Usually when I go on vacation I’m of the mindset that my iPhone will work just fine for taking all the pictures and videos I need.
Luckily before taking a road trip with one of my best friends down to the Bay Area for 11 days I decided it would be worth it to bring my DSLR.
This decision was even more justified after taking an overnight trip to Yosemite National Park — aka the most beautiful place in this country. This was not only my first time to the Bay Area ( which was amazing in its own right) but also my first time to Yosemite.
I’m still amazed by the pure size of the granite formations, waterfalls and wildlife throughout the park. Hikes with our group on the Upper Yosemite Falls and Mirror Lake trails provided some beautiful scenery and I had my camera with me the whole time.
Once I decided to bring my Canon 5D Mark iii on the trip, the only decision I had to make was which lens. I love the look of my 70-200 2.8, but it is not only bulky, but I wouldn’t be able to capture the landscape shots I knew I would want. So I landed on my 28-300 3.5-6.3, which is mainly used in my sports highlight videos.
Not only was this lens very compact and easy to hike with, but it gave me the perfect focal range or everything I wanted to shoot on vacation.
Here’s a look at some of my shots from Yosemite along with a few others from around San Fransisco.