Whether to Weather: Pros and Cons of a Roadtrip

Dear Weather Systems of the South,

All on I-10, from New Orleans to Houston, you unleashed relentless storming and rainfall like it was going out of style.

Because of driving in this, I’m pretty sure Caitlyn is traumatized.

And may suffer from PTSD. Only time will tell.

Regardless, we will promptly accept proper compensation in the form of glorious weather days ahead for said traumatic experience.

Just a little rain today

The majority of our day was spent on the road in varying degrees of the above conditions. Now someone might ask, why go through that? Why are you even driving in the first place?

Because I for one COMPLETELY hate driving in the rain, that in and of itself is enough to bring up this talking point:

A Handful of Pros and Cons of Roadtripping (Weather-wise)


Pro

You are completely dry, warm, and shielded in your pod on wheels from the rain of terror outside.

Con

You are completely blinded and on edge in your pod on wheels from the rain of terror outside.

Pro

If necessary, you can tap out and pull over at any given time. Or better yet, conveniently time stopping for food during the downpour.

Con

It takes so much longer to get anywhere.

Pro

But it’s not like you can’t get there. (As in your flight would be cancelled due to inclement weather)

Con

Camera equipment and rain are not the best of friends.

Pro

You can quickly run out, snap your photos, and run back into safety while nursing your camera back to health with random takeout napkins and microfiber cloths.


And that’s exactly what we did on our adventure in Metairie Cemetery before leaving New Orleans.

Cait navigated us around this super cool cemetery, in and out of a storm, like a pro. It was sick.

Here are some of my photos from yesterday:


  
  
  

We also had a blast the night before.


All in all, there are of course many other pros and cons weather-wise for roadtripping, but as of now, I’m still pro 🙂

Thoughts?

Much love,

Shanna

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Tokina & Trains: Which Excited Me More?

So, I ordered the Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 Pro DX II Lens for my trip, and yes, it is glorious. And yes, I’m going to show it off in this post.

But first, can we talk about something for a second?

trainview
View from the lounge car

Trains are seriously an awesome way to travel up the state of Florida.

Who knew?! I certainly didn’t. But I figured it out real quick yesterday.

train trip
Going on an adventure!

Sure, trains are great in general – you just sit back and relax while watching the landscape whip by.

But…

Do you know what is really great? (Aside from going on inter-car adventures?)

That moment when you realize you’d normally have to endure this trip in your car, along with all the hundreds of other cars, all packed in two lanes, speeding and stopping, lurching forward then honking impatiently…

Wait for it…

There it is…

The realization you’re traveling WITHOUT TRAFFIC.

No more do you have incur the wretched wrath of road rage! No more must you lament over the accident gawkers causing an hour long jam on the highway. You are free

I enjoyed this revelation thoroughly.

Anyway, happy successful first travel day for me! Deerfield –> Tampa with no hiccups 🙂


In addition to trains, the Tokina is quite great as well. In fact, it’s so great, that I do believe it takes home the win for “Which excited me more?”

It definitely can create crisp, well-exposed shots in low light conditions. And obviously it’s not the lens for selfies, as it will definitely have wide-angle distortion, but nonetheless, here are some shots I took before I left to showcase my newest addition to my camera gear family:

Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 Pro DX II Lens - Canon Mount

Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 Pro DX II Lens - Canon MountTokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 Pro DX II Lens - Canon MountTokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 Pro DX II Lens - Canon Mount
Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 Pro DX II Lens - Canon Mount

Okay, maybe I was just having fun too 😛

With much love and ellipses,

Shanna

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