We were not blessed with the best weather whilst at the park earlier this week. I have managed to salvage some shots – and here are early some early previews.
I have been looking forward to getting back to Mormon Row at Jackson Hole WY for near 20 years for a chance to re-take some of my most cherished shots. The last time that I was here, I was taking photographs on slide film.
After convincing Julie to be up at the crack of dawn and getting out to the area, the weather was not the greatest. There were some rain clouds around and earlier in the morning there had been some lightning around the back of the Tetons.
So, I have resigned to the fact that the photos will be processed in order to rescue them.
We went through the famous US park of Yosemite in CA a few days ago. Unfortunately, I have not had any time for the photo processing as yet, but here is a preview.
Bodie State Historic Park – California
We spent some time at Bodie in California and it provided some good photographic opportunities. The weather was great and the crowds were low.
Bodie is close to the town of Bridgeport in the Yosemite area. It is easily reached, but the last few kilometres is dirt road in good condition (by Australian standards).
This ghost town was a former large gold mining town that has been abandoned for many years. It was so large at a point in that it had 60 saloons.
I always end up packing more stuff than I actually need for a trip.
Most of the time, this is camera gear that I do not use or maybe clothes for the wrong season.
However, there is one unusual item that I always pack and I always use.
As a photographer, I prefer to use a tripod for travel shots – particularly landscapes. For shots taken early in the morning, or late at night, having a solid platform to keep the camera steady for long exposures is a must.
Choosing a tripod can be a quite a personal thing for photographers. Everyone has their favourite style or brand.
I have a number of great tripods of different styles which are solid but mostly are pretty heavy as well as cumbersome.
The one thing that always finds a place in our bag is a compact bluetooth speaker.
We love to have a bit of sound playing in hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins (or balconies). It sets the mood for our holiday. They are also very handy in noisy rooms as we can play white noise to overcome sounds like road or corridor noise. We quite often fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean played through a phone.
Well, we have a long plane trip coming up going to San Francisco.
We first have to travel to Sydney (Australia) and then after a layover, head off to the States. According to the trip plans, it is 2 hours to Sydney, 3 more hours on the ground there, and then 13.5 hours up to the California. Add some time in the airport at each end and in total we will be commuting for around 21 hours.
With all of that time to kill, I am going to need some serious tech to get me through.
Even though San Francisco is just a small part of the trip and with cities not being the focus, we are still keen to see quite a few things. It has been a lot of years since either of us have been there and we certainly want to discover some new things together.
We have not nailed down what we are going to see or in what order. There are a few items on the list which are ‘must sees’ but the rest we will sneek in as/when we can. Getting from place to place is probably going to be the hardest thing for us. We don’t plan on using much public transport but rather rely on Lyft services or walking between adjacent highlights.
There are quite a few things that we want to see in San Francisco. Among them are the following in no particular order.