Back from Utah

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.

Looking down

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.

On the cliff


  1. 1) Tom
    March 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Nice shots of incredible views. Sorry about the weather but I still look forward to seeing the pics.

    • March 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm

      Tom, thank you! I did capture some great views, hopefully they look good (haven’t had a chance to review them yet) :)

  2. 2) peter
    March 17, 2010 at 4:36 am

    16-35mm is a good lens. Currently I’m using 12-24mm f4G. Hopefully can get one 16-35mm when upgrade to FX camera. Thanks for sharing.

    • March 17, 2010 at 9:52 am

      Peter, you are most welcome! I used to have the 12-24mm f/4G and I loved it (unfortunately, it was stolen). But it is DX and I shoot FX…

  3. 3) Abdu
    March 24, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Nasim-aka, thanks for sharing these wonderful shots. Waiting for more.

    • March 24, 2010 at 2:33 am

      Abdu, you’re most welcome! I will work on the images tomorrow and will post many more with some cool stories, so stay tuned :)

  4. 4) Eric
    April 5, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Amazing photo of you by the cliff at the top of this page. Breathtaking view! Thanks again for providing us budding photographers with endless inspiration. =)

    • June 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm

      Eric, I have just noticed that I never responded to your comment, sorry about that, not sure how I missed it!

      Thank you for your feedback, I really appreciate it!

  5. 5) Ole
    June 3, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Great blog you have! Could you please share, which lens you used for capturing the photo of the clouds?

    Thanks in advance.

    • June 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm

      Ole, thank you! If you mean the second photograph, it was actually captured by my friend and he was shooting with the Canon 50D + 17-40mm f/4 lens.

      Please let me know if you have any questions!

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