Expedition #1 : Southwest

Joshua Tree National Park

The above slide show gives you multiple perspectives on skull rock. The first photograph is taken up close on medium format Rollei RPX 25, the second is from much further away on 35mm Kodak ColorPlus, and the final photo was taken with my cell phone through the viewing binoculars off the side of a trail.

Drag the slider below to compare the film image with the digital one! The characteristics of a lens flare are determined by the lens elements, aperture, and the angle at which light is entering the lens. The top image is the 35mm ColorPlus film and a Kalimar 28-70 lens producing one of my favorite flares. The digital image on bottom was taken with a Sony 16mm pancake lens on an APS-C size sensor.

The following are digital photos. Starting things off is a shot of the Sultan Sea from about 50ish miles away.

Lots of old mine shafts!

Wind and water has shaped rocks for strange and interesting hikes.

Sometimes you have to pull of the trail and enjoy some strawberries while the dumb-dumbs pass.

While in Joshua Tree I hiked to “Eagle Cliff Boulder House”. Here’s a look into the old mining shack built into the side of a few big rocks.

The photo above is of the window in Boulder House. Below are clips of hail from Joshua Tree’s south side and some windy sand storms on the north side. The elevation in the park varies greatly so weather, plants, animals, etc. change depending on which part of the park you’re in.

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