My Travel Camera

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Hey everyone!  It’s good to be back home and working from my desktop again, but with so much to do to get caught up today. Thanks for your patience with me while I vacationed last week and for the sweet comments on yesterday’s post – yes you all absolutely must travel to Hawaii at least once in your lifetime! 

Many of you enjoyed the photographs, but would it surprise you to know the images do not come from my “work camera” which is my big heavy Nikon D90 and all its lenses? Nope I don’t travel with my fancy camera anymore, I haven’t for a year.

I decided last year that I absolutely did not want to travel with my Nikon D90 DSLR or risk having it broken or lost. Instead I invested in a “travel camera” which is light and portable, it offers the convenience of a small point-and-shoot and the functionality of a DSLR, with the ability to change the aperture and shutter speed and ISO and lenses too – this is my travel camera, the Nikon J1

nikon j1 camera and lenses


This is not a sponsored post – but I thought this the perfect time to share what I use to capture images when I travel. I bought this camera last spring after I spied it in a camera shop and did some research online. I bought it mostly because I wanted something high quality that would take great pictures, but be more compact and easy to travel with.

nikon j1 camera


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Yosemite in Winter

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Matt bought me a 35mm f/2 Nikkor lens for Christmas – I’ve wanted this lens for a long time so he was kind enough to get it for me.   We spent a few days in the Yosemite National Park area over the Christmas break, so I couldn’t wait to try it out. 

We stayed at the Tenaya Lodge at the southern entrance which was all decked out for the holidays, and one day that was filled with blue skies we drove into the National Park where we walked all around in our snow boots through the woods. 

winter branches in yosemite park


The 35mm Nikkor f/2 lens is another fixed focal length lens like the 50mm I’ve mentioned and it has a low aperture setting for shallow depth of field for getting that cool “bokeh” or blurry effect in the background or foreground.  The aperture on this lens dials all the way up to f/22 for getting some really deep focus too! 

I took this lens with me for the day to see what it could do – here are a few images that I shot on that beautiful winter day.  Anyone who’s ever visited Yosemite Valley knows of the famous Ahwahnee Hotel at the base of a granite cliff – visually stunning anytime of year, but breathtaking in winter.  I love this image, I feel like I could crawl right into it just like you can in their giant walk-in fireplace inside the hotel.   

ahwahnee hotel yosemite winter


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