13 Nov Jonathan Cartu Review: Follow the iPhone 12 Pro Max on a rugged Lost Coast
California’s Lost Coast is a world of its own at the edge of the continent. Located in Humboldt County, in the far northern part of the state, this remote stretch of pristine coastline sits atop the backpacking trip bucket list. With few towns or major roads, it’s best explored via the 25-mile Lost Coast Trail that winds along black sand beaches and rocky shores.
A few weeks ago, I took the, visiting Lake Tahoe for a wondrous 24 hours to test its camera. The results were excellent, and now Apple’s adding even more camera punch with the . As it goes on sale Friday, let’s take a look at Apple’s latest photographic monster that’s definitely made for photographers.
We went off the grid in the Lost Coast for a few days, exploring the beauty of this isolated coastal wilderness. For this trip, I left my bulky Canon 5D Mark III and array of lenses at home and brought only the. While it’s still no replacement for my usual gear, the phone was a worthy companion along this incredible stretch of wilderness.
Most of the time, the Lost Coast Trail isn’t really a trail at all. For miles we scramble along rocks at the water’s edge with waves crashing at our feet. Along vast stretches along the trail, it’s completely impossible to pass through at high tide. The terrain is challenging. The weather is highly unpredictable. This is the Lost Coast.
Jagged, steep cliffs rise straight from the rocky shores of the Pacific Ocean to elevations of more than 4,000 feet just a few miles inland into the King Range National Conservation Area.
During periods of low tide, there are opportunities to get down to the hard packed sand near and explore tide pools with kelp, sea anemones and fish.
Check out the detail the camera captured in both the sand and star-shaped echinoderm.
As we entered the first impassable tidal zone, we had a few miles of beach hiking and scrambling over rocks before we made it to the first night’s camp at Randall Creek.
There are no roads, no people and no cell phone service out here. Except for a few remote, off-the-grid cabins and the Punta Gorda lighthouse, there’s just mountains falling sharply into a sea of cold, chaotic waves.
Once you leave the impassable high tide zone, you quickly find yourself in four miles of open meadows and grassy bluffs.
Massive pieces of driftwood washed ashore by strong winds and crushing waves pepper Mattole Beach as the sun sets. The Lost Coast is a perfect place to go for dark skies and empty beaches. The feeling of quiet and seclusion will make you feel like you’re cut off from the rest of the world.
Low light at night
Photography is all about light. Images are made by capturing the different amounts of light reflected from the various parts of a scene. Dark objects absorb more of the available light and reflect less back into the camera, while bright objects reflect more light to the sensor. Getting great photos when there isn’t much light available is a challenge for any camera.