Hanging Out in Arizona

Fuji Finepix X100

Sedona, AZ. My goodness what a beautiful town. I really wish had time to properly photograph the area, but we were in a hurry to get to our next stop. Sedona is very….red. The buildings are red, the rocky landscapes are red…even the light poles are red!

The landscapes are simply incredible, but I could only grab shots from the passenger seat of the car as we trucked through the town. Next time, Sedona!

Fuji X100 | Top Image: 1/60 sec, f/2, ISO 1600

Loving Bridget’s “hurry up and take the photo already so I can figure out what I want to eat!” look. It appears that Fuji is known for really good skin tone reproduction. I think I can see why. Even under really crummy-colored light, skin tones out of camera look very natural.

Fuji X100 | 1/180 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200

Arizona is HOT right now. I think it’s about 108F outside as I type this. The hottest part of the day is around 5pm, which is so different from how things are in San Francisco, where even if it does reach 105F in the day time, it’s going to be in the 60s by 5pm =)

Fuji X100 | 1/480 sec, f/8, ISO 400

We started hiking through one of the local parks, but quickly started overheating (we’re weak San Franciscans!). So we headed to a much better spot for hanging out:

Fuji X100 | Motion Panorama, 120 degrees

This is Slide Rock Park in Arizona. When my friends and I were kids, we went camping every summer together. Our childhood campground was right next to a beautiful river, where we used to spend all day swimming. Slide rock brought all those memories back as we hung out in the swimming area:

Fuji X100 | 1/340 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800

Lighting was horrendously contrasty, with the searing mid-day sun casting hard shadows everywhere. Still amazed at how the Fuji X100 handles dynamic range in situations like this.

Sitting on rocks in the middle of the river, I really wanted to capture as much of the scene as possible, so I went into the X100’s motion panorama drive mode, which also works vertically:

Fuji X100 | Motion Pano, 120 degrees

You can see a little bit of a misalignment in the bridge detail at the top of the image. Towards the end of the pan, I think I moved a little too far outside the guideline.

If you’re careful, motion panorama also works with people!

Fuji X100 | Motion Pano, 180 degrees (cropped)

Fuji X100 | Motion Pano, 180 degrees

Fuji X100 | Motion Pano, 180 degrees (cropped)

I was driving my friends crazy here. “Don’t move guys! Doing a pano!”

Fuji X100 | 1/340 sec, f/6.4, ISO 800

Beating the heat with a swim followed by some DQ. Oh yes…

Fuji X100 | 1/220 sec, f/4, ISO 400

As the sun began to set and temperatures continued to RISE (so weird!), we left Slide Rock and kept driving. Stopped briefly to check out the Montezuma Castle National Monument.

By this time the sun was BURNING hot. Special reflective umbrellas helped some of us unaccustomed folk brave the heat. That, and eating raspados in the evening. Raspados are these interesting, milk-shake/show cone hybrids, with fruit! Yummm:

Finally we arrived at our last destination for our trip, and have spent the last to days doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. And you know what? I love it. I love doing nothing. I work hard everyday and am always doing SOMETHING. Doing nothing feels incredible. Our host happens to be a hair stylist, so the girls got their hair done:

Fuji X100 |  1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1250

Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/2, ISO 400

The wifey is looking cute!

Fuji X100 | 1/105 sec, f/2.2, ISO 400

Fuji X100 | 1/500 sec, f/2, ISO 800

Me? I spent my time under the A/C vent in the living room. Cold tile at my feet, Lightroom/Photoshop/Wordpress up on my laptop. Snacking, brewing cups of coffee at will, defiantly refusing to think about anything that HAS to be done. My friends chat it up, watch TV, take naps, play cards, just chill. This is an awesome vacation =)

10 thoughts on “Hanging Out in Arizona

  1. 110? Ack! Aside from the heat, looks like some great times with great sights and chill people. The cliff diving looks like so much fun. You really put the x100 through its paces; the performance seems great.

  2. Oh man… 110?! You must have been cooking! I would barely survive that lol. Looks like you guys had fun though. And such a photographer you are… as soon as there is any downtime, out comes the laptop and photoshop lol.

  3. Really enjoyed reading thru this post. That sounds like such a fun trip!!! gosh – 108F!!! I love warm weather, but even that’s TOO hot. At least it wasn’t humid right? Cuz I can’t stand humidity 🙂 That panoramic feature of fuji x100 is really cool!

    And Bridget – LOVE your haircut!!!

  4. sounds like such a fun time! waaay too hot, but you guys seemed to handle it well. plus, reflective umbrellas is so smart. i need one of those…

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