Minnehaha Falls

Shooting with the SEL24F14GM at a frozen waterfall

Last weekend, Cris and I went to Minnehaha Falls where I had the opportunity to spend some more time with my new lens. I’ve also just started shooting in RAW format and processing in Adobe Lightroom. It has made a huge difference (I think) in the quality of my photos.

When I was shopping around for a lens last month, I had a tough time deciding between the 24 mm prime versus the FE 16-35 F 2.8 wide angle lens. Ultimately, I think going with the former was the right choice… but tough to say for sure since I’ve never tried the other lens.

What I like about shooting with this lens is that it’s very fast with its large aperture, it has great sharpness even at the corners, and it is lightweight.

Shooting with Sony ICLE 6000, Lens Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM Full Frame Wide-angle Prime Lens.

Strawberry Point

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Radika and I went to Strawberry Point in February 2015 just after I finished a big medical school exam. We were very fortunate not to get rained on, and in fact we had excellent weather – clear skies, no wind, and starry nights.

We started from Third Beach Trailhead off of La Push Road and hiked for 4.8 miles (map). There were a few moderately difficult sections where we had to scramble up steep slopes, but there are ropes. My advice would be to bring a set of gloves for these roped sections.

Death Valley

4 days in the desert

Over spring break, my wife and I made the drive down to Death Valley. This is one of my parents’ favorite places to visit and I’ve repeatedly heard that we must check it out. Glad we did! We stayed four days and some of the highlights are posted below.

Golden Canyon Trail

This trail is a quick drive south of Furnace Creek and an excellent place to watch the sunset. We had the ridge completely to ourselves.

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20 Mule Team Canyon

Just on the other side of the Amargosa Range from the Golden Canyon Trail. It’s a short one-way drive and there are trails that go up the ridges.

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Dante’s View

We were en route to Greenwater Valley and stopped off here for the great view of the basin.

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Greenwater Valley

The road into Greenwater Valley isn’t too shabby and was an easy drive in the Subaru Forrester. We went back into Gold Valley and hiked through the Willow Springs gorge.

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Greenwater

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View from Greenwater

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On road to Gold Valley

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View into Gold Valley

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Hiking into Willow Springs

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Making a detour on Willow Springs hike

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Willow Springs

Devil’s Golf Course

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Natural Bridge Trail

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Lizard on Natural Bridge Trail

Queen of Sheba Lead Mine

The road up to this mine is pretty slow, but a nice view in the end.

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Flowering beavertail cactus

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Flowering beavertail cactus

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Queen of Sheba lead mine

Badwater Basin

Instead of hiking in from Badwater road, we took the West Side road and hiked into the basin from Tule Spring. There wasn’t a single person in sight.

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Artist’s Drive

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From the entrance of Artist’s Drive. Another great place to watch the sunset

North Side of Death Valley

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View north of Little Hebe Crater

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65 – 70 mile per hour winds

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The beginning of an epic sand storm