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QT Luong
Works at pro travel/nature photographer, Terra Galleria
Attended PhD University of Paris, ENS, X
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Photoshop is my last resort option to remove people from landscapes. At least, there is a way which doesn’t require too much cloning work. Read about that technique in "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people": http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY
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+QT Luong Ah yes, my bad, I did not actually read your blog post.  Good info about getting into the narrows while avoiding people.  I'm going to do that hike next time I visit.  I was able to remove people using the statistics technique with maybe a half dozen photos or so while at the delicate arch in arches NP.
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Zion Narrows too crowded for photographs ? When there is an almost continuous stream of hikers in the middle of the stream, photograph only one side of the canyon! "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people": http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY
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Great article! Going to visit Zion later this year and your tips will come in handy. Thanks.
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Despite being only 0.5 miles from the Orderville Junction in the Zion Narrows, the hiking traffic at Imlay Rock was considerably quieter.

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Wonderful image!
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On my way into Hidden Canyon in Zion, I found this delightful arch, but it was partly sunlit. I photographed it on my way back, when the sun didn't reach directly into the canyon bottom. The soft glow of light, reflected off the canyon walls, filled shadows with a warm color. Read more about this hiking location here: http://qtl.us/1f7J9Hc
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I love that place! A magical find on a beautiful hike! great shot!
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In the heart of Zion, Hidden and Echo canyons give you a good taste of the varied off-trail adventures to be had in Zion’s backcountry, as you explore a lush hanging canyon and a narrow slot, easy enough for hiking, but wild enough to feel out of the beaten path:  qtl.us/1f7J9Hc
In the heart of Zion, Hidden and Echo canyons give you a good taste of the varied off-trail adventures to be had in Zion's backcountry, as you explore a lush hanging canyon and a narrow slot, easy enough for hiking, but wild enough to feel out of the beaten path. Unlike the previously described ...
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beautiful canyon. loved your series of shots on the website. L)
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Lava Point, highest elevation in Zion (8,000+ ft), offers a unusual, although distant view of Zion’s domes. From there, with the view encompassing endless flat plateaus, you get a sense of how unique the Zion canyons are. The telephoto (up to 400mm) was useful, but I had to try many frames to get a sharp one due to a breeze.

from: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.zion.html
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If people in the scene are moving, they will not register in an exposure which is much longer than the time they stayed in the scene.

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Hiking back in the Zion Narrows at 6:45pm, I was rewarded by the experience of having the whole canyon from Imlay Rock to the trailhead to myself. I didn’t see a single other person, even at the popular Mystery Falls. From "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people": http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY
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The Zion Narrows are amongst the most unique hikes in America. 
The downside of accessibility and awesomeness is popularity.  For photography, this is a problem, because the canyon is the “trail”. Yet, on a summer visit, I was able to make photographs without people in them, and even find some measure of solitude. Here are five ways to do so: http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY
The Zion Narrows are amongst the most unique hikes in America. For details, refer to my post: National Parks Photo Spot #10: Zion Narrows (whole series here). The downside of accessibility and awesomeness is popularity. Compared to the canyons mentioned in the previous posts, the Zion Narrows ...
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Echo Canyon is a narrow slot, which is little known although you can walk right away into it from the Observation Point Trail - in dry conditions: http://qtl.us/1f7J9Hc
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Hidden Canyon in Zion is full of beautiful small details, such as those surprisingly lush walls with hanging ferns and wildflowers. Read more about this hiking location here: http://qtl.us/1f7J9Hc
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Even when Zion Canyon is crowded, the Kolob Terrace Road remains deserted. There is much more than the Subway trailhead. The scenery along the way is not only spectacular, it is also at places quite different from the main areas. 

from: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.zion.html
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I've been to Zion about 10 times in my life. I never visited this area till last year. It's amazing how much beautiful scenery goes unnoticed outside the main canyon. 
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full-time travel & nature photographer. 1st to shoot all 59 US National Parks
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I celebrate the splendor and variety of the natural and human heritage through my photography.  Favoring clarity and truthfulness, I seek to convey the emotions and the sense of connection that I experienced in some of the most beautiful corners of the earth, with the hope that aesthetic appreciation will lift our soul and eventually lead to awareness and respect for our planet and its inhabitants.

I am known for being the first to  photograph each of the 59 US National Parks and also for my website http://www.terragalleria.com with more than 30,000 images from around the world  - one of the most visited of all individual photographer's websites (~ 500,000 monthly visits). Print sales and image licensing from that website are the sole source of income for our family. 

My photographs have been published in more than 30 countries, in every possible media, and in two large photo books under my name: "Beautiful North America" (2007) and "Spectacular Yosemite" (2011). They have been the subject of museum and gallery solo exhibits on both US coasts. I have been profiled in more than a dozen press articles (eg, Boston Globe, National Geographic Explorer, Parks Magazine, Outdoor Photographer), and featured as a character in Ken Burn's film "The National Parks, America's Best Idea" (2009).
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Father of two, co-winner of first Koenderink prize for fundamental contributions to computer vision, climbed solo Mt Mc Kinley and four Italian Mont Blanc routes, first ascent of a V-6 frozen waterfall
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