Excellent Photo Adventures…It’s A Beautiful Morning

The first day of Excellent Photo Adventures…Spirit of the American Southwest arrived with a windstorm that blew through Monument Valley obscuring the view and blowing sand every which way.  Our guide, Tom, came by and canceled our shoot and we re-scheduled for the next day.  We made the best of the situation working images and discussing night photography while we prayed to the photo gods for better weather the next day.  Tom arrived at o’dark thirty to pick us up and put us at Totem Pole for first light.  And what a morning it was.  There were some clouds and some residule dust in the air that provided us with a lovely sunrise…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

From the exact same spot we were positioned so that when the first light bathed the Valley, we simply turned to the right for another beautiful view of distant formations, sand dunes and the soft greens of the sage brush…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

With the sun still low in the sky we moved into position to get sidelight on the dunes to capture the great texture in the sand from the previous day’s wind storm.

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

Once again the photo gods smiled upon our shoot providing us with beautiful light and great subjects to point our lenses at.  With nearly two weeks of D4 use under my belt, I am really getting into the groove of the new placement of the buttons and dials, the performance and the quality of the camera.  I am using the camera in real world situations and it is doing a fine job.  I’m looking forward to putting it through it’s paces next month when I visit Florida to photograph birds.  I did purchase the camera for wildlife after all.  Stay tuned.