Bryce Canyon National Park

What a busy month. After returning on Nov 15th, it has been three weeks of little to no photography. My days, evenings, sometimes nights have been mostly occupied with design and post processing behind a desk. Add the quickly approaching holiday season and if feels like time has completely disappeared.

In fact, the only time the camera has left the house was for a college football championship that I was asked to cover – which I gladly did. Next to landscapes and nature – sports photography is just as exciting and challenging. Both styles has that feel of a hunt for a perfect frame with no second chances. Here are 55 images from the game on Facebook. Congrats to our local team.

A land of photographers and tripods.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Today’s Image – Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is a land of hoodoos – several tall, thin spire rock formations. While preparing for this trip, I was warned several times that not only was I heading towards top tourist destinations but also top destinations for photographers. While prepared for the typical everyone has a camera in today’s world situation, I was still shocked at the numbers. I am use to being alone until 7am or later and even this close to winter, it felt like every hiker in Zion National Park was carrying a tripod. In Bryce, the trails were lined with tripods all pointing in the same direction. When I arrived about an hour before sunrise, it felt like I was late to some party. I had also stumbled into several workshops on 3 different days.

I have now shared 26 images from my American Southwest trip but still only scratching the survace of what might be good enough to share. There will be many more to come. See them all on Facebook.

American Southwest

It has been fairly quiet around here. I rebrand and launch a new focused on light weblog and then disappeared on an extended 25 day trip through the Southwest United States. I had every intention of staying online and keeping up but that failed miserably. However, I’m now home and ready to play catch up.

Last summer I traveled the Canadian Rockies so this trip was designed specifically to build a portfolio of the USA landscape. It may take a lifetime to generate a portfolio of fantastic images but my hope was to come home with at least 20 good photographs.

Mentioned already on the social media circle, this 25 day trip consisted of 4 States, 3 Timezones, 6 Airports, 8 Flights, 3 Rental Cars, 4400km driven, 5 National Parks, 2 Reservations, 11 Hotels, Temperatures from -15 to +26C and now 135GB of files to sort. On an unrelated note, I’m pleased to say that free internet was available everywhere.

As a first time visit, I hit all the well known and often photographed hot spots. I plan on taking my time at sorting through the good, bad and ugly and will occasionally post photos over the next little while.

Navajo Nation Reservation

Today’s Image – Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Vally (Wiki Article) is mostly known for three sandstone buttes standing as tall as 1000 feet from the valley floor. The elders of the Navajo continue to live on these lands without many of the items like running water that we take for granted. This view shot from the “photographers platform” is a very common shot so weather, light and season is all we really have to be different. As the sun was setting and the shadows quickly moved across the scene, I tried several settings (72 to be exact) over the span of 2 hours and eventually settled with this one after the sun had set evenly covering the valley in shadow. Using a polarizer, 6 stop neutral density and a 5 stop split grad, I created this 62 second exposure to build as much movement and blur in the sky but still maintain some cloud identity.