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06/17/2009 09:42:30 PM · #1
Just got home a couple of hours ago, what a great GTG! Of course it is always great to see Becky and it was a joy to finally meet Steve in person. Thanks again for a great time.

Only had time to process a few but here is one of my favorites so far.

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More to follow in the next few days.

one more
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Message edited by author 2009-06-17 22:19:12.
06/16/2009 10:41:40 PM · #2
Friday, June 12th was a full day.

We got up for the early light and headed to the Hoodoos across from the Paria Ranger Station where we saw some great formations and a coyote.

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It was time to head over to the Page, Arizona area and visit the Horseshoe Bend.

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Antelope Canyon was the next step. We joined the photo tour. Unfortunately, it was very busy at the best time of day.

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The light was gorgeous even though it was a bit overcast. We even stopped at Rattlesnake Canyon on the way back.

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That evening, we grabbed my daughter and her friend, and hiked up Squaw Trail above Kanab. It was a fantastic view of the city.

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A great day!
06/16/2009 10:39:56 PM · #3
A big hearty "Thanks!" to Becky and John and all you folks who wimped out on this photo safari for giving me the opportunity to photograph "The Wave" and other geologic wonders in the Coyote Buttes permit area of northern Arizona.

We had a special day filled with ATV fun and memorable photography.

It was a great kickoff to my Grand Staircase photography study even though "The Wave" is not part of my project. :)
06/16/2009 07:31:22 PM · #4
That's right, Greg. John was down on his knees in hopes of getting a permit, but I doubt he was praying. ;-)

We've made it home, and I can finally look at my images on a "big" computer screen. Steve will be staying on for a while.
06/15/2009 12:18:51 AM · #5
We actually got 6 permits total, I was in the drawing for 3 and so was Becky. This was day 3 that we submitted so we both had 3 numbers each, for the 10 permits available we got 6, lucky. Becky's husband Greg doesn’t know this yet, but I was down on my knees in my room last night praying for this fine result.

Message edited by author 2009-06-15 00:19:23.
06/14/2009 11:59:37 PM · #6
Originally posted by Artifacts:

Goin' to "THE WAVE"!!!

Thank you Becky... Thank you John!

Being the good people that they are, they secured enough permits to both North and South Coyote this morning through the lottery system at the Paria Ranger Station that they included me in both permit areas. And they did it all while I was across "the street" merrily capturing desert flora and geology imagery and totally oblivious to that unlikely possibility.

So tomorrow we are taking ATVs into South Coyote for photography there and then hiking into The Wave for photography there. Both John and Becky were big winners in the lottery scoring 6 total permits each for both areas. I doubt that happens very often.

Eat your hearts out, DPCers!


Six permits each! And to think I canceled out this year. You will have a blast I'm so envious.
06/14/2009 11:51:00 PM · #7
Goin' to "THE WAVE"!!!

Thank you Becky... Thank you John!

Being the good people that they are, they secured enough permits to both North and South Coyote this morning through the lottery system at the Paria Ranger Station that they included me in both permit areas. And they did it all while I was across "the street" merrily capturing desert flora and geology imagery and totally oblivious to that unlikely possibility.

So tomorrow we are taking ATVs into South Coyote for photography there and then hiking into The Wave for photography there. Both John and Becky were big winners in the lottery scoring 6 total permits each for both areas. I doubt that happens very often.

Eat your hearts out, DPCers!
06/11/2009 10:27:35 PM · #8
Looking forward to your arrival Steve, safe travels

Something from today
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06/11/2009 09:35:57 PM · #9
Hi... I will not be getting to Kanab until late on the 12th... probably will not see anyone until the 13th unless I manage to get there early... we shall see.

I am very much looking forward to meeting all of you.

I will be at Aiken's Lodge from the 12th to the 14th... after that, who knows. LOL!!!

I'll expect you all will have war stories to tell by the time I get there. :)

Please keep me advised of your activities... I can be reached by cell at this number:
503.302.0233
06/11/2009 07:33:30 PM · #10
John,

You beat us to check-in, but we're here now. Just look for the white Taurus X

I'm thinking we're going to be having great photo weather.
B
06/11/2009 10:02:51 AM · #11
Originally posted by rjkstesch:

Well, tomorrow's the day. I'll be there in the afternoon. Becky
i'm driving down now
06/10/2009 09:54:30 PM · #12
Well, tomorrow's the day. I'll be there in the afternoon.

Becky
06/08/2009 04:47:37 AM · #13
Gonna be on my way down to the Cedar Mesa this evening until the 12th. taking my 7 yr old son down there and hike some ruins, camp out and visit my Dad's "burial" place at Muley Point. Wish I could come farther west and join up. Have a great time and can't wait to see some pics!
06/04/2009 03:47:25 PM · #14
Sorry, but I won't be going this time since I can't justify the expense right now.
I would surely love it, but it will have to be another time.
06/03/2009 04:44:36 PM · #15
Originally posted by rjkstesch:

I just scared myself. I went to see what was sent and read a 24-70mm 2.8 on the box label. Nooooooo! I have that lens, love it, but I rented the 14-24! Then I looked inside. It is the 14-24 - It was a bad label on the box.


I have the Canon 16-35 f/2.8L lens. Should make for a good comparison.
06/02/2009 01:33:46 PM · #16
I just scared myself. I went to see what was sent and read a 24-70mm 2.8 on the box label. Nooooooo! I have that lens, love it, but I rented the 14-24! Then I looked inside. It is the 14-24 - It was a bad label on the box.

All is right with the world.

B

Yes, John. We will have a riot!
06/02/2009 01:30:58 PM · #17
Originally posted by jrtodd:

Originally posted by rjkstesch:

I've rented a Nikon 12-14 f2.8 wide angle


Nikon has a new lens? :-O


Yikes! My fingers won't type right. It's the Nikor 14-24mm 2.8 ultra wide. It is fairly new. But not a 12-14.
06/02/2009 12:44:42 PM · #18
Originally posted by rjkstesch:

I've rented a Nikon 12-14 f2.8 wide angle


Nikon has a new lens? :-O
06/02/2009 11:32:10 AM · #19
Just me, Ryan isn't going either. I rented a car for the trip, not an expense I was looking forward to but, oh well.

Looks like we'll get to spend some real quality time together Becky! It's going to be a fun trip I'm sure.
06/02/2009 11:10:18 AM · #20
Well, it looks like it is just John, John's friend, Steve and my family. I haven't heard from anyone else, even with PMs. That means we'll hike and move alot. I know you guys.

I've rented a Nikon 14-24 f2.8 wide angle and a 16mm fisheye to add to my gear and work with my D700. I love ultra wides with landscape. They just arrived today, so I get to try them out before the trip.

Life is sooooo hectic that I am looking forward to nothing but early morning, mid-day, and late night shoots. It will be restful compared to the life I'm trying to live right now.

Looking forward to seeing you.
Becky

Message edited by author 2009-06-02 13:31:27.
05/29/2009 12:12:32 AM · #21
Don I'm so sorry to hear about your father, my best to you and your family in this difficult time.

I to will not be able to make this trip, I've had just about every vehicle I own have a minor to major repair come up in the last two months. Completely dissolving the money I had put away for this trip and then some. :(

Sorry guys, I'm super bummed about not making this one, perhaps next time.

Steve

05/26/2009 02:46:13 PM · #22
Originally posted by PhantomEWO:

Just a quick note. I was planning on making it but my Dad just past away yesterday from heart failure. I will need to spend time with my Mom. Enjoy and I'll try to make the next one.

Don


You'll be missed.

I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I sure he will be missed.
Becky
05/24/2009 12:04:42 PM · #23
Just a quick note. I was planning on making it but my Dad just past away yesterday from heart failure. I will need to spend time with my Mom. Enjoy and I'll try to make the next one.

Don
05/17/2009 12:14:57 AM · #24
Originally posted by Artifacts:

An update:

I'll be in Kanab sometime on the 12th. I'm still hoping to do the Yellow Rock hike with jrtodd and act as a guide for a hoodoo swing in the southern section of the Grand Staircase National Monument(GSNM) with anyone interested.

My Agenda:
I will be in Las Vegas for two nights, the 10th and the 11th, for some nightlight photography before driving up to Kanab early on the 12th. In the morning while on the way to Kanab I tentatively plan a swing through Red Rock State Park just north of LV. I have two nights accommodations booked in Kanab for the 12th and 13th then don't know where I'm sleeping after that. LOL!!! I'll likely be going into the interior of the GSNM after the 12th to be gobbled up forever into the vast unknown. :)


NOT funny Steve ;)
05/16/2009 11:52:04 PM · #25
Alas, I'm going to have to bow out. Hope you all have a great time.
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