I’ve been back for a couple of weeks now from my trip to the Pacific Northwest. The return to my “normal” life was slow and arduous. I was so ready to turn around and escape again.
Don’t get me wrong; there’s a lot I like about my “normal” life. But there’s a lot I like about traveling and experiencing new places.
As I look back on the experience, the most meaningful parts of the trip were the beginning and end. I started my trip visiting my college friend Claire and her family. I ended my trip visiting my friend Tricia and her collection of Hood River friends.
Yosemite, the Eastern Sierra, and the Cascade Range are fabulous. But they don’t hold as much meaning to me as renewing and growing old friendships. So thank you, Claire and Trish, for being the bookends of a wonderful trip. I can’t wait to see you again.
I was inspired by the long hikes.
I was inspired by blue skies and mild temperatures.
I was inspired by the beauty of the nature around me.
I was inspired by the people I met along the journey.
I was inspired by the photos that came out of my cameras at the end of each day.
I was inspired by my friends around the world who followed me on this blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter. I wish you could have come along.
Photographically, there were a few themes that really stand out about the trip…
- With each use, I grow more and more excited about the images coming out of my infrared camera. (I had my Nikon D200 converted to infrared by Life Pixel.) I’m pleased to announced that I’ve started making prints for sale directly from my Zenfolio Landscapes Gallery, and the first three images are all infrared photos from this trip. I’ll be expanding this gallery in the coming weeks and months.
- I had a blast photographing the windsurfers on the Columbia River. It requires a lot of the same skills as bird photography. I flipped a few familiar settings on the camera, and I was ready to follow the action.
- I enjoyed learning about night photography from Michael Frye, Mike Osborne, and my fellow Ansel Adams Gallery workshop participants.
For those who care about equipment…
- Nikon D200, converted to infrared by Life Pixel
- Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
- Nikon D700
- Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens
- Nikkor 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 lens
- Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 lens
- Canon Vixia HF S100 High-Definition Camcorder
- Sandisk Extreme III and Lexar Professional CompactFlash cards, Delkin SDHC cards
- Domke F-1X Camera Bag, my favorite camera bag ever
- REI Lookout 40 Daypack
- Gitzo G1027 Mark II Mountaineer Carbon Fiber tripod
- Bogen/Manfrotto 3221W tripod
- Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead
And for those who care about numbers…
- 688 photos with the D700
- 516 infrared photos with the D200
- 15 still photos with the Canon Vixia, and about 45 minutes of video
Yes, that’s right, I really took two tripods, three camera bodies, and four lenses with me. They all got used. (One tripod is lightweight and small for hiking. The other is sturdy and great for night photography and windsurfing photography.)
Thanks for reading this blog. I can’t wait to take you along again. More to come soon.