Saturday, July 23, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY | Camping in Dixie National Forest, Utah! Part 2! (+ A VIDEO)

 

I'm back from my camping trip! Hopefully you enjoyed the crazy scheduled posts while I was gone. It definitely was a whirlwind, creating all those posts ahead of time and scrambling to find service while camping to make sure they were posted. I love posting on this blog, I really do enjoy it more and more every day. I'm slowly but surely finding my flow and my voice.

Anyway, here I am as promised with a part 2 to my first Dixie National Forest Travel Diary! Honestly, I visit Dixie National Forest a lot, it's right up the canyon from my college so I basically live there for most of the year. However, every trip is a new adventure! This trip, I focused on filming my experience and I worked all yesterday to make a video and upload it! It is definitely not the best video ever, but it is special to me and I'm proud that I was able to try something new. I'm starting out this post with the video, and below the video I'll have pictures as usual. Please check out the video, it would mean a lot to me!


I definitely have a new respect for people who film videos as a job! This was my first time ever filming and editing a video, and believe me, there is a lot wrong with it. A lot of my shots are very wobbly or fast or angled wrong so they cut off someone's head. Also, some of the editing messed up while downloading, one of the opening shots cuts to a weird green shot. I'm still learning, and I promise I will get better with more practice. So please stick around and hopefully you enjoy the imperfections! Now keep reading for more pictures and info about my trip!

We went on a few hikes on the day I happened to be wearing flip flops! One of the hikes was through a creek in a tunnel, so that was okay to be wearing flip flops, but the other one was an uphill hike to a cliff! I was really proud of my flip flops, I've had them for about four years and they still held up to the test. 

Another day, we went on a hike to highest peek near our campground. I told Noah that under no circumstances would I hike all that way uphill. I love hiking but I hate uphill hiking. I'm more of a flat terrain kinda girl. But of course, I made it to the top anyway, and after that hike we went to the lake to cool down from what was a very sweaty hike! Also, can we talk about this field of wildflowers?! There's something called a wildflower festival that happens every year apparently, but this is the first year I've ever known about it! I went crazy with the pictures, and it took everything in me to not fill this post with only pictures of the yellow flowers. However, if you do want to see more pictures of the wildflowers, check out the video above or my instagram!

Isn't that view beautiful? I will never get tired of it.

If you haven't already, scroll up and watch the video I made for this travel diary! Let me know how you feel about the video, maybe even some constructive criticism! I know most of the things I should be working on (and am working on), but it can't hurt to point out something that could be better. I love all constructive criticism and comments. I want to start doing a travel diary video for every trip I go on, so let me know if that's something you would be interested in!

This was such a fun trip and I'm so glad I got to share it with my boyfriend and my family! I can't wait for next year.

Have you ever been to Dixie National Forest, Utah, or anywhere else in Utah? Do you like camping and hiking? Let me know in the comments, I love your feedback!

Thanks for reading! Check back every Wednesday and Saturday at 4pm PDT for a new post!

-Rebecca

 

4 comments:

  1. Dixie National Forest looks like a dream for camping. Looks like you were able to see so many beautiful sites. That cave is so neat at the view from your hike is stunning!

    xoxo
    Rina
    http://www.andshedressed.com

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    1. It really is a dream! Thanks so much for your comment!

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  2. Looks like such a fun and relaxing time!! Cute video btw! As far as feedback goes.... I'm not sure if you're using a DSLR to film, but if you are, try messing around with the focus. Start off with your subject blurred, and then slowly focus in on it. It creates a really cool fade in affect. Also film is similar to photography. Always remember the elements and principles of design. One really important aspect to remember is the rule of thirds. I think if you remember this, you'll see that your aesthetics will be wonderful! But other than stabilizing the camera from shakes, just keep practicing. You'll get the hang of it. It'll be a great way to have memories of your trips. If you want inspiration, aspyn&Parker on youtube have AMAZING Travel Diaries.

    -Kate
    http://katekoutures.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for your honest feedback, Kate! I'm actually just using my iPhone for now since I'm just getting into it, so definitely not the ideal device! I'm definitely going to try to keep those principles in mind next time I'm filming, it's so weird to think you're filming well and then look back and realize it doesn't look anything like you thought. Also, I love A&P's travel diaries, they are amazing!

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