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[Total: 0    Average: 0/5] You must sign in to vote In this on-location video I venture to a unique geological formation called The Pumpkin Patch in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park of Southern California. This remote area is dotted with alien-like orbs of sandstone that form underground before being exposed through soil erosion. Once exposed, these concretions are shaped by the wind into the smooth pumpkin-sized “boulders”. Never having visited this site before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, so I brought plenty of camera gear just in case. I had a full Mamiya RZ67 set up with 50mm, 110mm, 180mm, and 360mm lenses on board. I ended up using my 6×6 square-format back for the Mamiya RZ67 because I’ve been addicted to shooting square compositions lately. With me I also had my Shen Hao TFC 617-A 6×17 panoramic camera in hopes that I would find a good panoramic composition. But alas, no inspiration struck in that regard. I ended up shooting a single roll of Ilford Delta 100 film pushed 1 stop and using a red filter. Pushing the film one stop and using the red filter both increased contrast in the resulting pictures. In hindsight, I think I may have gone overboard on the contrast, but it worked out well for a few of the shots. Pushing film like this results in much darker shadows and brighter highlights, but as you’ll see in some of the photos, the shadows went far too dark. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is an off-roader’s dream. There are plenty of fun obstacles and moguls to drive your 4×4 over. Thanks to my 2016 Toyota 4Runner, I was able to navigate these obstacles with ease (and fun). Be sure to check out my blog post for this video ( to see the photo […]


  • photon_trap 10 months ago

    Enough 4x tips already

  • this is a new youtube name 10 months ago

    The scene and editing at 5:00 is great. Thanks for all the efforts putting this together and sharing. Very inspiring.

  • Eric Bryan 10 months ago

    Nice, you got a new 4Runner! I need to get out there just for the offroad fun. That part with the bug chasing you was quite possibly your finest video work yet!

  • Joseph Brotherton 10 months ago

    With the 6×6 back do you actually get 12 shots – I've read people online saying they have 10? Also, how to do you compose square, did you change the focus screen? I'm just about to purchase an rz67 and excited to use square format.

  • Mike G 10 months ago

    Hi Nick…new subscriber. Can you tell me a little bit about your ladder/platform? I use a 4WD Suburban which is great for sleeping if I don't feel like pitching a tent. Been looking for a ladder/platform setup that could also serve as a shooting platform and noticed yours. Aftermarket? Brand? Thanks.

  • Edward Salo 10 months ago

    Excellent video.

  • GEOFHUTT02 10 months ago

    Great production values. Thanks for your work. And I love the comic relief!

  • Doug MacDonald 10 months ago

    Hey Nick, cool Chanel. The only problem is I just binged watched the whole thing. I'm looking forward to more adventures and printing episodes. keep up the good work!

  • lolmadbro 10 months ago

    Nick, great video! Couple questions. When you're shooting you said you're pushing the film to ISO 200, are you metering for 100? Also, how are you metering with the red filter? Is that done in camera or are doing that outside?


  • PB Salfen 10 months ago

    You can blame Ben Horne for my attendance.
    Soooo… what happened to the silver Toy with the ARB awning?

  • Joshua Vince 10 months ago

    you're like a young billy bob Thornton in this video

  • Joshua Vince 10 months ago

    lost my shit at the 67 / 66   ..

  • Thomas Byers 10 months ago

    Awesome video Nick! Hope to see more, they're really well put together!

  • Danvil 10 months ago

    I think you need to use a light meter. Almost all of your images were very underexposed.

  • Mike Morgan 10 months ago

    Glad to see you are posting again. Love your videos and the journeys.

  • Stephen Wilson 10 months ago

    Another great video, left me with a smile on my face. Thank you!

  • burn1nator 10 months ago

    man! i completely forgotten how good of an eye you have for composition and landscape photography. those where some great images, too bad because of the light leak. you need to make more videos. you really inspire me to do landscape photography, and I fucken hate landscape photography.

  • bogrunberger 10 months ago

    I had almost given up on you, Nick! So glad to see another video from you. I love them, and I hope you are well.

  • Sammy Santiago 10 months ago

    Great video Nick.

  • CavemanPhotos 10 months ago

    Thanks for the vid. Any chance you solved the light leak? What was the problem? Cheers!

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