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Old 05-17-2013, 10:13 PM   #121
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Glad you got to come this way...awesome report and pictures. You know- people wonder why (with my 35s) I say that the 4.10 is just okay and that the stock brakes are not just okay. You got a taste of that, but in a big dose!
I never had an issue with stock brakes. They are undersized so I have to allow plenty of room to stop. Sometimes I forget I'm not in my other vehicles and things get hairy however the gears....I think Colorado should get 4.56 from factory lol

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Old 05-17-2013, 10:14 PM   #122
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nice work to the OP.
fwiw i sold my NFR S2K AP2 two years ago
I miss it every now and then.
Mine sits in the garage all year . I often feel guilty. Now that I have a daughter we almost never have a chance to take her out. I usually take her out once a year to the dragon but this year I didn't, so in the garage she sleeps. I could never bring myself to sell it (tried to twice.) I fully built everything in that car.

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Old 05-18-2013, 03:24 PM   #123
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Seriously - some of the best pictures of Moab I've ever seen...and I've been there! Awesome place and treacherous if you aren't careful as you found. I do have to say I'm going to re-pack my emergency rations with steak. My wife will think I'm nuts, but if I bring an emergency bottle of wine...

Glad you liked the Colorado portion of the trip once you got off the plains. Those of use that live here love it too.

BTW...there are a few of us Crush JK's out here
Thanks! I don't like Colorado, I LOVE Colorado, and as I said earlier, and looking to relocate my family there sometime in the coming few years! Gods country.
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Old 05-18-2013, 03:27 PM   #124
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Love it!

Does one just show up in Moab, or is it a scheduled kind of thing?

Regarding your images, I have a few questions:

1. What lens(s) did you use on the 5d3?

2. Did you have/use any on-camera filters (nd/cp) or is your effect all done in post processing?

Very envious of your journey. I've started to get the itch to travel like this (I've never really been anywhere), and this has certainly turned that itch into more of a rash... LOL!
Depends on the time, but no, you don't need to plan it. Short of EJS week, there is always rooms for rent in Moab. The spontaneity was part of the fun actually.

The lenses I use for my 1DsIII (not 5D although the same sensor) vary, but for a place like Moab, I like to shoot wide, so all the photos you see were shot with a 16-35 F2.8 @16mm. If you are looking to buy, save your money, and buy a 17-40L. 1/3rd of the price, and actually sharper. The 1mm isn't worth it. (This only applies if you shoot full frame.)

As for filters, post processing is so powerful today, that other than ND and graduated ND filters (which I did not use for these photos), filters have become obsolete in my opinion.
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Old 05-18-2013, 03:40 PM   #125
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Nice thread. Looks like you had a lotta fun. It's a good thing you didn't try to punch through LaSal Pass...we might have met. You're smarter than most. You'd be surprised at the number of people we rescue from the mountain roads before the snow has had a chance to melt...but it's most often the road to Gateway, CO. In fact, we rescued a couple of people who were stuck in the mud on the north end of the mountain last week...which I think is when you said you were here. I had 1.5 inches of rain at my place in the foothills of the LaSals (Castleton) in 3 days. Actually, LaSal Pass is in San Juan County, but they might have called us anyway since we're a lot closer than San Juan Search and Rescue.

Nice pix...but a little heavy on the HDR (just my opinion). It's easy to do. One trick you might try if you use Photoshop...right click on any thumbnail in Bridge and open it in Camera Raw. Use the adjustment brush to make incredibly fine-tuned adjustments (brightness, saturation, etc.) on any section of an image. I sometimes spend an hour on a single image in Camera Raw before even bringing it into Photoshop...and that is after I've combined the images in Photomatix Pro. I assume you use Photoshop since you're shooting with an $8000 camera body.
Sorry I missed this post! A little unnerving to hear that you actually have to rescue people from there? Just curious, do you charge people for it, or do you work for a search and rescue team that does it no matter what?

As for the HDR, these edits are for forum/sharing use, and were done on my macbook in the cabin. If the images were going to a client or print, they would have 5 hours of editing done to them not to mention, at home on my color corrected monitor and a pitch black office.
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:22 PM   #126
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I have lived in several places and visited several (except Alaska). While it does get a bit hot for my liking in mid-summer, I have not found a place as beautiful, amazing, and anywhere as accessible (trails) as Colorado. California is nice too, as are Washington and Oregon. Hard to live in CA (amazing weather, of course) due to the expense, but either way, it is hard to beat Colorado.
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Just make sure you are WELL prepared. If it's only you and your son, I recommend you have a case of water for EACH of you for any given day (don't take this lightly.) A cooler full of ice helps to, since you can drink that water if necessary. If your Jeep doesn't have a navi, get a decent hiker's navi (or a garmin style unit.) CB radio *may* help, but inside a canyon, the range is severely impacted. Make sure you tell someone your plans for the day, and tell them to expect a call that evening. If they don't hear from you for 48 hours, call the Park service, Moab police, or BLM offices. (again, don't take this warning lightly.) It's always better to be safe than REALLY REALLY sorry. I did this, and my friend and I are in our 30s. If I had my daughter with me, I would probably be even more careful. Have emergency food like beef jerky and a box of the highest calorie protein/candy bars you can find. Make sure you have extra gas. Some trails are A LOT longer and slower than you think, and you can burn quite a bit of gas. A day of fun can turn miserable in a hurry. Being prepared will ensure you and your son will have a great time, but stay safe. Some places I went were VERY remote, and I didn't see a soul anywhere near us.
Great tips for us all. Thanks.
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Great read and incredible pictures - I'm in the northeast as well and have thought about a trip like that for a while - looks like a great time
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Just make sure you are WELL prepared. If it's only you and your son, I recommend you have a case of water for EACH of you for any given day (don't take this lightly.) A cooler full of ice helps to, since you can drink that water if necessary. If your Jeep doesn't have a navi, get a decent hiker's navi (or a garmin style unit.) CB radio *may* help, but inside a canyon, the range is severely impacted. Make sure you tell someone your plans for the day, and tell them to expect a call that evening. If they don't hear from you for 48 hours, call the Park service, Moab police, or BLM offices. (again, don't take this warning lightly.) It's always better to be safe than REALLY REALLY sorry. I did this, and my friend and I are in our 30s. If I had my daughter with me, I would probably be even more careful. Have emergency food like beef jerky and a box of the highest calorie protein/candy bars you can find. Make sure you have extra gas. Some trails are A LOT longer and slower than you think, and you can burn quite a bit of gas. A day of fun can turn miserable in a hurry. Being prepared will ensure you and your son will have a great time, but stay safe. Some places I went were VERY remote, and I didn't see a soul anywhere near us.
Thanks for the advice. I plan in doing plenty of research and being prepared for the unexpected. A coworker has been out there several times and I will be talking to him a lot to get advice and info. I don't plan on doing a lot of technical off roading, I just want to take in the scenery and make a great memory for my son and myself. We live in TX and my son plays a lot of soccer and football in 100 plus temps so we are really careful to stay hydrated and always have water. I know this can be a hostile environment and plan to be as prepared as I can.

This members on here are great and I am sure I will be seeking some advice
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Thanks for the advice. I plan in doing plenty of research and being prepared for the unexpected. A coworker has been out there several times and I will be talking to him a lot to get advice and info. I don't plan on doing a lot of technical off roading, I just want to take in the scenery and make a great memory for my son and myself. We live in TX and my son plays a lot of soccer and football in 100 plus temps so we are really careful to stay hydrated and always have water. I know this can be a hostile environment and plan to be as prepared as I can.

This members on here are great and I am sure I will be seeking some advice
Yup, anything you need, just ask! Buy the moab book on Amazon from Funtreks. All the greens you are good to go, and the blues are ok if you are careful. If you are going alone (alone vehicle wise) I'd keep off the red stuff personally. Not because of danger (most of the red stuff is actually pretty busy with people) but because equipment failure is a fast way to ruin your trip. If you want to testrun a red, do Top of the World.

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