Monday, December 8, 2014

Havasupai Point - BCE - Tundra

Best Campsite Ever?


This weekend we took the FJ out to the Edge of the World (overlooking Sedona) and Havasupai Point (overlooking the Grand Canyon). Accompanied by my buddy Case and his Tundra, we got in over 100 miles of off-road travel in two days of cliffside camping. We saw the grand canyon from one of the least-visited overlooks on the south rim, hiked down into the canyon, drank lots of coffee, and generally had a beautiful mini-vacation, for less than the cost of one hotel room for one night.

Coffee from It's About Coffee in Flagstaff. Very smooth.

Frick Family breakfast

Using my Canyon Coolers 22qt as a table... works great!

 Tundra with FlipPac overlooking Sedona

 Closing the FlipPac

Ready to roll!

 25 miles in the dirt each way from Flagstaff to our camp at Edge of the World (near East Pocket). Most of this road you could do in your prius, as long as you don't mind getting it wet and going slow over a few bumpy parts. Lots of hunting camps out there this time of year, but they didn't bother us.

From Flagstaff, we trucked up to Havasupai Point. A little-known overlook on the Havasupai reservation. The entrance is about half a mile south of the park entrance, near Tusayan. About 40 miles of off-road to the campsite, including a stop to pay the Havasupai tribe to enter their land ($25 per car, per entrance). Beautiful driving, and highly recommended. High clearance vehicles only. Both the FJ and the Tundra handled admirably.

Set up camp right on the rim. (yes, I climbed a tree to get this shot)

Quick photo for Canyon Coolers at sunset.

The next morning, after a quick hike into the canyon, we packed up and headed back around noon.

The FJ

Final photo op before we landed back in civilization.

Havasupai Point was easily the most tranquil, beautiful campsite I have ever been to. No wind, no other campers, not even much other traffic on the roads out there. We had the entire place to ourselves. In fact, the ranger said we were the only group to enter the entire weekend. It really doesn't get any better than that.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Push the button; push yourself

Haven't been shooting as much recently. Been focused on other stuff, not necessarily in a good or a bad way... but that other stuff has been taking me away from photography.

So, my goal is to shoot more in December than I did in November. Making photographs even in the mundane, everyday situations that don't easily lend themselves to inspiration. Though, even my "mundane" day-job consists of being surrounded by photography, art, and continual aesthetic challenge... so that beats the hell out of a cubicle!

Working on getting more prints. More photographs that I can hold in my hand.

The button-pushing continues.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Camping at Apache Lake with AZFJ

First - the frames from the Nikon camera. All with the 70-200mm f/2.8
Big focus on kayaking this weekend, thanks to Kev and his Hobie Mirage. Also ended up photographing the kids of the group. It was refreshing to see kids playing in the dirt and learning how to fish instead of staring at a screen. Of course, posting pictures of other people's kids is a little weird, so I will send those photos directly to the parents.

(the CeeFish camping survival kit)

Now the frames from the Olympus E-PL1 Micro 4:3 camera. I learned that the raw files from this camera are different somehow because Adobe DNG converter wouldn't convert them to play nice with CS4 compatibility and higher. But when I dropped the setting to CS3 and higher, it worked just fine. Major drawback is that the files are 55mb after they get converted... which is at least a little crazy, and easily 4 times the size of my Nikon files. Not because they contain more data, but because the DNG conversion is less efficient somehow.

The Ferrari club was out and about during my drive down to the lake. I drove with them for an hour or so and enjoyed it immensely. 

Pyro... AKA the Fire Master...

Pyro's minions...

Testing out a fun all-purpose light. Review to come later (I like it)

Group shot by the fire.

Another shot of the CeeFish Camping Surivial Kit. Not as sharp as the Nikon.

 Thanks to the AZFJ crew for having me along. Let's do it again soon!