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Published in Photography Journey ・ Oct 17

3. Long distance relationships period (2)

May 28, 2017 @ Muir Woods National Monument

I purchased my second camera: Canon 5D Mark IV. It was one of the flagship cameras from Canon at the time that many professionals use! I don't remember the exact reason behind this purchase, but I probably had enough money saved up and the desire to take my photography to the next level. 5D Mark IV is indeed better than 6D, and the upgrade was noticeable in many aspects.
We found this cutest baby fox along the trail!
The shape of these flowers looks interesting to me

June 3, 2017

My girlfriend visited me again, and we went to Lake Tahoe. Besides photography, I was also considering cycling as a hobby. Back in college, when I had no car or motorcycle, I used to cycle to the nearby mountains and joined my University's cycling club. But somehow, riding a bike doesn't feel as enjoyable anymore, so this hobby didn't take off.
I tried to shoot Milky Way, but I have no idea which direction to point my camera. Also, the moonlight was so intense that I couldn't even see the stars
We are trying to mimic how the conductor enjoying the music (nature)

June 17, 2017

We went to San Diego for my friend's graduation ceremony. I almost went here for my graduate degree, so I was curious to see what I've missed!
Some interesting architechture
Taking group pics for my friends
And of course, taking some candid pictures as well

June 28, 2017

I bought my first wide-angle lens! It was the classic Cannon 16-35mm F4 L, and I immediately used it to try capturing a timelapse from my apartment.

July 23-24, 2017

So far, most of my trips have been either with my girlfriend or my friends, and I seldom went alone just for photography. But I started to want a better success rate during the outing, so I decided to go alone this weekend to try the Milky way shot.
The sunset at Shark Fin Cove was quite beautiful, and I was excited for the stars to shows up
Unfortunetly, it fogged out. And I also realized there's a lot of light pollution going on
I went back after this failure and did some research on the Internet for where to best take pictures of the milky way around Silicon Valley. I quickly decided to go to Henry W. Coe State Park the next day.
Shot some random stuff while waiting for the night
And here goes my first successful Milky Way shot!!!
With the images, I created a timelapse from them. There's a lot of airplanes flying over that it felt like a meteor shower 🤣
I also create star trails from the sequences of shots

Augest 27, 2017

We went to Mt Rainier again for another hike around Sunrise Visitor Center. This time it was a clear day, and we were able to see the magnificent mountain herself. But I was disappointed when I saw the pictures from my computer later. I felt like I didn't do the scene justice and wasted my time with many bad shots. I even tried using Apple Photos to post-process the image a bit, but no luck.
Trying to use a small aperture (f/22) to create Sunstar effect
We didn't realize it during the hike, but it's pretty hazy that day

Sep 23, 2017

My girlfriend came to California, and together with our friends, we went to Point Reyes National Seashore for the coastline and the Elk.
Using a small person in big landscape composition again. I like their pose seems to be enjoying the scene together.
Also tried with bigger person and bokeh
Getting creative
And some mean wildlife shot

Oct 7-8, 2017

It was my turn again to visit Seattle. This time we went to Olympic Nation Park with friends.
The lushed green rainforest looks super moody and beautiful
Successfully using slower shutter speed to capture a silky waterfall!
Another portrait of my friends at Hurrican Ridge

Oct 20-22, 2017

Suddenly it's fall again! I saw an article from https://www.guruin.com/articles/1321 about the beautiful fall color around Mammoth Lake and High Sierra. I was super impressed by the article and shared it with my friends to see who was interested. It turns out people all wanted to go, and we ended up having a big group of 10+ people on this trip!
I was looking forward to getting some good pictures, so much so that I woke up early for sunrise.
But I didn't know how to pick a good sunrise spot, so the images were still only looking ok. I'm happier with the photos I took for my friends, though. Everyone seemed to have a good time with the trip. As an organizer, that's a big relief.
I was also really into shooting directly into the sun to show how sunny the day was. It looks super cool on the back of the camera but not that impressive on the computer. There's also tons of glare that makes the image looks dirty.

Oct 28, 2017 @ Sunol Regional Wilderness

I started to get very hungry at getting good pictures. It doesn't matter if it's wildlife, friends, or whatever, as long as it looks beautiful or meaningful to me. I'd gone out almost every weekend to shoot something, with or without friends.
I also started doing basic post-processing on my pictures to make them look a bit better. Since I always import my photos to Apple Photos, I use its built-in editor to make basic adjustments like brightness and colors.

Nov 5, 2017 @ Point Reyes

I like the leading line to the lighthose, and the sunstar

Nov 11, 2017 @ Point Reyes

Waterfall directly into the sea
I like the chaos of those breaking waves

Dec 10, 2017 @ Pinnacles National Park

I didn't know how to predict colorful sunset yet, so I left the park early. But I'm happy that I captured this pinky sky during my way home.
So this and the previous post pretty much wrap up the long-distance relationships period of my life. Because one this one day, my manager told us that our team would be dismissed by the end of 2017 😅
I had already started to feel a bit bored with what our team was doing back then and started thinking about switching teams. But I had no idea the company would dismiss the team without much hesitation. I'm pretty happy personally because now there's no reason for me not to relocate to Seattle to be with my girlfriend anymore.
But before I moved in Feb 2018, we went on another epic road trip during Christmas and New Year holidays. Stay tuned for the next post!