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Photo Adventure: The Best Camera

25 Jun

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Tenaya Lake Encased in Fog

These pictures are from all the way back in May when I took a weekend trip to the Eastern Sierra.

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Tuolumne River, sadly bare of snow

Unfortunately, I forgot to charge my camera battery, or rather, forgot to pack the battery I had charged….and forgot to bring the car charger I bought specifically so I could recharge my camera batteries during road trips. Awesome.

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Sunset at South Tufa

(Also, a jar of Nutella was pretty much the only provisions I brought for the entire trip. Either I wasn’t at my smartest when I packed my food, or I was a freaking genius. I can’t decide which.)

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Snowy June Lake Loop

Besides I couldn’t skip posting these, look who showed up!

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Aprilly!

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Aprilly and Greg!

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They brought better food than I did, and even managed to make baked brie in a dutch oven in a downpour. Left to my own devices, I probably would have just eaten spoonfuls of Nutella in my van. I’m glad they endeavored because it was soooo good. (I offered to spread some of my half-eaten jar of Nutella on it, but for some reason they declined.)

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The next day the weather cleared enough for us to hike into Lundy Canyon.

It turns out Greg and I have differing opinions on photo orientation. He hates anything that isn’t landscape. This immediately made me want to champion portrait orientation as the superior choice in photo layouts. But then I realized that I’ve been shooting more and more in a square format since I started goofing off on Instagram, and I kinda like that too. So here it is, I’m stating it for the record: I’m pro photo layout diversity.

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~Robin

P.S. I miss you!

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Photo Adventure: New Toys!

1 Mar

My brother (the great enabler of all things involving photography) gave me new toys for the holidays.

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I was excited to play with them, but I was hopelessly lost at first. (After several minutes of struggle, I finally realized why I couldn’t get any of my new filters to attach to the lens; there was already a UV filter on it. Yes, I’ve had this camera for two years. No, I never noticed it before.) I’m going to be the first to admit that I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I am having fun.

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Half Dome through a fisheye lens

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El Capitan and the Three Brothers with a wide-angle lens

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Yosemite Falls and the Merced River with a ND8 Filter (I think.)

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El Capitan, with orange and blue filters

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El Capitan and the Three Brothers, with fisheye? wide-angle? I don’t know.

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Tenaya Creek. I’m not even going to try and guess what I used here.

I still have a bunch of macro lenses to play with!

~Robin

Photo Adventure: Death Valley

24 Jan

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Hey, remember when I came back from vacation three months ago and I was all excited to blog about it, but instead of posting I dropped off the face of the earth instead?

Yeah. Sorry about that.

However, I did have a wild time in Death Valley (those are the salt flats at Bad Water above) and I still want to share my pictures. There are lots.

Scotty’s Castle

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In retrospect Scotty’s Castle was a weird place to start my Death Valley trip because I came to the park expecting rugged desert scenery and instead found myself wandering through a pristine dessert mansion. However, the story of Death Valley Scotty and Albert Johnson is wonderfully entertaining, and the house tour was one of the best National Park Service tours I’ve been on.

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Ubehebe Crater

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I had only a little time at Ubehebe before the sun went down, but the hike around the crater is easy and the scenery is amazing.

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Fall Canyon

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I took a short hike in Fall Canyon on the recommendation of a park ranger. It piqued my interest because I’d never seen a box canyon before. It was cool, but slightly creepy. Every time my feet shifted a rock the sound would echo back from the canyon walls. This was particularly alarming, since I’m used to being on constant alert for rockfall. I was acutely aware that I was alone in a fairly remote spot. It also didn’t help that, for some weird reason, I kept imagining the Sand People hiding around every bend. (Thanks a lot,  George Lucas.) I didn’t make it all the way to the dry falls, but I would love to go back and explore the canyon again with a friend.

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The alluvial fan at the bottom of the canyon.

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Because Fall Canyon cuts through several rock layers, the occasional flash flood has deposited a rainbow of rocks on the canyon floor.

Mesquite Flat Dunes

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I spent way more time at the sand dunes than I intended, and looking back at my pictures and paintings, apparently became temporarily obsessed with line and texture.

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(The sunset colors weren’t too shabby either.)

Wildrose

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Wildrose was easily my favorite part of the park. Although I saw more people there than I did at Fall Canyon, this section of the park seemed more remote, and very wild. It also had the best night sky viewing I have ever seen.

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~Robin

Photo Adventure: Winter Backpacking (In May)

6 Jun

I should have known better.

We were getting ready for a backpacking trip, the weather was beautiful as we packed our gear; not too hot, not a cloud in the sky. And then I said the stupidest thing possible.

“It’s May. How bad could the weather possibly be?”

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Three days of every form of precipitation and chilling dampness you can imagine. It snowed on us. It hailed on us. It rained on us. There was lightning. We even got fogged in.

And yet, through all of the heinous weather, I had a great time. The company was first rate. There were ZERO complaints, and they didn’t rise up as one and hang me by my ankles from a tree for tempting fate.

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It even cleared up for us just the tiniest bit. (As we were hiking out.)

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Two days later I was sweating in 93 degree heat.

~Robin

Photo Adventure: Yay! Mountains!

26 May

I’m not even going to attempt to string all of these photos together in a logical way. Sometimes life is just crazy, chaotic, and awesome, especially when it is full of mountains.

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Eastern Sierra near Mammoth Hotsprings

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White Mountains over Hot Creek

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Mystery flower. My best guess is Dessert Peach

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Dike and Cathedral

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Glacial Erratic and Cathedral

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Western White Pine or Foxtail Pine. I can’t decide which.

I’m 0 for 2 on this plant ID thing.

~Robin

Earth Day: Weekend Images

26 Apr

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Chipmunk in Bristlecone Pines

~April

Earth Day: Weekend Images

20 Apr

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Itsy Bitsy Spider
Spider at the Austin Botanical Garden

Happy Easter Everyone!

~April

Earth Day: Weekend Images

13 Apr

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If April can post pictures on the weekends then so can I!

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Especially because this is what the Merced River Canyon looks like right now. I love you all but I have better things to be doing than sitting inside chained to my computer on a day like this. The orange glow that looks (as my roommate Kelsey so eloquently put it) like Cheeto dust, are poppies in bloom!

~Robin

Earth Day: Weekend Images

12 Apr

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Caterpillar (I think it might be a Garden Tiger Moth?) at Irvine Regional Park

~April

Photo Adventure: Cuyahoga Valley

1 Jan

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Snow Covered Bridge on the Blue Hen Falls Trail

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Honey Combed Sharon Conglomerate Sandstone, Virginia Kendall Ledges

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Ohio and Erie Canal, near Ira Trailhead

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Cloudscape, Everett Road

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Treescape, Towpath Trail

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Blue Hen Falls Trail

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Kristina, Tree hugging near the Octagon

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Blue Hen Falls

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Frozen Trees, Beaver Marsh

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I adore this place.

~Robin