I’m finally back from Utah after a 7 hour drive from Moab. To get home before midnight, Sergey and I left a little early and missed the last sunset. The weather sucked during the last two days (we had 3.5 days total), so we only had a day and a half of good shooting. Nevertheless, I managed to snap 25 gigs of images, but I already know that most photos are going to be deleted. This was the first time when I tried shooting HDR panoramas in three rows and processing those images is going to be a very long and painful process. We only had time to check out some good spots at Arches and Canyonlands, although we did visit a couple of good spots for photography in the area.
I shot with the new Nikon 16-35mm VR lens almost exclusively both on FX and DX, so I will be posting some sample images later today. The lens got abused quite a bit with over 2,500 shots, tough weather conditions (lots of dust, sand, moisture and temperatures below 15 degrees F) and I have done everything from shooting ultra wide-angle @ 16mm to 35mm @ f/22. I absolutely loved shooting with this lens and one thing for sure – the 17-35mm and the 14-24mm are no longer the best landscape lenses anymore, at least for me. Although I carried my tripod most of the time, I did not even get to use it, because the VR on the Nikon 16-35mm really worked! Being able to shoot 1/2 of a second on an ultra wide-angle lens was an awesome experience.