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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Escalante Photos (Optio WPi) on 03/21/2006 20:31:39 MST Print View

A few shots from my recent trip to Escalante, taken with a Pentax Optio WPi. Enjoy!

Sara wading a small slot in Coyote Gulch after she and I dropped in (the rest of our crew hiked around it). Most people skip this and hike around it. A small waterfall drop is required to enter it, and it's committing - you can't go up once you drop! And you can't scout the slot, either. It's short, thankfully, and there are only two waist-deep holes in it, which can be, how shall we say, strategically jumped...

Lower Coyote Gulch. Big walls.

Jacob Hamblin Arch.

Dawn at one of our camps, this one is just above Coyote Natural Bridge.

Walter Yates, the Utah State University Arts & Lectures Coordinator, in his TarpTent Cloudburst.

Sunrise shot, same camp.

Me, getting ready to waltz through Coyote Natural Bridge.

John Louviere, USU ORC Director, doing a little tennie scrambling.

Walter in a very comforting orange place.

Wading the v-v-v-ery cold Escalante River en route up to our camp for the night.

Sunset from our camp in Stevens Gulch.

My camp in Stevens Gulch, a bivy under a massive overhanging cliff.

Writing in my journal the next morning.

A poky thing.

An awesome morning reflection in the calm water of Stevens Gulch.

Our group heading back down the Escalante on our last day.

Edited by ryan on 03/21/2006 20:54:14 MST.

Jeroen Wesselman
(jeroenman) - F

Locale: Europe
Optio WPi on 03/22/2006 08:36:23 MST Print View

excellent and beautiful pictures, sounds like a great trip.

Were you happy with the camera?

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Optio WPi on 03/22/2006 11:24:19 MST Print View

The WPi's "turn everything orange" setting certainly works well ;-)

I agree, great shots that give a good feel to what canyon travel must be like. My feet are soggy from just looking.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Re: Optio WPi on 03/22/2006 11:52:40 MST Print View

>> The WPi's "turn everything orange" setting certainly works well ;-)

It doesn't have that setting, Rick. I used an orange photon for supplementary lighting. Man, those new LED's are somethin' else. The rock is actually this really icky gray.

Jeroen - yes, I'm thrilled with the camera. Especially the time required to adjust settings to take a really good shot - it's fast. The ruggedness and waterproofness are fantastic for me. I didn't have to worry about the camera being in my thigh pocket when I was wading deeper than that. The battery life is great, too - 300 shots/battery or so. I still wish it ran on AAA's, though.

Chris Chastain
(Thangfish) - F

Locale: S. Central NC, USA
Nice! on 03/22/2006 14:04:48 MST Print View

Nice shots... really.
I've been very curious about this camera for sometime now. Toting my Canon 20D backpacking is out of the question and I have been looking for something robust and small.
I think I just found what I need.

Thanks for posting the pics on your personal site complete with the EXIF info intact so we can see what settings you used.


Jeroen Wesselman
(jeroenman) - F

Locale: Europe
Optio WPi on 03/23/2006 03:29:24 MST Print View


will you take this camera on your artic trek? How will you cope with battery life on such a long trip. Spare one?

Peter Yanover
(pxyanove) - F

Locale: Southwest
Re: Escalante Photos (Optio WPi) on 03/23/2006 05:22:02 MST Print View

This looks like a beautiful hike. Could you give the itinerary or have it posted elsewhere? How technical was it? I noticed some fancy cliff edging in one shot that might stop me.