Jon G and his girlfriend, Abi, were heading back to Seattle from the bay area. We decided to head out to the sunflower fields to take some pictures. After acquiring the pictures, we drove back to Vacaville because they wanted to eat In N Out one more time. I guess In N Out hasn’t expanded into Seattle, WA.
Here are a few goofy pictures of the evening. My son really liked Abi and it was very cute to see Abi holding my son’s hand as if she was a very close aunt. He had only met her for the first time a few days ago!
I was using my Nikon D800 and my 50mm f/1.4D lens with a shallower depth of field. I pulled down the blinds in the restaurant to make it not so bright. It did help to even out the light, but still kept the faces bright.
On 4th of July, we decided to head to Muir Woods up in the Marin Headlands.
We tried to get there early because we knew there were going to be crowds. The website to the place suggested we utilize their shuttle bus system. It was $5 for the adults round trip and free for kids. We got off the 101 in Sausalito and parked in the appropriate parking lot just off the freeway. The shuttle ride was about 20-30 minutes through a lot of windy and narrow roads. It was very convenient. When we got close to the national park, there were a lot of cars already parked along the side of the road. The shuttle bus just dropped us off right in front. Easy.
I decided to by an annual pass to the national parks at $80. It allows me and up to 3 others to get into the national parks for free. Mine will expire next July 2014. I bought it in anticipation of going to Zion NP, and possibly Arches NP on my planned October Photography Road trip. I may not get my money’s worth, but there were a few times in the past where I didn’t pay my entrance fee. Plus I do love my national parks and wanted to contribute to their preservation.
I gave the kids their cameras to take pictures. I think they did get a few. Hayley tried to use my tripod with her new indestructible PINK camera!
Here are mine: