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05-23-2008, 11:11 PM   #1
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A Pentax K20D, a Jeep and a crazy Pentaxian.

Last Monday, I got up early and drove to Silverwood Lake in Southern California. It's about twenty miles from where I live. Once there, I decided to drive up a dirt road that took me all the way to the top of the San Bernardino Mountains. What a nice quiet day this was. I was alone, and I stopped often along the way up to take some pictures. I had my K20D, the DA 16-45, the DA 10-17 and the DA 50-200. The higher I got, the fresher the air got. Only the sound of birds and wind could be heard. It was just me, my camera, my Jeep and Mother Nature. All the stress of the daily grind was gone.


There is nothing like taking a day off and go somewhere away from you job, your family, your town, and everything that you have to deal with on a daily basis. Instead of shooting like I had no time to spare, I took my time and composed the shots carefully. Instead of taking 1000 pictures like so many of us do, I shot less than 100 pictures through the whole day. We live in a ridiculously fast world. We're in a hurry but we don't know why.

Even my pictures taken that day transcend a feeling of peace and tranquility. Of course, it was peaceful and tranquil. I posted some of the shots that were good for pano here and I hope you like them. I might post pictures of the flora at the 8000 ft altiture. It was spectacular.

I had time to use my tripod, check the composition many times before taking the actual pictures, and was not pressed to hurry up at all. I came back home rested and with more keepers than duds. I turned some of the pictures into fake panoramic pictures by cropping the large 14.6mp images that the K20D produces.

All and all, it's good to get away from it all once in a while. You ought to try it. When the stress is gone, your creativity kicks in...I think!

Thank you for reading.

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05-23-2008, 11:34 PM   #2
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Ah, lucky you, glad you had a great day. Nice shot.
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I think you've reaped beautifull reward for your early morning trip.
Really nice shot...
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sounds like a wonderful day!

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There is something about the mountains, the Jeep, solitude and that camera which all fit nicely to create a magnificient day--thanks!

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I turned some of the pictures into fake panoramic pictures by cropping the large 14.6mp images that the K20D produces.
Nice shot and it conveys a lot of tranquillity.

It is a big benefit of the high resolution sensors that you can crop almost at will and still have a high-res photo!
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The landscape is beautiful but I think the Jeep really adds to the picture. I also have a Jeep but have always strived to keep it out of the photo. Then, last year in Monument Valley, on a whim, I included the Jeep in a few photos and discovered, in my opinion, that it definitely added something to scene, like how did I get there.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JohnV3 Quote
The landscape is beautiful but I think the Jeep really adds to the picture. I also have a Jeep but have always strived to keep it out of the photo. Then, last year in Monument Valley, on a whim, I included the Jeep in a few photos and discovered, in my opinion, that it definitely added something to scene, like how did I get there.
You should put some of those pictures here, on this thread. If fact, why not have all Jeep owners or 4WD owners send us pictures here. How many Pentax owners also go take pictures using their Jeep or 4WD to get to the remote places? That would be very interesting in itself, don't you think?

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Sounds like you really had a good day, and got some great picture out if -- can anyone ask for more?
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I really like that shot, almost idyllic - you had a better Monday than me! I used to ride my mountain bike around Lake Silverwood until my injured back put a stop to that. Nice job on the pano, that one belongs in a frame.
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So true Yvon. I just the love the 'sound of silence'...it is something to be treasured. (no, its not a song!)

Those that have had the good fortune to experience the 'sound of silence' will understand what I mean, it is something I miss a lot having moved from the country to the city.

Something I also intend to correct shortly.

Cheers and thanks for posting.
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I really like that shot, almost idyllic - you had a better Monday than me! I used to ride my mountain bike around Lake Silverwood until my injured back put a stop to that. Nice job on the pano, that one belongs in a frame.
I'm sorry about your back. Maybe you can buy a Jeep and let it do all the work. It was really beautiful atop the mountains. I have many shots of the beautiful flora at that altitude. Next week, I may post more pictures because I was amazed at what Mother Nature can do. There was a fire there a little while back. You can see the big dead trees all black because of the fire, but surrounded by new plants and flowers. The contrasty scene is fantastic. It shows how Mother Earth is resourcefull.

Thank you for your comments. I would like a framed picture of of the Jeep above, but my wife has a totally different view about what goes on the walls. Maybe the garage would be an acceptable place.
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Yvon: At your suggestion, I've attached the Jeep in Monument Valley photo. It's not artistic, just a snapshot.

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Yvon: At your suggestion, I've attached the Jeep in Monument Valley photo. It's not artistic, just a snapshot.

John
Actually, I think that Jeep would have been proud of that picture for advertisement. More importantly, doesn't this picture remind you of good times? If it does, it's not just a snapshot. it a priceless souvenir.

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I think that shot would be good enough for Jeep to use in their advertising, the Jeep just looks like it 's meant to be there ready to ride into that landscape. Why not contact them?
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