Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Travel: California To Utah - Part 5: Las Vegas to Home + A Big Announcement

Hotel Window View - Las Vegas, Nevada
FED 5c Rangefinder, Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8 lens, Kodak Plus-X 125.
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We stayed the night--the final night of the trip--in Las Vegas. The kids enjoyed watching the day fade into night from our hotel window. Las Vegas is an exciting city for them because of all the bright and colorful lights. We didn't do anything exciting or touristy--just rested for the last leg home.

In the morning we hit the road--back on the Interstate 15 freeway--towards home. Our journey was nearly complete. The kids were all feeling better. The rainy skies were clearing.

We made a stop for lunch in Barstow at Barstow Station, which is a unique place that has several restaurants inside, including a McDonalds, Subway and Panda Express. It looks like a train station on the outside, and the dining seats are inside old passenger train cars. The kids loved it!
White Tree Flower - Las Vegas, Nevada
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 200mm.
After lunch we traversed California Highway 58 to Tehachapi, which is where we live. Once home we were able to relax and recover from a whirlwind adventure. We had a productive and fun journey despite some setbacks. We found Salt Lake City to be a beautiful place. We'll certainly remember this trip for many years to come!

These photographs were captured using a Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens attached to it, except for two images that were captured using an old FED 5c rangefinder with Plus-X 125 film. Because I used the telephoto lens on the Nikon, I used the camera in shutter priority mode instead of the (typical) aperture priority mode. A good rule of thumb is that the shutter speed should be double the focal length (unless you have some sort of image stabilization).

I post-processed the Nikon images using Alien Skin Exposure 7 software. The film was developed and scanned at a photo lab.
How Come? - Las Vegas, Nevada
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 55mm.
Observing The Evening City - Las Vegas, Nevada
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 66mm.
Window Shadows - Las Vegas, Nevada
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 66mm.
Hurry Along - Las Vegas, Nevada
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 55mm.
Whiskey Pete's - Primm, Nevada
FED 5c Rangefinder, Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8 lens, Kodak Plus-X 125 and red filter.
Train Car Window Abstract - Barstow, California
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 135mm.
Caboose Brake Wheel - Barstow, California
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 62mm.
Alright, now to the big announcement! Some of you may already know this, but many of you do not. We are moving next year to Salt Lake City, Utah! The reason that we made this trip was to check out the area in preparations for our upcoming relocation.

Salt Lake City seems like a photographer's dream. Heck, all of Utah seems that way! It also seems like a great place to raise a young family. We are really looking forward to this change.

The flip side is that we will be leaving California. We love where we live. Tehachapi is one of California's best-kept secrets. We will miss weekend trips to the coast. We will miss Yosemite National Park. And, quite obviously, we will miss our friends and family that live here. But we won't miss the high cost of living, steep taxes and the highly intrusive state government.

Followers of this blog will be, in away, joining us in this adventure. So be sure to check back frequently to see all of the wonderful photographs that I'll share from California and from Utah!

3 comments:

  1. As much as I love to visit California, I could not imagine living there again. You are so right on all of your points! I am glad to see you all home safe and I hope that your new adventure brings you happiness!

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    1. Thanks, Julie, for your comments! It's been great living here, but we're looking forward to exploring Utah and calling it home.

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