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Sedona is a strangely magnificent place. Home of some of the most interesting geologic formations and landscapes. Home of the modern New Age movement. You can visit a monastery in the hills, or you can take the grand tour of the mystical vortex. Still not entirely sure what that is…







We drove around Sedona to film at a couple locations, but the real winner was driving up to the Merry-Go-Round formation. To get up there, what’s supposed to happen is you go downtown and rent an off-road ATV. Oversized go carts with monster wheels for adults. They’re made specifically to get you up steep and rocky trails that cars shouldn’t be on. We did not know this. And our formerly new age guide somehow managed to forget to relay this valuable information, even though he was in the car with us. But we managed to make it up to the top in a GMC SUV that has less clearance than a minivan. I don’t know how we’re not still stranded up there…







I had some time to climb around while my coworkers flew the drone. Still shooting the AE-1. After having shot with it for a while, I really like having all the features a 35mm camera can have. Auto exposure (or at least metering), large viewfinder, easy to focus, lots of exposures per roll, portable… But I’m not quite happy with how the lens performs. It is the standard lens that came with the camera back in the 70s after all. So it’s not incredibly sharp even stopped down to f8 or so. It’s fine for snapshots and fun, but any kind of enlarging will be impossible. Maybe I’ll try to find something a little faster, a little sharper.

Written by ryanstufflebam

May 5, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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