Fall 2019 trip to the National Parks with My Olympus Micro 4/3
by Christian Delbert
After having looked at your new review of the Olympus EM5 MKIII, I figured some of your readers might be interested in seeing some B & W images that I took in early Oct. Same company, different models. Actually, I think the new Olympus would be an even better travel camera. Same features but smaller and lighter.
My travel kit was the tried and true EM1 andÂ EM1 MK II. Plus the beautiful triumvirate of lenses, the 7-14mm, 12-40mm and 40-150mm, all f/2.8. A bit heavy but light compared to my old ( but still good! ) Kodak DCS 760. If I really think about it, I could have taken the same photos with my lighter and slower Olympus lenses. But, I carried around the beautiful trio for that just in case moment.
Fall is a good time for the national parks that I went to. Zion, Brice, Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley and The Grand Canyon, all in 12 days. Too many parks, too little time. Next time I might do a park a week. This time it was just reconnaissance trip to see what was there. The weather was perfect, 75 degrees during the day and 45 at night. Not one day of rain and hardly a cloud in the sky ( too bad, I hate to let a cloud go to waste! ).
Drove 2000 miles in a rented Ford Fusion that I acquired a fondness for. I even did the 17 mile Monument Valley drive with it. I was surrounded by SUVs but the sedan had just enough ground clearance. It also had a top speed of 135 mph, which I tested against a big diesel pick up truck on one of those deserted mile long straights. He stopped at 125 mph.
The following are quick B & W images that I made for another purpose. The color images are for another time or you can see them on the link provided: https://cdelbert.zenfolio.com/p71791628 I brought too many memory cards but better safe than sorry. No mechanical failures of any kind.
And for those interested, hotels went for $ 75 to $ 250 a night. The rent a car was $ 28/day. Lots of convertible Ford Mustangs driven by white-haired baby boomers. About $ 75/day.
And lastly, the crowds were not too bad. Few children because they were in school. Mostly seniors like myself and foreign tourists. Never had to wait more than 5 minutes in the parking lots for a spot. Overall, very impressed with the scenery, having travelled to Patagonia and New Zealand. We can hold our own in the nature department!
Well, til maybe a month from now when I will submit some of my color photos and more miscellaneous ramblings!