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Darren Neupert

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Learn to Fly - Canyonlands, UT

I remember this morning well.  I had hiked to the Delicate Arch the previous evening for the sunset and the plan was to wake up early and get out to Mesa Arch for the sunrise.  Mother Nature had other plans.  I awoke to rainfall and stormy skies instead.  But, knowing full well how weather can change, I hopped into the Pathfinder and headed out into Canyonlands from my hotel in Moab.  Along the entire drive I had nothing but rain... torrential rain.  Photographing the Mesa Arch sunrise was obviously not in the cards.  Instead, I had the entire park virtually all to myself and I was able to spend the morning photographing the most awesome weather and storm clouds I have ever seen.  I knew there was something for me that morning.  There's always something to photograph whether the sun is out or not.  I must say, it was a rather bizaar feeling having absolutely nobody around for what seemed like hours as I drove around in Canyonlands.  The best time of day for photography and nobody is there.  Awesome sauce.

Moral of the story is to get out there and shoot even in stormy weather.

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Darren Neupert

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The Totem Pole - Monument Valley

I was anxious to finally see this formation in person now that I finally had a chance to drive around the valley.  I was not disappointed.  There are a couple of viewing points for The Totem Pole and both provide stunning views.  I loved how the morning sun turned the red sand into a flowing sea of light.

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Darren Neupert

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Grand Cloudage

I confess, I am finding it somewhat difficult to photograph The Grand Canyon.  Why?  Because it's so bloody huge and such a vast expanse.  I often find it easier to use my 70-200mm lens and find details that way.  But, as I drove through the canyon on this hot summer day I noticed cloud formation dumping rain off in the distance.  I thought the clouds were stunning and magnificent.  Hope you like them as well.
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Darren Neupert

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Monumental Rainfall

A huge rain storm pass over Monument Valley on the border of Utah and Arizona.  I stayed in Kayenta and drove the 20 some odd miles to MV on this evening in the most torrential rain I have ever witnessed.  I'm from the Seattle area and so I know rain... I know it well.  But, this rain was enough to make people pull over.  Flash flooding covered the road behind me.  Perfect.  I captured this image just as the storm pass over the mittens.  The following morning I returned to drive down into the valley and photograph everything I could find.  That was almost two weeks ago and the red mud is still splashed along the sides of my Pathfinder.  Awesome sauce.

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+Steve Wiggins than you sir!  It was a crazy evening for sure.  I wish I you could have seen the rain I dodged and then the waiting in the truck for the rain to pass.  It was all worth it though.  I'd do it again at the drop of a hat.
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Great shot!  I am visiting Valley of Fire in February!
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Sunrise on Turret Arch, through Windows Arch - Arches Ntl Park, Utah
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From the trip at the start of this year.  Wonderful warm morning sunlight breaking through.  I can’t say that the composition is original, though.  When you visit this location, you can climb around to the side opposite of the window where there is a spot that pretty much only one tripod will fit.  I’m sure if the surface wasn’t rock, I’d be putting my tripod in the same post holes as many who have come before me.

Photo Notes: Five frame HDR set, blended back into original photo with HDR image opacity reduced to 60%.  Area through the window used a virtual copy of the original photo that was adjusted a little differently, and then also blended with the HDR image opacity at 30%.


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Darren Neupert

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Lady in the Wind - Lower Antelope Canyon

I had a great time photographing Lower Antelope Canyon this year.  Oddly enough, my guide (Quintana Tso) encourage bracketing whereas two years ago it was frowned upon.  Hmmm...  If you're ever in Page, Arizona and want a photographer's tour of Lower Antelope be sure and ask for Quintana at Dixie Ellis' tour company.

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Darren Neupert

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Monument Valley - The North Window

Here's a sight that is probably not shown too often.  I decided to get my Pathfinder muddy and take a drive down into the valley and drive around the monuments.  The last time I tried this the road was closed and I was only able to get as far as the entrance to John Ford Point.  I was actually surprised it was open this time, as there was torrential rainfall the previous evening and one of the dirt roads was partially washed away.  It's hard to go wrong when photographing things down in the valley.  It's like a wonderland for adults and especially adults with cameras.  Last, I always try my level best to geo locate my images.  So, if you ever wonder exactly where I was standing to take the shot, please look at the details in the menu off to the right when viewing a photo.

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This is framed nicely.
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"Lost"
This capture was in Goblin Valley in the spring of 2015.
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Darren Neupert

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Bryce Canyon at Sunrise

It's good to be finally home.  The road trip was spectacular and I came home with maybe 140 GB of images not including all my GoPro video.

Bryce Canyon has to be among my top 3 favorite canyons in Utah.  I visited Zion for the first time on a recommendation and I must say it was breathtakingly beautiful and especially during sunrise.

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This shot was taken in the Anza-Borrego "Badlands". 
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Cody Edwards

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This view of the Grand Canyon comes from the east side near its beginning. I love the contrast of the snow on the rim vs. the barren landscape of the canyon below. The snow is so smooth and soft vs. the harsh details of the canyon wall. Such an awesome place to visit and photograph!
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Zion Maples from last fall.

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