Happy Earth Day to you, this April 22nd, 2018. I feel like I experience Earth Day every time I visit a national park. On this occasion, I was up with scads of other people at Sunrise Point in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, watching: the sunrise.
The view beyond Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah
This morning’s “Featured Story” in the National Parks Traveler deals with an interview I held with Kate Cannon, superintendent of the Southeast Utah Group. I spoke with Superintendent Cannon during the first week of January while I was in Utah, photographing in both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
To read the article, click on the photo to be taken to the site.
I just realized after posting Part 2 of this Armchair Photography Guide, that I neglected to ever post Part 1! So, click on the photo above to be taken to Part 1, published in the National Parks Traveler back on September 12, 2017.
Sunrise and moonset over Heaven’s Peak in Glacier National Park, Montana
Every year, the National Parks Traveler publishes four seasonal guides to the national parks. One of my images is featured on the cover of the summer 2017 Essential Guide, and I have a photo spread and feature story about spending 3 days in Glacier National Park. Click on the photo to be taken to the article.
On a side note, I will be traveling back to Glacier NP this September, along with my Canons and a brand new medium format camera, the Pentax 645z. I plan on sharing the resulting photos as well as my thoughts about the Pentax and using medium format for landscape photography.
(Note: this is not a full, thorough, pixel-peeping review of either lens. If you are looking for that, you won’t find it in this post).
A 14mm View of Creekfield Lake, Brazos Bend State Park, Texas (Canon 5DSR body)
I recently purchased a Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II lens from Lensauthority and wanted to try it out at Brazos Bend State Park, here in Texas. I live about 25 minutes away from the park and this was the perfect venue for some super-wide angle shots. I loaded up the Canon 5DS and 5DSR camera bodies with these lenses and hit the road.
You might not think there is much difference between a 16-35mm and 14mm lens, but there actually is. It’s not huge, but it’s still a difference. And, in retrospect, what I should have done was take along the 16-35mm lens to show that difference. Maybe next time.
I like prime lenses. I know that many reviews say the newer versions of the zoom lenses are just as sharp as the primes. But I still think prime lenses are a teeny bit sharper (although I do love my 24-70mm and 16-35mm lenses which I travel with exclusively).
I like the 14mm lens for the interesting perspective such a super-wide gives. It’s perfect for landscapes and for architecture (interior views, especially). This lens is going with me on my late March Big Bend National Park trip to photograph the cactus blooms.
Another 14mm View of Creekfield Lake, Brazos Bend State Park, Texas (Canon 5DSR body)
I also purchased a Canon 24mm f/1.4L II lens from BH Photo. It’s not the super-wide angle that the 14mm lens is, but it’s a gorgeous lens nonetheless which produces wonderfully sharp images, and I find that I use the 24mm focal length quite a bit for my landscapes. As I mentioned earlier, I do like the primes (although the zooms are far more practical to take on a trip, I admit).
A 24mm View of Creekfield Lake, Brazos Bend State Park, Texas (Canon 5DS body)
So the 24mm lens is going along with the 14mm lens to Big Bend National Park. As is my Canon 100mm macro lens and my Canon 100-400mm lens. Aside from the telephoto, this next Big Bend trip is going to be a prime lens-kind of trip.
Another 24mm View of Creekfield Lake (cropped just a little to make it more panoramic-ish), Brazos Bend State Park, Texas (Canon 5DS body)