I was very eager to test Canon’s 11-24mm at the Sky View Observatory. I wanted to see what 11mm meant as far as pov goes and aside from taking a number of random photos, I also made a timelapse video. I had adapted the lens onto my Sony a7r using a Metabones III adapter which allows for electronic control and eventual AF. I can tell you that the protruding lens shade petals and front element make blocking out internal reflections against the Observatory’s windows challenging. But I think I made a decent go of it. I returned the lens this morning and felt ok about letting it go. For me, 11mm is cool but a rare requirement and my Sony 16-35mm makes me very happy. It certainly weighs a lot less, has OSS and of course doesn’t need a Metabones adapter.
I had heard that Park Butte, the area south of Mount Baker was clear of snow. So I decided to hike in last night and catch both sunset and sunrise. I’m glad I brought my Zpacks 10 degree down sleeping bag and down jacket since it was rather nippy. I also used this trip to test out my new Inreach SE Satellite 2way communicator. All in all a great hike and nice early start to this morning. www.mikereidphotography.com
A tarn near Park Butte just as the sun crested the ridge.
I really hadn’t thought much past the Grand Canyon stop as far as photo opportunities. The weather along the North Rim was disappointingly overcast. Our next hotel was Flanigans, located right outside of Zion and I figured I could scout around and find some compositions. Driving through the park, however, to get there was an absolute revelation and the sights would become the highlight of our trip. Definitely going back as we only scratched the surface. #zion http://www.mikereidphotography.com
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 #a7r
Haze from Siberian grassfires have led to a series of hazy sunsets with an especially vivid Sun. This is from the Sky View Observatory atop the Columbia Center in Seattle. Sony a7r and Zeiss 100-300mm lens. http://www.mikereidphotography.com #skyviewobservatory @yourtake
This is the view from West Seattle across Elliott Bay. With a long enough lens, Baker looks very close to the Space Needle. In fact, its about a 3 hour drive away. This was shot last night with my sony a7r, Zeiss 100-300 and a mutar 2x doubler. http://www.mikereidphotography.com #spaceneedle