My hubby and I just got back from a week in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, where we celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary.
I had a devil of a time trying to make up my mind which camera to take with me on this trip. I was *this* close to taking the Nikon D5000 because of its smaller size and lighter weight. But everyone I asked advised me to take the D700–full frame, big glass, and built like a tank.
So in the end I gave in and took the Big Guy, the D700, along with my best glass and my tripod. But to be on the safe side, I also took our little Coolpix point-and-shoot for those times when it was just not possible to get the shot with the Big Guy.
We didn’t rent a car while we were there, so we spent a lot of time walking, riding bikes, or riding the bus. I managed to take the Big Guy along with me for several of our excursions, but there were some days when I just couldn’t bring myself to carry all that weight around with me. I didn’t want this trip to be all about trying to get the perfect photograph. I wanted to enjoy myself, relax, see the sights in a place I had never been, instead of constantly worrying about exposures, shutter speed, or someone ripping off my equipment.
So I did get some interesting shots with the Big Guy, but I also took quite a few with the Coolpix, and those are just as precious to me as the full-frame beauties from the D700. Because in the end, these shots are all about preserving the memories of a fabulous week in a beautiful city, with someone that I love dearly.
I posted a lot of the Coolpix shots straight to Facebook each evening when we got back to the hotel. But I’m just now starting to process the ones from the D700.
This first one is an HDR (yes, I even used the tripod one evening) from five exposures taken at sunset in Stanley Park. This is English Bay, and the sun was setting about 9:35 PM. It was kind of weird getting used to the days being so long up there, but it gave us plenty of time to enjoy the sights before it got dark.
Nikon D700, 14-24mm 2.8, 5 exposures processed in Photomatix, Paintshop Photo Pro, Topaz Adjust/DeNoise
I’m going to take my time about processing the rest of the shots. I’ve got some street shots that are really cool, as well as some shots from the Granville Island public market that I really like. Since it will probably be a long time, if ever, before I get to visit Vancouver again, I might as well make the memories last as long as possible!
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