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Aleksandra Miesak
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/5/2007
 

Desert photography


Hello everyone,
I was wondering if any of you could help me out. I am planning on going on a 10 day trip to the southwest (starting in vegas, hitting zion, page, antelope canyon, grand canyon, and havasu falls) and wanted to get some advice on equipment and further reading. I have a Nikon D80 and a crappy, old tripod that needs upgrading. I also have a 50mm and a 70 to 300mm lenses. Also any ideas on side photo trips would be great.
Thanks,
Aleks


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1/29/2007 11:58:36 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  A wide angle lens would be a worthwhile investment for those beautiful southwestern scenic vistas.

For side trips, consider Arches National Park and Coral and Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah.
Shoot early and late on a sunny clear day to make those red rocks and dunes really come alive!

Bob


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1/30/2007 11:49:34 AM

 
Stephanie M. Stevens   It's dusty, keep that in mind when you switch lenses, try to keep the open camera body sheilded and clean everything regularly. Have fun, I love that area!


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1/30/2007 1:15:03 PM

 
Aleksandra Miesak
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/5/2007
  Thanks for great advice guys. And I have been practicing fast and "clean" lense changing method. Regardless I'm going to avoid changing it in dusty conditions if possible but you just never know.


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1/30/2007 3:21:20 PM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  Not far from Arches is Dead Horse Point State Park. I enjoyed the park as a side trip when we did that loop. As Bob mentioned the Coral Pink Sand Dune SP is beautiful. The sand is an incredible orange color. You mentioned hitting Zion so don't forget Bryce NP as well. Those two parks aren't too far apart either.

If I could choose any one lens for a trip like that I'd do my best to get the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens. No need then to change lenses unless you need a longer telephoto than 200mm.

Happy shooting!


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1/30/2007 5:12:59 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
 
 
  The Flattops
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Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
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  Dune
Dune
Coral and Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah
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  Red Canyon
Red Canyon
Dixie National Forest, Utah
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Yes,...Bryce is stunning.
If you are fortunate enough to be there after a fresh snowfall you will see some spectacular views from the rim at daybreak.
The trails inside the canyon may be too icy to hike in but at 300 mm you can zoom in on the distant spires of red rock nicely.

For another side trip, you might consider the Petrified Forest in north-eastern Arizona. In addition to the numerous fields of petrified wood, there, you'll find early native-American drawings and unique geological features that truly define the desert southwest.

I've attached a few photos from my trip last January.

Bob


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1/31/2007 3:55:21 AM

 
John Nunziato   It is dusty in the desert and everywhere else in the world , but most important when changing digital camera lenses is to shut it off first.
A good way to see dirt specs on the sensors is to shoot a plain blue sky and zoom in on it on the preview.
Also think about buying a digital
sensor cleaning kit for you camera.
John N.


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1/31/2007 6:15:21 AM

 
Aleksandra Miesak
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/5/2007
  Thanks everyone, these are all great ideas and I will try to check out these locations if I have time (and if I don't get dumped by my friends for taking too many pictures...).

Has anyone used any portable storage devices? I don't really want to log around my lap top and wanted to know if it's better if I get extra memory cards or trust a storage device?

Thanks for all your help.

Aleks.


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1/31/2007 6:33:58 AM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  Personally, I'd get a storage device rather than try to buy more memory cards. You'll use up your memory cards in no time on a trip like that. If I were going to use memory cards alone I would want at least a 2gb card for each day of shooting and that's very conservative especially if you're shooting RAW with the D80.


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1/31/2007 6:46:50 AM

 
Aleksandra Miesak
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/5/2007
  That is a good point. Is there a specific brand that's more reliable than others?


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1/31/2007 7:05:10 AM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  Hopefully someone who is familiar with the storage devices will be able to help you. I take my laptop with me.


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1/31/2007 7:40:29 AM

 
Stephanie M. Stevens   As far as storage devices go I don't know about some brands being better than others, but there's lots of different stuff out there. Wolverine (wolverinedata.com) makes several different models, the one I have, the ESP, has a three inch screen and can also be used to listen to music or watch movies. Of course, that means more money. They also make them with screens that only show info, not the picture itself, that are cheaper. Epson and JOBO make similar storage devices that are more expensive for the amount of memory, but they're prettier. :) Look for ones that have memory card slots for direct download, they don't all have them. B&H and Adorama are good places to start, look under stand-alone storage.


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1/31/2007 2:57:32 PM

 
Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  I use the Nikon Coolwalker. It holds 30gb of data, has a 2.5 inch LCD screen, has interface for laptop, etc. Displays image info including histogram. Uses CF cards but you can purchase an adaptor for SD cards. You can find it for around 260 bucks or so. I got mine on ebay used for 150! Works great!

Ray


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1/31/2007 7:37:48 PM

 
Aleksandra Miesak
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/5/2007
  Thanks,
I have search around and the ones that show up the most are the wolverine and appear to be the cheapest. I don't really care about "pretty" (HAHA) or music so maybe I can save some $$$ getting the simpler ones. But I will check out ebay for deals, sometimes you can get lucky. I'm just getting back into my hobby so I'm still on a budget.


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2/1/2007 6:34:17 AM

 
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