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Vapor Visuals: San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Hey there vape fans! This week we took a trip to the San Tan Mountain Regional Park for some good old vapor visuals hiking. The San Tan park consists of over 10,000 acres with a wide variety of changing vegetation, from creosote flats to dense saguaro forest. While out hiking I also caught a glimpse of some wildlife. Mostly small birds, but there were a few varmints scuttling around too.  But without further delay, here is a map to the park and away we go!    

Goldmine

We started off onto Goldmine Trail.

The destination...a 6 mile hike to the top of Goldmine mountain and a view of the valley.

The destination…a 6 mile hike to the top of Goldmine Mountain and a view of the valley.

tree

At the beginning, we were met with an ominous sign,

That did not slow the progress of this vaper!

but that didn’t slow down the progress of this vaper!

It didn't take too long to reach the 2,027 feet peak

It didn’t take too long to reach the 2,027 foot peak.

Each direction you turned, was like seeing a brand new landsacape

Each direction you turned offered the view of a brand new landscape.

A lot of the time it felt like a different world.

A lot of the time it felt like a different world.

Sometimes like Mars, sometimes it felt like Middle Earth.

Sometimes it felt like Mars, sometimes it felt like Middle Earth.

But all of it was beautiful!

All of it was beautiful!

After descending the mountain, I decided I hadn't quite had enough fun yet, so I decided to take the long way home.

After descending the mountain, I decided I hadn’t quite had enough fun yet so I decided to take the long way home.

This decision turned up a small oasis

This decision turned up a small oasis.

However, the long way ended up adding an extra 10 miles to my already 6 mile hike.

However, the long way ended up adding an extra 10 miles to my already 6 mile hike.

Remember vape fans, anytime you go out on a hike always remember to bring lots of water. Especially if you want to enjoy a few hits from your mod.

Remember vape fans, anytime you go out on a hike always bring lots of water. Especially if you want to enjoy a few hits from your mod.

If you look closely, you can see the results of a hiker who forgot his water bottle. Now, he forever stands whit his hand to the heavens begging for rain! Or it could just be a really cool cactus.

If you look closely, you can see the results of a hiker who forgot his water bottle. Now, he forever stands with his hands to the heavens begging for rain! Or it could just be a really cool cactus.

But for thous that do forget, the park rangers are there for you in a pinch. Though it's really more for those on horseback.

But for those that do forget, the park rangers are there for you in a pinch. Though it’s really more for those on horseback.

The San Tan park is also great for anyone who enjoys mountain biking!

The San Tan park is also great for anyone who enjoys mountain biking!

After spending most my day hiking around, I finally came full circle back to civilization.

After spending most of my day hiking around, I finally came full circle back to civilization.

All in all, the San Tan park was a lot of fun and a great trip for any age. With multiple trails ranging in difficulty. I would highly recommend exploring if you ever get a chance.

All in all, the San Tan park was a lot of fun and a great trip for any age. With multiple trails ranging in difficulty. I would highly recommend exploring this area if you ever get a chance.

Well vape fans, we hope you enjoyed this weeks installment of Vapor Visuals. For many of us, vaping has opened up new opportunities in our life. I for one am seizing the day and bringing you all along for the ride. Be sure to check out our home page to get yourself stocked up on juice for your next adventure. Don’t forget to follow us on all your favorite social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest) to stay up to date on everything vape related.
I’ll see you next week, Vape Fans!

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Andrew Figgs
 

Photography Major from Western Washington University . I joined MBV back in December 2014 and am happy to be working in an industry focused on helping others.

  • Molly says:

    BEAUTIFUL photos. Love AZ.

  • D. Stewarts says:

    i love your photography as we i have been seeing here on the MBV-blog.. am highly interested in some of Your methods be it filters or f-stop settings etc.. and no crime but do you enhance or modify these photogs or are they straight from your camera/s and What are they (nikon-canon-sony and lens type also ?etc) as we see the vertical panoramic and the ‘regular’ frame type as well.. me i’m 1/2 century in this world and find that film cameras i used long ago have become (i think) passe and am really bummed my “ancient” canon powershot A-60 which i thought was a great pocket stand-alone camera is ‘toast’ a small number of years back.. i know i could be a decent shutterbug but Not on your Level and need to know because eventually i will get a decent camera – nothing super fancy as i have had the ‘freakiest’ of luck some times – my A-60 actually ‘hit-the-ground’ a time or two and still worked and my phone a bunch of times and my e-book reader once or twice so far and thats me as a ‘klutz’ LOL.. i think you are excellent and want to see more of Your work in the future.. Thnx MBVcrew – D.S. -vaping-on

    • Andrew Figgs says:

      Thank you D.S. for your kind words and praise. It is always great to hear from customers and fans!
      So you wanted to know about some of my methods, and I am happy to share with you 🙂
      To start with, I am using a Canon EOS 60D, and I switch between a few lenses depending on the shot, but one of my favorite lenses is a 18-55mm lens. I keep a UV filter on all my lenses to help protect the glass on my lenses so if they get scratched, all I have to do is get a new filter instead of a new lens. When I shoot I always make sure to bracket shoot. That is, I take three photos of the same object with one shot over exposed by 2 f/stops, one under exposed by 2 stops, and one neutral. This gives me a lot of room to play around with when editing. That brings us to the next part, yes, I do edit and enhance my photos, but I try to do as much editing in camera before moving to Photoshop and or Lightroom. I am a big fan of HDR photos, that is High Dynamic Range photography. It can be over done, but if you are subtle with the editing then it makes for a wonderful eye catching piece of art. Basically, I take the highlights from the over exposed and the shadows of the under exposed shots then layer them on top of the neutral shoot allowing me to create an almost hyper real photograph (I hope all this makes sense). Other times I will try to pull more colors or mute some colors to get the image in my head to match with what the camera saw. If you have ever worked with color film, it’s sort of like that process. Also, I will probably forever use dodging and burning as a tool as well when editing.
      As for being 1/2 in this century, I have to say that I do enjoy shooting on film. I have a Pentax K1000 and an old Brownie and a bunch of people I know still love the Holga camera. However, with the amount of photos that I take for work it’s just impractical for me to shoot on film. My recommendation for you if you are wanting to get more into photography would be to get a Canon Rebel. They are a relatively affordable DSLR camera and take good shots.
      I hope this helped you out and if you have any other questions feel free to comment on the blogs and I’ll get back to you! Remember, a camera is just a tool to be used. The real art comes from you, so just keep getting out there and taking photos!
      -Figgs

  • Evan says:

    WOW some more great photos!! Amazing landscape! I love the photo of the tree! EPIC!!! 🙂

  • Danielle DeMasi says:

    I love your blogs! These pics from San Tan Mountain Regional Park are unbelievable- I’m speechless.. Gorgeous! Thank you again for sharing!

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