This post was partially written by me in December after returning from a trip photographing in southern Utah in November.
This'll be it for the Utah trip as by Day 10 I'll be on a plane for Boston. I've enjoyed bringing it to you and have a couple of observations.
First, length of trip: I learned the length issue when shooting wheat fields for many years in the mid-nineties. Too long is not good, too short is too short. At least for me, every day concentrating on photographing, driving and photographing can wear you down and start to make something you love doing not so much fun or rewarding. That usually means too long. Ten days is about right, although I can do a trip like this in seven. Longer and things can get repetitive and routine, never good.
Most trips show up equipment flaws and deficiencies, if not a need for a replacement. Hopefully, you haven't dropped a camera or had one fail. I used to travel with a backup. I no longer do. I know, risky. Perhaps this addresses my faith in Nikon for I have not ever had one fail. I do know after this trip I need to replace one lens with a better one.
I am now writing this after being back for two weeks and can bring you up to speed with where I am with the pictures from Utah.
So far so good, but still early days. I have worked primarily on the work made from the two days I spent photographing Factory Butte near Hanskville. The area near the butte is also exceptional and those are beginning to come as well.
Here I am in April 2019 finishing this post on Utah and I can now lend a little perspective. I made the Utah pictures in November 2018. First off, I sold the 80-400 mm lens I'd used for years as it wasn't that great above 300 mm and by 400 just plain poor. I replaced it with the f5.6 200-500mm Nikkor. About the same weight but better beyond 300 for sure. I look forward to using this lens as I head back out to wheat field country in Washington in June. I also photographed extensively with the new Tamron 24-70 f 2.8 lens I'd bought to replace the Nikon and can report it is practically flwaless, Great sharpness, and very good out to the corners.
I worked to make as consummate a group of pictures from Utah as I could. Those exist as a boxed set in a portfolio case.