After spending a week in Las Vegas as part of the website support team for Essentials of Emergency Medicine, we (silverorange) went to Zion National Park for the weekend before flying back home. Several hours after hiking out to Canyon Overlook this afternoon, it still amazes me how quickly it went from solid white, can’t see anything, to clear blue skies with grand views. It could have been measured in minutes.
Part of what I remember from my previous visits to the National Parks in the Southwest is how quickly the weather and light changes. With photography, light is everything. And with outdoor nature photography, that light source is only what mother nature presents on any given day. It’s not Zion, but this next series of images shows Monument Valley over a 17 hour period last November.
Below: 5:40pm on November 4th 2011.
Hard shadows from the setting sun being cut by the sandstone buttes behind me.
Below: 6:06pm on November 4th 2011.
30 minutes later after sunset with the complete landscape now in shadow. The darkness being compensated with a much longer exposure.
Below: 8:01am on November 5th 2011.
It rained all night for a wet and dark morning eliminated any possibility of a sunrise.
Below: 9:44am on November 5th 2011.
The sky beings to clear displaying textures and a much brighter dryer landscape.
Below: 10:29am on November 5th 2011.
Clear skies again with deep mid-day blues.
Five very different photographs taken from the same location in less than 24 hours.