Antelope Canyon on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona is arguably one of the finest slot canyons in the American southwest, and certainly one of the most photographed. Although beautiful to witness with the naked eye, these jewels of the desert really shine when a long exposure reveals the light and color ...
It's amazing to think that until the original Navajo Bridge opened in 1929, crossing by boat at Lee's Ferry was the only reliable means across the Colorado River for hundreds of miles through Arizona and Utah.
The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Paria-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona USA
The petrified sand dunes of the Paria Wave are one of the world's great natural wonders. This remote canyon on the border of Utah and Arizona is a visual feast and one of the highlights of the American Southwest. My first visit in the early 90s didn't require a permit, and I had trouble even finding it with the crude GPS of the day!
Over the years the popularity of the Wave has grown exponentially though and in order limit the impact on this delicate area a permit by lottery is now required to visit. Issued by the local BLM office, it provides everything from GPS coordinates to photos along the way (yet people still get lost each year, a reminder that this is wilderness and to come prepared). Once you arrive however, the planning and effort fade away and are quickly replaced with awe as a millenium of light and form spread out beneath your feet.
Sunrise on Turret Arch, through Windows Arch - Arches Ntl Park, Utah Best Viewed Large 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%.
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! Elevation: 7,477 feet f/13.0, 1/160 sec., 23.0 mm, ISO 100 Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC 2014, Color Efex Pro 4
Canyon View - Canyonlands National Park - Utah Best Viewed Large Taken from the trip at the beginning of the year. A cold, but luckily windless, morning at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. The morning initially started out pretty hazy, with the canyon filled with clouds. As the fog lifted, it revealed this scene. For those familiar with the area, the rock in the foreground on the left is the beginning of the right side of Mesa Arch.
Photo Notes: Two frames focus stacked in Photoshop. One, one for the distant view the other to bring the detail to the rocks in the foreground.