We decided to separate our images for the
blog. No, we didn't have a fight; we just wanted to
as it was seen by the individual and not have one camera type compete or be
compared with the other. Moab
It's been 12-months since I got the Sony A7r and gave up the Canon 1DsIII and couldn't be happier. Lighter weight, smaller and high resolution are all things that were on the wish list and all were met.
Since we live near
the drive to Moab takes us
through the Navajo Nation near Driving Route 191 north takes you through a
diverse scenic landscape dotted that hasn't seen change in
years; vast countryside dotted with
sandstone monuments and a horizon that stretches for miles. Time it right and you'll encounter stunning
sunrise or sunsets. Chinle,
We were fortunate enough to experience the tail end of a stunning sunrise as we made our way north into
Utah and . Moab
Sony A7r FE24-70 (24mm) f/4 1/160 ISO 50
We timed our arrival in the
area getting there late morning driving out to Anticline Overlook which is
approximately 25-miles off Route 191.
The road is marked at the beginning for Needles and Anticline with
Anticline being the furthest. After
viewing both overlooks we like the view from Anticline the best and decided to
go there. The road is part paved and
part hard packed dirt with the majority covered in a combination of snow, ice
and in some spots mud. However, the view
is worth the trouble. Moab
We decided to park and walk into the area where this tree was located, a short uphill walk off the road to the overlooks.
Sony A7r FE24-70 (39mm) f/4.5 1/250 ISO 50
Sony A7r FE24-70 (43mm) f/8 1/250 ISO 50
The following day was spent exploring the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. One of the neat things to see is
on the drive to Needles. Best
time to photograph this unique spot is in the morning as the sun is rising. You
might also want to bring a wide lens with you. Newspaper Rock State Park
Sony A7r FE16-35 (16mm) f/11 1/200 ISO set to auto (2000)
Walk off the path in Needles and you'll find an Ancestral Puebloan granary tucked into a ledge above a dry wash. We learned the area around Needles has dozens of similar storage yet few dwellings.
Sony A7r FE24-70 (66mm) f/22 1/3200 ISO set to auto (6400)
The rest of our too short stay was taken up visiting
National Park where we visited Park Avenue ...
Sony A7r FE24-70 (48mm) 3-shot panorama f/5.6 1/100 ISO 50
Sony A7r FE24-70 (70mm) f/0 1/100 ISO 50.
(Notice this was shot as tight as I could with the lens at 70mm)
Travel north on Route 191 and you will come to a road leading to
Dead Horse State Park and Islands
in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. The drive to both takes you through
beautiful scenery filled with views of sandstone walls, arches and
the in the distance. Don't be in a hurry and try the many turnoffs
along the way. LaSalle Mountains
We stopped at Dead Horse State Park as Don wanted to try to capture the stunning views. Sadly both of us were disappointed that morning as the conditions just weren't as good as we'd like; however this is still a great place to visit.
Tree growing out of the rock near the overlook at Dead Horse.
Sony A7r FE24-70 (39mm) f/8 1/500 ISO set to auto (4000)
This is what you're left with when the landscape isn't working for you. The first shot is what Don was doing with his Phase One DF/IQ180 attempting to get a very low level image. The second is my attempt at the same thing without the use of the groundpod.
Sony A7r FE24-70 (48mm) f/4 1/250 ISO 125
Dead Horse State Park we ventured into Islands
in the Sky and were fortunate enough to have Mesa Arch all to ourselves which is unheard of--what a treat!
Sony A7r FE24-70 (24mm) f/8 1/4000 ISO set to auto (2000) 2-shot panorama.
We couldn't be in the
Islands in the Sky District without
stopping at the Green River Overlook which didn't disappoint us. Disclaimer here - while it looked great this
is more of an artist rendering rather than the actual conditions...
Sony Ar7 FE24-70 (41mm) f/11 1/500 ISO 640
Don sitting down on the job at the Grand View Overlook.
We had one last morning before heading to the South Rim,
Sony Ar7 FE24-70 (30mm) f/8 1/25 ISO 50
A note on processing. All images were first opened in Capture One Pro where they were viewed and graded. We also did slight processing in C1 such as lens correction and in some cases working on highlights and shadows. The files we liked were saved in a Tiff format before sending them to Photoshop CC where they were opened, and processed using a combination of NIK Software before they were saved as Jpegs. I'm very pleased with the
the trip as I came away each day with at least one gallery print that will be posted to our web gallery for sale. Moab
What do I think of the Sony A7r after one-year? I love it. Lightweight small body with a combination of equally lightweight lens that allow me to shoot handheld most of the time. The combination of the FE lenses, 70-200, 24-70 and 16-35 all give the focal length I desire. Having the much higher resolution also helps.
Thank you for visiting. Don says he'll post his views of
One last image of the walking bridge north of Moab as it crosses the Colorado River.
Sony A7r FE24-70 (24mm) f/6.3 1/125 ISO 50
Sandy (and Don)
Tree Growing out of rock Dead horse is my favorite.ReplyDelete
Thanks for visiting!
Beautiful...makes you feel like you are there experiencing it.ReplyDelete
Thank you both for visiting! Moab is a very special/beautiful place.ReplyDelete