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Darren Neupert

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Milky Way over Bryce Canyon at Sunset Point.  Just keeping it simple.
 
The Event Horizon | Bryce Canyon, Utah

I find elegance in simplicity.  No light painting needed or wanted.  Just look to the sky.  Wow...
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Darren Neupert

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Grand View Storm | Canyonlands, Utah

I captured these photons just after the rain let up.  What a crazy morning.  I got up to shoot the Mesa Arch but that notion quickly dissolved with the rain and clouds.  I had the park almost entirely to myself with the exception of one old rusty and beaten down camper that kept racing at 90 MPH from viewpoint to viewpoint.  Picture, if you will, Clark Griswold's cousin Eddie and his dog Snot racing up and down the park roads.

About the photo:  Taken from the Grand View Point Overlook in Canyonlands, you can see Monument Basin in the foreground with the Abajo Mountains off in the distance.  The roads on the right are old mining roads from when this area was mined for Uranium.  White Rim road can be seen in the foreground.  Feel like a drive?  Well, you best schedule two days for it because this is a 100 mile long road.

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Darren Neupert

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Fire and Ice - Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ

I thought I would go for a square crop this time.  I'm starting to like the format more and more.  Shot in lower antelope canyon in June of this year.
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+MiKE F. Actually, the flow in lower goes both ways now.  I entered this time through the back entrance with two groups of people -- 4 and 5 each.  I exited through the narrow slot in the rock... and got stuck with my backpack full of gear.  Perfect.  I do plan trying to do the wave through I hear the hike is only granted through a lottery.  So, cross my fingers.  I have yet to do any other canyon but I plan on doing canyon X and maybe peach canyon.  I have social media access to my antelope guide and she's pretty knowledgeable about the area.  You should check out TripAdvisor if you're looking for reviews too.
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Dreamcatcher || False Kiva, Canyonlands, UT

Now here's an interesting hike for anyone visiting Canyonlands near Moab, Utah.  This is one of my most dreaded but yet exhilarating hikes to go it alone.  People that know me well understand I have issues with my left hip and lower back.  So, while this hike may be "difficult" for some it's more like seriously strenuous for me.  But, in the end the pain is worth it.
On this particular day, I had the entire view all to myself.  I took off my boots and just relaxed on this huge boulder while taking in the scenery.  What really took me by surprise was the green color coming from the valley.  It had been raining and the canyon looked like it was coming to life.

About the shot...

I manually blended a handful of bracketed exposures and then added a custom vignette to highlight the Kiva.  Sharpening was done in LAB mode for a change of pace.

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Darren Neupert

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Garden of Stone || Bryce Canyon, UT

Taken last month as I walked the Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon, Utah. What a stunning view.  This is a small sample of a larger image that I will share soon.  I swear, there is no better lens to shoot Bryce Canyon than the Nikkor 70-200/2.8 for capturing the fine details.
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Hall of the Giants | Bryce Canyon, Navajo Loop Trail

This was an unexpected surprise.  I was just finishing up my first hike on the Navajo Loop Trail when I came upon these monster trees.  They were huge and I don't think the photo does them justice.  I'd say maybe 70-85 ft tall but I'm not so good at judging height.  It took my widest lens to get it all in.  (Nikkor 14-24 2.8)  I liked how the golden sunrise bounced around and down into the canyon.
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Darren Neupert

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The Tower of Babel II - Arches National Park, UT

This image was taken following some crazy rain in Arches NP.  Not something you see too often.  I thought the clouds were so impressive and so I composed this shot with plenty-o-clouds to go around.  You have to step a bit off the trail to get this shot.  Always be mindful of where you step in Arches NP.  The cryptobiotic (living) soil is extremely fragile and can literally take up to 250 years to regenerate.  I was careful to walk in a wash at the side of the road where there was clearly no crypto soil.

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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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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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Thank you so much...you are very kind but I know...I must improve!!! Anyway I booked there six months before and I am not joking!
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Earth, Wind, and Fire | East of The Grand Canyon

Captured back in August of 2011 with my very first DSLR ever, the Sony Alpha 100!, This was undoubtedly one of the craziest storms I have ever experienced.  I had just finished shooting the GC and was headed back to my hotel when this appeared.  The falling sheet of water on the left was mesmerizing.  The colors in the sky ranged from painful to almost pure black.  Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore.  Processed using +ON1 's Perfect Effects Suite 9.
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Whispering Wind | Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ

If these walls could talk. Imagine the story they can tell. Of generations past and a forgotten time.

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Russ Bishop

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Evening light on Cliff Palace Ruins, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

The cliff dwellings of the American southwest are the most spectacular ruins north of Mexico. The Anasazi (or “ancient ones” as the modern Navajo call them) were the prehistoric pueblo culture that thrived in the Four Corners region of the United States between 900 and 1200 A.D. before their mysterious disappearance.

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Indian Chief || Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ

Here's an interesting formation.  They call this one the "Indian Chief".  His head is facing to the right with the formal Indian headdress flowing to the left.  Can you see it?  His eye and nose are just below the lightest part of the image.  My guide pointed this feature out to our small group.  I actually returned from my trip and, for the life of me, could not find this photo.  That is, until yesterday when going through my collection.  It just popped out at me as I was staring at the center of the image.  Whew... but not like a drive back to Page is out of the question!

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Two years ago...I was there...magical place! 
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Switchbacks || Bryce Canyon, UT

This image was taken on my last morning in Bryce Canyon.  I was up at 2:30 AM to shoot the Milky Way from Sunset Point.  As the sun rose over the canyon, I decided to see what the Navajo Loop trail was all about.  This is what I saw that morning as the switchbacks descended into the canyon.

You get out what you put in
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Darren Neupert

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Eternal Flame - Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ

Folks, this is as close to SOOC as you're ever going to get from me.  I almost posted this SOOC but, since I shoot RAW, I thought I needed to sharpen it up, back off the highlights a bit and increase the contrast just a smidge.  I love how the rock formation appears to be a candle flame.  And, just think, all those lines and striations in the rock are created by rushing water and sand during a flood.  Our guide told us there is only one bad F word in the Navajo language and that is "Flood".  If my memory serves me correctly, the word is waleche. (wah-lay-chay)  She said, if you hear that word, run.  Duly noted.

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+Carl Spencer thank you for the tip!  I had very little time in Page and so multiple tours was out of the question.  Next time I will try and find more time to spend in Page.  I most definitely want to see other canyon systems other than Antelope.  I hear canyon X and peach canyon are pretty nice and mostly empty of tourists.  I'll add your suggestion to the list!
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Cascades, Coyote Gulch Utah

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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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Steve Wiggins

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"Lost"
This capture was in Goblin Valley in the spring of 2015.
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