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Here are some behind-the-scene photos of me taken around the country by my brother :iconmasocho: during our recent cross-country road trip to the west coast. There are many other points of interests that are mentioned in my journal entry: [link] :)


1. Public Photo Exhibition</i>
Began exhibiting my photographs with a series of monthly 28"x20" (71x51cm) prints in my home state of Ohio. This took place from May through December of 2006 in two cities. Each month I featured about a dozen of my personal favorite photos grouped according to subjects/themes (landscapes, flora, fauna, pets, conceptual, etc.) Some of the prints were sold between US $85.00 to $350.00 each to local businesses and private buyers with three prints shipped off to Brazil. A few were donated to non-profit organizations and some were given as gifts to friends after my exhibits.

It's time for new material, so I decided to go on a cross-country trip in search of new places and interesting subjects to photograph...

2. Interstate Highway 40</i>
Earlier this spring my younger brother and I embarked on a cross-country trip in my Infiniti G35 Coupe. We packed light as there wasn't much room in the trunk, but managed to fit in all our camera and hiking equipment. I-40 basically connected us to the wild wild west.

3. White Sands National Monument</i>
Our very first hike in the state of New Mexico began before sunrise and ended after sunset around large white sand dunes. We had our sunglasses but forgot the sunblock--it turned out to be a rather painfully fun experience.

4. Gila Cliff Dwellings</i>
Such a fun drive through the tall pine forest and winding mountain roads. Took us a while to get here, but it was well worth it.

5. Petrified Forest National Park</i>
Windy! It was like hiking thought a giant sand blasting machine with lots of tiny debris covering our lens filters. Beautiful pertrified woods and amazing landscape.

6. Painted Desert</i>
Curious about that sign that reads "Area Beyond Sign Closed - DO NOT ENTER"? Aren't those trails down there? What happens in Arizona, stays in Arizona!

7. The Grand Canyon</i>
The Grandview Trail was a fun hike. Snow and ice from the trailhead to about a mile down, then it gets warmer and warmer with lots of wildlife and beautiful trees and plants.

8. Hole-in-the-Wall</i>
This is a place within the Mojave National Preserve with unique geologic formation. There's a series of holes carved throughout the mount forming small arches and caves.

9. Mojave National Preserve</i>
Beautiful desert with plenty of blooming cacti, lizards and birds. Some of the roads are not maintained or paved so I don't recommend anyone driving a low-prifile sports car to this place. Also, fill up your fuel tank before approching this area or you may have to pay over $5.50/gallon at the nearest gas station named "Oasis".

10. Joshua Tree National Park</i>
Such an intersting park with unique rock formation such as the Skull Rock and Giant Rocks. The joshua trees bloom around the end of March and first weeks of April so we were treated to some delightful colors as well.

11. Point Loma</i>
Point Loma is within Cabrillo in San Diego. The cityscape and naval base can be viewed from the eastern part of the Point Loma Lighthouse. On the other side, we had the chance to walk around the beach and photgraph little sea creatures and various brown pelicans in cool flight formation.

12. San Diego Zoo</i>
3,000 miles later we finally arrived at the zoo and the chance to check out those chubby giant pandas! Next to me in the photo is our friend Paulette whom provided us with free tickets and a tour around the zoo.
Check out her beautiful gallery here ---> :iconshutterbugmom:

13. San Diego Wild Animal Park</i>
Once again, thanks to Paulette for taking us to this gorgeous animal park where one may easily believe that they are actually somewhere in Africa with well-designed and natural looking habitats.

14. La Jolla</i>
Nice city and even nicer shore line... a great window to the grand Pacific Ocean. Definitely a small place with a great view!

15. Time for a haircut</i>
Went from this to a "Mr. Clean" look in just a few minutes. Now I'm ready for summer time!

16. Fisherman's Wharf</i>
Cool little spot to visit, shop, taste fresh seafood, and photograph the city and bay area.

17. Photo Session with Bill Dan</i>
Had a rare opportunity to interview and photograph Bill Dan, a rock balancing artist from San Francisco Bay area, as he performed some amazing balancing acts using random rocks found on the shoreline. I'll be exhibiting some photos of his work shortly. Check out this [link] to read more about Bill Dan's bio.

18. San Francisco Bay</i>
What else can I say? Beautiful weather for seagulls, boaters and surfers. Also an ideal place to view and photograph the Golden Gate Bridge, check out unique architecture designs, or chill with friends and family on the beaches.

19. Yosemite National Park</i>
Still found some snow on the ground. Cool but not cold. The giant redwoods are simply amazing!

20. Bridalveil Fall</i>
Getting a closer look at one of the most popular spots inside Yosemite National Park.

21. Evening Wildlife Photography</i>
Would these wild deers allow someone to get this close to them if he was holding a rifle instead of a camera? I was amazed how calm they were as I walked in slowly and followed the herd after they ran/jumped away from other people behind us.

22. Kolob Canyons</i>
We hiked fourteen-mile (22 km) rountrip for a glimpse of Kolob Arch and some minor waterfalls nearby. This is a neat place with lots of streams and unique rock formation. Sometimes you just have to find those angles that work better for a particular shot.

23. Zion National Park</i>
Lots of spots to hike and rock climb. Good public transportation system within the park. Go early or stay late to avoid the crowd.

24. Bryce Canyon National Park</i>
Someone mentioned that there's precipitation in this beautiful place about 200 days each day. Fortunately that was one of the other 165 days. Very unique rock formation and coloration. Interesting trails with great views with each turn.

25. Arches National Park</i>
Very impressive natural giant arches. Definitely a popular tourist attraction in Utah. Once again, go early for sunrise or stay late for sunset.

26. Cleveland Botanical Garden</i>
Back to Ohio just in time for the annual butterfly show at the botanical garden. That would be me with a butterfly on my finger and my cousin Ben in the background.
Check out his beautiful gallery here ---> :iconbenjamin12282:

Thanks for your visit,
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Eddyisme Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
How does one afford a trip such as this?....Dayjob? 
Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Yes, I guess a good paying job helps.  :D
Eddyisme Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
My uncle does the same kind of stuff, he works at his job and counts down the days til he has a  week or two vacation, depending on how the jobs doing.  Always something to look forward to!
leopatra-lionfur Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Why did you shave your hair? waah ;___;
I don't want to dictate anyone his looks and style it's just I love long hair (my BF looks basically like Legolas xD ) and I can't stand shaved heads and first I was like "I didn't know that he looks so cute" and when I scrolled to the bottom of the picture my jaw dropped downright on my feet and I was like "oooh dear god please nooooooooo" xD
Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
My hair was donated to a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from permanent hair loss. I usually donate at least 30cm to over 40cm each time for a total of four donations as of December 2012. :)
Kupunn Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow great trip !!!!
But... which kind of animal ate your hair ? ^^'
ChowCwow Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
This is amazing. I envy you, that you can go around this country and that such wonderful shots. Maybe you also have red blood? ( as if referred to Indian blood )
the-EEM Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Your picture in Zion National Park, is that on the Lower Emerald pool trail?
Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
It was.
Gaaras-my-Hubbie Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! How do you get so close to those deer?
Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Slowly and carefully. :D
Gaaras-my-Hubbie Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Must be tricky! :XD:
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
SOOOPER SHOOTER!!!....:firelite-photo:
chocolatemaster555 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been to White Sands. It was one of the most beautiful places I had ever been to. Until I went to Italy.... But my oh my you have got yourself a journey. Looks like fun. I think your camera is fascinating. What kind is it?
Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
There's a link in my journal entry that lists my cameras and lenses. :)
chocolatemaster555 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ok thank you so much you don't understand what an honor it is to be talking to you...*trying not to sound weird*
asish1 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Filmographer
wad car is that ..?
Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
It's a Japanese (Infiniti) sports coupe based on the Nissan FM platform shared with the Nissan 350Z.
Thepongpongs Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
That photogragh "ROCKS!"~~~~~!!!!!!! lol i am so lame - _ -" haha
piratevamp Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your photographs are breathtaking. It takes every ounce of effort for me not to fave every single one of your pieces, lol.
xXLeafberryXx Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
I go to Bryce and Zion every year :D I'm going in a week
Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Lucky you! :)
MiniSatra Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, I'm from Ohio. :'D
I love the Butterfly Show.

It's always nice to go there early because there's more butterflies than there is later. c':
FrauleinVampyria Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, that's very cool ! Your photos are amazing.
But I prefer when you had long hair. ;D
arches123 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Thanks for the fav
patyshady Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Great! I love your photos! You are a awesome artist!
I hope, from my heart, that you keep showing your stunning arts to us...
I am from Brazil, you need to come here to explore my beauty should love! I am sure!

Thanks for ready this, and one again, congratulations!!
Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Thanks, hope I get to spend some time touring different places in Brazil in 2014! :D
patyshady Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
It will be nice!
Khalmora-Creations Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awesome! That looked like an epic trip!
Why did you cut off your hair though? You had such beautiful locks, better than my own in fact lol. Though, admittedly i wish I didn't have any sometimes. It can get irritating when taking photos and it blows into shot lol.

Love the shot in the San Diego Zoo, made me laugh. "My lens is bigger than yours!" :D
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist just go EVERYWHERE don't you?

*is jealous*

Great work! I enjoy your photos quite a bit:D Thanks for posting them here for us all to enjoy.
YungDeep Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
Wonderful work. I really like how you put your traveling all together and then even added an description about each site visted. Very organized and well put together. Great Art man..
Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Thank you. :D
CGibbens-Stimson Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
I enjoy this every time I visit your page :D
Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
Thank you, my friend! :bow:
Gremlich Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Dood, you're missing Acadia National Park in Maine.
ladynwaiting Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
i have been to whitesands many time when i was younger. i lived abut an hour from there, and it was beautiful, did you get many good shots from that trip? i can totaly understand the sunburn thing, i forgot my sunblock once...and its something i never did again! its something about the white sand that reflects the sun, it makes the sunburn like 3 times worse! glad you enjoyed it though, minus the
Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
Yep, will definitely go back there again (with strong sunblock of course)! :nod:
FullmetallLover Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
wow cool so many places i used to live in joshua tree so we would go to the park to rock climb a couple of times
Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
That was a nice park and the rock formation were really amazing just like the old Joshua trees. All those big rocks to climb and jump off certainly make any adult feel like a little child again.
FullmetallLover Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
lol yeah my mom used to take us up there every once in awhile when we got bored of the mountain in front of our house there was so much to do and the wildlife there is fun to watch specially the south pacific tree frogs we were walking around one day and there was this pond with like thousands of little frogs that were no bigger than ur thumb
acidflow Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
I like your portrait from Fisherman's Wharf. :)
warain Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
I WANT TO Take a photo like you
Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
This is very lovely. Your photographs are some of the best I have ever seen. You photos really inspire me!

It must be great to travel like that!
crazyamazinglisa Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
I want your life :)
wendyandlisa Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
At first glance, I thought your Infiniti was a Nissan Z... you stinker! :) It's gorgeous!
georgia-conroy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
I love the idea behind this it is a great record of your travels!
Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Thanks. We have been doing this with our family vacation photos for ages.
georgia-conroy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Ah see over here we just don't do that for some reason. No idea why lol I tried taking photos at XMas but yeah so didn't work lol
Vint26 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional Photographer
Super!!! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
RetteMichBabe Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
There are no words for how awesome this is ^^
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