Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mesa Arch at Night

Mesa Arch is one of the premier photo destinations in Utah and certainly in Canyonlands National Park. The arch hangs right on the edge of a 1500' cliff and faces east. The arch is famous for the orange glow it gets at sunrise on a clear day. It draws the photographers in thick. One morning we had better than 40 people jockeying for tripod positions. I wanted to try something a little different and I also wanted to stake my spot for sunrise, so one morning I got to the arch about 5am.

I had the whole thing to myself for at least an hour and a half. I made several night images of the stars. I painted the arch with light. I got my spot picked out. And all without the hassle of 40 other people.

Here is one of my favorite from that morning. The stars above the arch and the arch painted with light.

BTW- I went back the next night and got a great self portrait standing on the arch in the dark. See that on my Wilderness Photographer Blog.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sunset Rain

At Grandivew Point in Canyonlands NP there is a trail that wanders for about a mile over the slickrock to the very tip of the mesa where one can stare across the Green and Colorado River canyons. I made that hike in late light as rain showers were building over the Green River. I made it to a view point right as the sun was about to pop out from under the rain. I raced to get the tripod up and camera focused. I made one image.

Then I quickly made this snap and went back to put a couple more sheets through the 4x5. And just like that the sun was gone.

The rain and the light put on a show. I was changing lenses and making images with both cameras. The glow of sunlight behind the distant rain was great. I made images for another twenty minutes until it looked like the best light was gone. So with everyone else long gone I packed up. I started walking back but I kept turning around. And stopping. And making more images. By the time I got back to the truck it was way dark.

When I was able to review the images as I downloaded them I found several very nice ones. I cannot wait to see what the chromes look like.

Wow, what an afternoon.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Back from a week in Utah. Got to see some great red rock country.
Here is the view from Grandview Point at the very end of the road in Canyonlands National Park.
Out there in that maze of pinnacles, cliffs, and canyons is the mighty Colorado River. I am on the Island in the Sky plateau looking down on the wonders of the park. The edge in front of me is 1500' straight down.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fall Color Bound

I am off to Utah and the red rock country. I also hope to see some of the fall color of the La Sal Mountains. The aspens of the west got me to looking through last fall's Colorado trip and that led me to this image. Here is some of the fall color of southwest Colorado as a way to think about the fall color of southeast Utah.

Red rock country-here I come!