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Top Five Backpacking & Camping Photos

Welcome to list of top five Camping & Backpacking photos. Note that the photos are in no particular order.

Hello window!

Lumix G9 & Olympus 9-18 mm f/4.0-5.6 | Taken on October 27, 2018 in Arches National Park, Utah

Hello Window! will always have a special place in my heart. This was the first time I took my Panasonic Lumix G9 to a trip for serious travel photography. Prior, most of my travel photography was tourist-y. When I finally had the Lumix G9, I found myself more interested in pushing the technical limits of my camera and new post-processing techniques. Combined with the ease of use of uploading via Wifi to post on Instagram, it made story telling and sharing really fun.

Hello Window! is a bracketed shot. I took 5 photos with 0.3 stops of changes and merged it using Photoshop Classic. These three things, the first photo-minded trip, the first shoot with my G9, and the first time actively uploading photos to my phone, it has a lot of memories tied to it.

View Hello Window! on Flickr.

Pear Lake in Sequoia National Park

Pear Lake in Sequoia National Park
Lumix G9 & Panasonic Leica 8-18 mm f/2.8-4.0 | Taken on October 5, 2019

As of October 2019, this is easily one of my favorite photos I have ever shot. It’s a culmination of two of my hobbies colliding – photography and backpacking. It shows all of the lessons from an earlier article, combined into one of the best photos possible. One of the most astounding parts of the photo is the rock. What looks like snow – it’s all very white rock. It’ gave this beautiful light throughout the entire lake and scene.

This photo was shot using 7 photos with +/- 1 exposure bracketing. I love how my two friends fishing towards the off-right center help put perspective on size and scale on the image.

You can also view this photo on Flickr and the rest of the Pear Lake album on Flickr.

Stunning view, hiking through Lower Calf Creek to the Lower Falls

Shot with Olympus 12 – 40 mm Pro on a Lumix G9.

This was photographed on the Lower Calf Creek Falls trail, in Utah.

I took five +/- 1 exposure bracketed shots and merged them together in Lightroom Classic. This was the first photo where I completely wrapped my head around the power and utility of the Panasonic Lumix G9’s in-body stabilization (IBIS).

You can view this photo on Flickr here.

Magical Woods

Lumix G9 & Panasonic Leica 8-18 mm f/2.8-4.0 | Taken on October 5, 2019

There were prescribed fires during our backpacking trip in Sequoia National Park. While this made the air quality awful while hiking to our campgrounds, it made for some beautiful photos.

This was shot at f/4.0 at 1/640, ISO 200. I did a little bit of retouching and shot a little too far too the left, but was able to lift shadows and adjust the photo’s exposure in post. Despite that, it looks like the haziness of the smoke really covers the sky’s bluer color.

You can view this photo on Flickr here. You can also view the rest of the Pear Lake album on Flickr.