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Sunset at Joshua Tree

In 2007 I visited Joshua Tree National Park in California with my brother to do some hiking.  Here’s one of my favorite photos from that trip, taken with a Casio Exilim pocket camera:

Joshua Tree Sunset

I hope this helps to put to rest the myth that one needs a fancy, expensive camera to take nice photos.  I have an even better sunset snap somewhere in the archives, taken with a 1.3MP Sony camera that I won in a contest in 2000.  Let’s see if I can dig it up… Yep, here you go,

Sunset at Snowshoe ski area

Expensive D-SLR cameras are good for low light, for sports, and for cases where you need more zoom or more wide angle than a pocket camera provides.  D-SLR’s usually have a better flash, or the option of an accessory flash.  But in many cases a pocket camera is just as good, or even better (e.g. taking videos).  If you don’t have a camera with you because your D-SLR is too big, you will not get any photo at all… unless you count your (probably) fixed-focus cell phone camera.  Which I wouldn’t.

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Posted in Landscapes and Photography 7 years, 7 months ago at 10:16 am.

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  1. I’ve been to Joshua Tree in 2001, and it was great 105F at 11am was a little to much though for my Irish skin !

    The park is really beautiful, no wonder it inspired U2 !

    Paul

  2. Yeah, it can get warm at Joshua Tree. I’ve been once in March and once in January, and both times the weather was quite pleasant. Death Valley in January was really nice too!

  3. I’ve been hearing and seeing more and more about this park. It might be a sign telling me to take a trip :)
    .-= Captain Kimo´s last blog ..Photographer at Sunrise Coral Cove Park =-.

  4. Kimo, I’ll have to do a post sometime about Joshua Tree. I promise you won’t be disappointed photographically if you go there. So many amazing settings, and almost every sunset was a red-tinged barn-burner! The evening light there with the red and orange rocks is like photographic crack.