West coast USA

California, Arizona and Utah

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An amazing trip on the road with a Ford Mustang GT featuring a massive 5.0 liter V8 under the hood is perhaps the most engaging way to experience the mighty landscapes of California, Arizona and Utah.

Finally I had the opportunity to visit the part of the world where the digital revolution started back in the 70s, and I loved every bit of it. A 15 day trip on the road in a proper muscle car, driving through the majestic landscapes of the Arizona deserts and Grand Canyon, the giant forests of California’s national parks, Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

It is difficult to describe the variety and scale of amazing landscapes that I’ve been driving through with my friend Paolo during this 15 days trip. To this day I’m still thinking at those mountains, endless highways and deserted twisty secondary roads, for thousands of miles. Has been a somewhat mesmerising experience, and the best way to convey it is through images, so take a look at the photos!

Notes

I’ve been waiting for a decent camera from Canon to upgrade to for quite some times. Unfortunately it came out too late. The 70D was released just when I came back so I opted for a new lens, and upgraded the body next year. The new lens is the well regarded 24-105 F4L IS, which is a great stabilized zoom that offers a sharp image without costing an arm and a leg like the new amazing but overpriced 24-70 F2.8L II. I knew that united states are about landscapes, so I needed a sharp lens, great colour and contrast. I believe that the set I brought with me was just right. I had an ultra wide lens, a great tele and a general purpose zoom to handle any situation. However the equipment was heavy, and hiking in the desert with all that stuff in the backpack was a pain. I’m considering switching to a micro 4:3 system or something like that. Its a tough decision.

Role and Team (design team)

Alessandro Filippi (Photographer)
Paolo Tadini (Support, Photographer)

Programs

Photoshop Extended CS6
Lightroom 4

Equipment

Canon EOS 500D
Canon 17-40 F4L
Canon 70-200 F4L IS
Canon 24-105 F4L IS