Photography Fun Doesn’t Stop After Dark.

Everybody shoots sunsets.  I doubt if you could find a photographer, or any traveler with a camera, who hasn’t tried their hand at capturing that last light of the day.  And I don’t blame them.  I’ve shot more than a few sunsets myself.    But unless you’re presented with a wonderful sky full of dramatic clouds, or some exceptional reflected color, your sunset shot isn’t going to turn any heads.

That’s why Rochelle and I try to study other astronomical events to see if we can incorporate them into our photography.  And it turns out our favorite celestial body is often not the sun, but the moon.  But before I get into the ins and “mostly” outs of shooting the moon, let me tell you a bit about our most recent weekend in Yosemite. Continue reading

A Little Bit about Charley

Charley, our new Roadtrek Motorhome, is officially named the Agile SS, with the SS standing for Short Sprinter.  It’s about 19 1/2 feet long (more like 20 1/2 with the continental kit on the back), six feet wide and nearly 10 feet tall from the ground to the top of the air conditioner.  Charley started out life as a Mercedes Sprinter Van, with a nice turbo-diesel engine that gets nearly 20 miles per gallon.  The folks up in Canada at the Roadtrek plant modified the van and added loads of standard features, including a power sofa that converts to a bed, a small, but usable bathroom with shower and a pretty complete kitchen.  There’s all of the standard motorhome features as well, like a built-in generator, water heater, television, inverter, etc.

The selling factor for us wasn’t really how much Charley resembles a larger motorhome, but how much Charely reminds us of a car.  We can drive it like a car.  Park it like a car.  Store it like a car (well, it doesn’t fit in the garage, but that’s another story.)  For photographers, it’s the perfect combination.  We can sleep in it.  Eat it in.  Shower in it.  And we can also make those unplanned quick-stops at the side of the road when we see a photo opportunity.  We can also easily park it at events, street fairs and other busy tourist spots. Continue reading

Travels with Charley

A few months ago, my wife Rochelle and I decided that our Photography Obsession would be greatly enhanced with the addition of a new motorhome.  Long thought was given to the decision (I’m sure that sounds familiar to most of you) and compromises needed to be made.  Did we want to roll around the country in absolute comfort, bringing along half of our household inventory.? Or, did we want to be nimble and quick so we could capture those little bits of the day that seem to disappear before you can say “Stop right here!”.

SONY DSCI won’t bore you with the details.  After everything was considered, we decided the Roadtrek Agile fit our needs perfectly.  No longer than a big pickup truck, we could drive, maneuver and park like a car.  Perfect for those little turnouts on the side of the road.  But the Agile is also a fully equipped motorhome, so we didn’t have to forgo our much-beloved creature comforts.  And, if you’re reading this, you probably have, or soon will, come to the same conclusion. Continue reading