Our Southwest Adventure – First Stop – Horseshoe Bend AZ

Leaving Phoenix with our $7 a day rental Corolla, we headed to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for our first stop. I had visions of arriving at sunset which were soon clearly not going to happen. So we diverted to Horseshoe Bend, another place I had never been, for photos there.  I knew my Zeiss 16-35mm would be an ideal lens for this spot and it was.  www.mikereidphotography.com #a7rDSC06267_stitchsmaller

Fiery Seattle Sunset Timelapse from the Columbia Center

Glad I went down to the Sky View Observatory last night as the sunset was pretty spectacular.  I liked the look of dusk light along the foothills of the Olympics so I went with 100mm.  Zeiss 100mm and Sony a7r camera.  Created in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS6.

Paradise Glacier Flowers

Paradise Glacier Flowers

Went back down to Rainier in search of more wildflower pictures. After overnighting over near Lake Tipsoo and catching the sunrise over there, I headed over to Paradise to see how the flowers were doing. Around nine am I set off up the Skyline and Lakes trails and found floral bliss. I scouted for a bit and then headed down back to Paradise for a nap. My goal was to get back on the trail in the evening for the best light.

That evening after some napping and some fun people watching at the Visitor Center, I packed up my gear and headed back into the flower fields. My gear for this kind of thing includes Canon 5D mk2, Zeiss 21mm, 28mm, 50mm and 100mm lenses and polarizer filters. I also brought my Gitzo GT0540 Carbon tripod (weighs 2lbs with ball head). Everything goes into an Arcteryx 30L pack which seems to work well with my back. I’ve worked over the years lightening up my gear and this set up seems to cover whatever I’m likely to come across in the field.

So my goal was to get to the end of the Paradise Glacier trail and work my way back down as the light got better after 7pm-ish. I found several extremely photogenic tarns up top and captured those. Also several fields of lupine, paintbrush and other wonderful flowers. I made it back to the trailhead about 9pm.

Last Light Amongst the Tulips

Last Light Amongst the Tulips

Saw the evening was to be sunny up north so I left Seattle around 3pm to get past the Boeing traffic. This year there are many planted fields and some even have yet to reach full potential which is awesome. I chose this field for the nice backdrop. The rows of puddles are a little less wet but still casting great reflections. Great to see big crowds up here as its good for the local economy.