Pinnacles National Park Trip
February 27 to March 1, 2013
Another weekend trip, this time to Pinnacles National Park, recently promoted from National Monument.
On this trip I started using my new panography rig - an Olympus OM-D EM-5 with 7.5mm Rokinon fisheye lens. I had been using a Canon 5D II with a Canon 15mm lens, and a big Gitzo tripod, a relatively heavy rig. I concluded that it was probably responsible for the chronic pain in my elbows and shoulders, always worse after a day of photography. The new Olympus rig weighs half as much, and so does the Really Right Stuff tripod. The relief was immediate.
I took 21 panoramas in two days.
(Click any picture to open a larger version.)
The trip began with an afternoon drive from the Bay Area. The air was mild and the hills were beautifully green with a few wildflowers. We claimed a nice campsite and just took it easy for the rest of the day.
The second day we took a hike, directly from the campground, up the Bear Gulch Trail to the Talus Caves.
It was another beautiful day. Instead of driving directly home, we headed across to the coast at Aptos on Monterey Bay, then north on Highway 1 through Santa Cruz to Wilder Ranch State Park and Pigeon Point Lighthouse.