Winter Road Trip: Day 2

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After a good night’s rest…well, sort of (due to how cold it got), we continued our adventure. Once we woke up, we made some breakfast and packed up our stuff to do some hiking in the state park we were already at, Big Trees State Park.

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We started to get really tired and hungry, so decided it was best to head back towards home.

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It’s crazy to think that something this close to home existed. People often take what’s nearby us for granted. There’s so much more out there if you search for it. So the next time you or someone you know says something such as, “There’s nothing to do around here” then take the time (to tell them) to do some research and the motivation to explore unknown areas. It’s not about being into the “outdoors stuff”, just learn appreciate the simple things in life.

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Canon 5D Mark III + EF17-35mm f/2.8 + EF85mm f/1.8

Winter Road Trip: Day 1

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My friend and I spent our Monday and Tuesday along highway CA-4, also known as Ebbetts Pass. Ebbetts Pass is a very beautiful scenic road through the Sierra Nevada. Ebbetts Pass peak is at around 8,700+ ft! However, because of how cold it was, the rest of Ebbett’s Pass past Lake Alpine (7,000 ft+) was closed. We decided to camp at Big Trees State Park (4,700+ ft). After we set up camp, we headed east towards Lake Alpine for an adventure.

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Though the daytime was short, it was well worth it. It was a race against time to capture photos of the beautiful scenery, and preparing some food then to getting ready to go to sleep was very satisfying.

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Canon 5D Mark III + EF17-35mm f/2.8 + EF85mm f/1.8

 

 

Fall Night Lights

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Most people carry expensive cameras nowadays. It’s only natural to be scared not to use it when it’s raining. However, sometimes you just gotta risk it to get that shot. It’s so satisfying sometimes to get out of your comfort zone.

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 + XF18mm f/2 + XF35mm f/1.4

Making Time

_G5A0805I haven’t made any time to shoot lately. Since I was coming home from San Francisco Airport, I figured I might as well take some photographs. It was actually a great chance to do so since I haven’t even seen the new section of the Bay Bridge.

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Canon 5D Mark III + EF 17-35mm f/2.8 L + EF 85mm f/1.8

A Place for Skies

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Canon 5D Mark III + 17-35mm f/2.8 L

The California Cruise

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I remember it was a Wednesday night, and I was bored out of my mind. I had this urge to really go out, do something, and be somewhere. I wanted to see California. Thursday night came, and I found myself packing my things. I looked at maps deciding where I wanted to go and what I wanted to see. I had decided on traveling north of San Francisco on Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1). I didn’t really know where to stop and I knew I could drive on for days, but I only had 2 days off work. I planned to stop at Salt Point State Park which is north of Jenner.

I left on Friday at noon, but the one mistake that I made and didn’t realize was that it was Labor day weekend. People were getting out and going camping. Realizing this, I decided to stop short at Stillwater Cove Regional park and ended up getting the last lot at the campsite. Once I made camp, I went out for a hike and drove around to look for some views. Here are the highlights of my trip:

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This little adventure along the north coast of California was what I needed. There’s so much out there to be discovered and seen. I’ve come across some of the most amazing and inspirational people along the way. I will never forget this journey and what it’s taught me. Perhaps one day, I’ll compile my photos of my future road trips along highway 1 into a book. There’s so much more to see out there.

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Canon 5D Mark III + EF 17-35mm f/2.8 L + EF 85mm f/1.8

First Try at Infrared Photography

_DSF1947I recently discovered that my Fujifilm X-Pro 1 was seeing both visible and infrared light. This is awesome because now I don’t have to buy a camera with an altered sensor or pay to have my sensor permanently altered. I did the research and picked up a Hoya R72 filter to try it out.  When I screwed on the filter, exposure times skyrocketed to lengthy times. Good thing I had a tripod with me. The photo above is the first shot I took with the filter on. As you can see, the entire photo is just plain red. When I converted the RAW file to DNG, I created a profile to calibrate the white balance. The reason is because simply correcting the white balance in Lightroom wouldn’t surpass the threshold to neutralize the red color cast. Once I was able to neutralize the color, I took it into Photoshop for some color channel swapping. I swapped the reds and blues, altered the color tones through curves, adjusted the contrast and blacks and highlights, and finally played with the color balance to get a cyan and pink tone. And so here is a result of my quick alteration:

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Here are a few more shot with my 18mm f/2 (27mm equivalent). However, as you can see, there is a hot spot on the lens.This is an optical issue.  The only simple way to get rid of it is by converting the colors to black and white. 😦_DSF1961 _DSF1989-Edit

Other than that, I think IR is something I might start doing a lot more. It’s really fun, creative, and exciting. I’ve trained myself to have an eye for a lot of things: shadows, reflections, colors, black and white, etc. And now I’ll have to train myself and develop an eye for IR. Quite exciting considering how challenging it is.

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 + XF35mm f/1.4 + XF18mm f/2

Hoya R72 IR filter