I am truly loving these hikes I’ve been taking this week! I think the reason is because at the end of a hike there’s a reward – like discovering 900 year old ancient ruins, or a breathtaking view of Sedona. I know the top of Camelback Mountain offers an amazing view of Phoenix but does that hike have to be THAT HARD? I’ve hiked it a total of three times to the top out of anger – typically due to breakups, let’s be honest.
This week my Monday kicked off with my girlfriend Ricki who was my yoga/meditation model and we headed up to Cave Creek to check out the Sears Kay Indian Ruins. I’m really excited to share these images with you after the April issue of PHOENIX magazine comes out.
I wanted a boulder shot so bad and this one was off the edge of the top of the mountain and I begged Ricki to get on. Then I begged her not to fall off.
Those are just iPhone photos but my favorite shot looks like it should be an outdoor allergy pill advertisement.
The 16-35mm/F2.8 L did a great job, the rental covered 2 of my 5 shoots and the only ones I really needed to capture the great outdoors anyway. I still can’t tell you if I want to buy it, but I do think renting it just seems to make more sense. I am just not loving capturing subjects with it because you pretty much have to place your subject (a person) right in the middle to avoid warping, even with lens corrections in post it doesn’t seem to fix it well so I have to edit a bit more. If anyone has experience shooting with a crazy wide angle like that with any advice please let me know. I’m considering the 24mm/F1.4 L now, oh decisions. Ah!
Things I learned this week:
- My cracked LCD screen on my Canon 5D Mark III was in fact a protective cover I forgot I put on. Thank God, so worth the $10!
- 5 editorial shoots in 8 days is a lot, but I’m so beyond happy to be doing what I love for a publication I respect and am proud to be a regular contributor. If I could do a shoot every day, I’d love it!
- Wearing heels that are too big are terrible/embarrassing to be seen attempting to walk in, and darn near impossible.
- Just received boxes from Build.com, Mr. Wonderful’s bathroom is getting a little makeover, can’t wait to show you!
And because everyone loves a bunny picture!
I hope you all have a happy Valentine’s Day! You are loved, by me. xx