97% were taken outside of Los Angeles
97% were taken in AMERICA
77% involved eating Mountain House that morning or that evening
71% were taken where cell phones don’t work
68% were taken with a f/5.6 aperture kit zoom lens
45% involved camping in sub-freezing overnight temps
45% were taken in California
37% required walking at least four miles
34% were shot off of a tripod, though really 71% should have been
28% involved walking at least eight miles
20% have people in them, but only 8% with people as the subjects
14% were taken with a prime lens, usually a Fisheye
14% involved walking more than 12 miles
11% were shot from inside my car
8% were taken with a pocket camera
8% were taken with a professional quality lens
1 was taken using a flash
1 was a selfie
0 were taken with a cell phone camera
In order for me to take the best photos I can, the data suggests I: go for an early morning walk with a camera, one cheap lens, and a tripod.
I didn’t make a video last year so just strung together all the unused crap from 2013 (i.e. all of it).
Chesler Park Loop, Canyonlands Natl Park, UT
The Nutcracker, Joshua Tree Natl Park, CA
Horseshoe Mesa, Grand Canyon Natl Park, AZ
Music: ‘This’ by j.kleinberg
Driving 11 hours, one way, for a 3.5 mile hike.
The road to the trailhead was closed but was still accessible 5.5 miles down another trail, down 2,200 vertical feet. We overnighted in a creek bed which of course was sub-freezing.
Only 50 permits are issued a day, so to ensure our misery, we got to the Ranger station before it opened to line up. Guess how many other idiots signed up? Some backtracking was involved but all told it was about 3,800 feet of elevation gain and 17 miles on foot. Oh yeah and 22 hours in the car.