Although I enjoyed using and was pleased with the results from my EF 17-40mm f/4 lens for the first part of our California trip, I opted to use the more versatile EF 24-105mm f/4 lens for the remainder of our vacation. We spent one more day in Carmel, and I took some more pictures that morning at the beach.
As with the wide angle lens, I was happy with the pictures I took with the 24-105. I was (and am) still in the process of learning the finer points of my new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, but I am already thrilled with this upgrade over my older Canon EOS Rebel T3. The images are definitely sharper, and the greater resolution allows me to crop tightly and still have a great image, as in the case of the image of the light colored dog running along the beach.
The plan for the next day was to drive to Paso Robles. But we first took a detour and checked out the scenic 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. It was a bit gray and foggy, but I was still able to get plenty of interesting shots. Again, the ability to crop tightly helped with some of these pictures, most notably the ones with birds or seals on distant rocks.
After the 17 Mile Drive and lunch in Monterey, we continued on to Paso Robles in time for a nice dinner. The highlight of the next day was a trip to Tablas Creek Vineyard.
I also took plenty of photos in downtown Paso Robles.
Our vacation went by too quickly, but we really enjoy our time away and are thankful that we had the opportunity to have an extended stay in California. Although we liked all the places we visited, we were especially fond of Carmel and are already talking about possibly going back next summer. We loved that the weather was so pleasant and such a relief from the east coast heat. We also liked that there wasn’t a lot to do other than eat, taste wines, and walk along the beach. It was certainly the more relaxing part of our trip.
As with my day 1 pictures, these photos are only a fraction of the ones I had taken. I have a complete set of our trip on Flickr.
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