Death Valley hiking trip

I have always loved deserts after my Joshua Tree trip years ago. I find the stark beauty of it amazing. To start off the year right, a hiking trip to Death Valley is just the ticket! Death Valley in California has the highest recorded temperature on earth (62 Celsius) in the summertime. It is dry, hot, desolate, and beautiful. The starry sky at night is unbeatable here, with the milky way clearly visible.

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The camera that went to Disneyland: G11

After the previous post, I received various comments from everyone on the blog and on Facebook.  I considered everything, and decided to take the G11 (point-and-shoot) to Disneyland with us for the following reasons:

1. It’s lightweight.

2. We’ll be outside in the California sun for the better part, so the fact that the G11 is not so great for low light conditions will not be detrimental.

I mentally had to prepare myself for the lower quality pictures, and knowing there are certain shots I won’t be able to do with the G11.  While we were on our trip, there were definitely moments I wish I had the 7D with me.  I had to tell myself I was there to have a good time with my family, not to be a photographer.  However, I must say, for the most part, I was so glad it was the G11 I took.  We did about 8 hours per day in Disneyland, and I was carrying Savanna in a baby carrier and a diaper bag the entire time.  That’s about 15 lbs of baby and gear for 8 hours a day.  If I had to also carry the 7D, I probably would have hung myself by the camera strap.

I’m not all that excited about our trip pictures in the photographic sense.  But I am glad I got to enjoy the experience of seeing my son’s eyes light up at the sight of Lightning McQueen and Mater in Cars Land.

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