The Journey is the Destination, Part 3: Lodging Locations

Campground – Montrose, CO – Fujifilm X-Pro2 – “Kodachrome II” – 7/25/2018

Part 1: Getting Gas Part 2: Time to Eat

I love road trips! Given the choice to drive or fly, I’ll pick drive every time. Unfortunately, when I’m trying to get somewhere by car, I’m often trying to get there, wherever “there” is, and I don’t spend enough time enjoying the in-between. Ralph Waldo Emerson famously stated, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” Dan Eldon shortened it to, “The journey is the destination.” What makes a road trip special is not where you’re going, but the experiences along the way.

This photoessay series is entitled The Journey is the Destination, and includes pictures of those in-between places. Each article in this series will have a different theme. This one is called Lodging Locations, and it features photographs captured at sleep stops while on some adventure somewhere. I’m usually pretty eager to photograph when on road trips, so even moments of rest get the attention of my camera lens.

One challenge with this particular article is that it includes hotels, campgrounds, family houses, and AirBnBs. With such diverse sleeping arrangements, it’s difficult to create a consistent set (not to mention that I used many different film simulation recipes to capture these over several years). Each of the images in the post were captured while at a lodging location of some sort. I don’t like this set as much as the first two, but nonetheless I hope that you find some enjoyment or inspiration from it.


Daisies at the Dock – Big Arm, MT – Fujifilm X100V – “Agfa Vista 100” – 7/8/2020
Boy, Fishing – Big Arm, MT – Fujifilm X100V – “Agfa Vista 100” – 7/8/2020
Hebgen Lakeshore – West Yellowstone, MT – Fujifilm X100F – “Classic Chrome” – 9/17/2017
Playground at the Edge of Nowhere – Island Park, ID – Fujifilm X100V – “The Rockwell” – 7/2/2020
Putting Practice – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X100V – “Color Negative 400” – 3/11/2021
Yellow House & Blue Sky – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Kodak Portra 400 v2” – 3/9/2021
Pigeons Over A Roof – Surprise, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Kodachrome 64” – 11/23/2019
Metal Pool Flowers – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X100V – “Creamy Color” – 3/11/2021
Campfire – Custer City, SD – Fujifilm X-Pro2 – “Dramatic Classic Chrome” (I think) – 5/14/2018
Lakeshore & Dock – Flathead Lake, MT – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodak Portra 400 v2” – 10/11/2020
String of Lightbulbs – Flathead Lake, MT – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodak Portra 400 v2” – 10/12/2020
Hanging Light Bulb – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “LomoChrome Metropolis” – 3/11/2021


Open – Big Arm, MT – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodak Tri-X 400” – 7/7/2020
299 RV Park – Coalville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Acros” – 6/21/2019
Redrum – Williams, AZ – Fujifilm X100F – “Acros” – 3/14/2018
Curtain Abstract – Mesquite, NV – Fujifilm X100V – “Acros Push-Process” – 12/21/2017


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  3. Khürt Williams · June 29, 2021

    Nice series with you travelling with your family. My wife and I wanted to take a road trip to Maine this summer, but it seems that hotel rates have gone through the room. The rates for a Marriot now start at $300/night. In some parts of Maine, a Holiday Inn is $400/night!!!!!!!!


  4. Onno · June 29, 2021

    Love road trips as well! Love the color profiles that you have chosen. I’m curious, Ritchie, how you do this since you use a lot of profiles, whereas you can store only a few: does that mean that you, at least occasionally, “program your profile per shot” (which seems a lot of work), or do you have a set of profiles per camera (two camera’s is 16 profiles :))? Also, how do you remember which profile you shot with; do you write this down after each shot? Again, that would take a lot of work (and discipline!).

    • Ritchie Roesch · June 29, 2021

      I typically have the C1-C7 pre-programmed before a trip, with different recipes on each camera. Generally, at least a few of those are experiments.
      There have been times where I was pretty good at recording which pictures were captured with which recipes, but other times not so much, but I often I include on this website the recipe used, so that helps jog the memory.
      I appreciate your comment!

  5. Serge Tremblay · June 30, 2021

    …It would be great if the recipe used would be part of the exif of the photo. What I do is to put the photos of a single simlation recipe in a specific dossier (folder)

    • Onno · June 30, 2021

      Mm, good idea, thanks! I didn’t even know that was possible.

    • Ritchie Roesch · June 30, 2021

      I agree! Sometimes the EXIF can give clues, but it would be great if the preset name of the C1-C7 that was used was imprinted on the EXIF. A folder for each recipe is a great idea for keeping track, thanks for sharing!

  6. Miguel Tejada-Flores · July 3, 2021

    A great (intelligent, thoughtful, and just plain fun) article, Ritchie!
    Thank you for posting it – and thanks as well for your creative and cool film simulation recipes.
    I recently acquired my first serious Fujifilm camera, a lightly-used X-Pro3 – and the photographer from whom I bought it included a number of your film sims preprogrammed on his Custom Settings menu. One of my best recent images was taken using your American-Graffiti-inspired “Xpro ’62” recipe – so thank you, again!

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 4, 2021

      That’s such a great story! I’m so glad that you like the recipes. I appreciate you kind words. Thank you for the comment!

      • Miguel Tejada-Flores · July 4, 2021

        Actually, a confession. The X-Pro3 isn’t my first Fujifilm camera. The first Fuji I acquired, a few years ago, was a compact X30 – which has become probably my favorite (ever) small sensor compact camera. Previous favorites included a Ricoh GRDIII, and a Lumix LX7, both of which were outstanding small photographic tools. The GRDiii wins the prize for tiny-ness – but the slightly larger sensor of the X30 gave (and gives) it a small but undeniable edge in terms of overall photo IQ, if one can talk semi-objectively of such a thing. The X30 also has that small but truly usable EVF – and in addition to its already excellent Macro mode, an even cooler Super Macro mode. Long story short: I now have two Fujis! and am hoping the 2nd will work as well as the first did 🙂

      • Ritchie Roesch · July 6, 2021

        The Fujifilm X30 is one I’ve considered more than once. I think you’ll love the X-Pro3.

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