Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Road Trip!!! First Photo Day...Zion National Park!

This trip was my first attempt at shooting
the gorgeous canyons of Zion and the Grand Canyon!

That said...OMG!!!
These canyons are sooooooo hard to photograph!!!

One of my very first "test" shots...when I imported them to 
Lightroom, the first 4 were totally black...
this was the 4th one!!!
Thanks to LR tweaks...I managed to resurrect this enough
for online pics!!! comes the first challenge...
totally bright was in the mid-late afternoon...
but still harsh light...

I loved the trees against the rock formation!
Again, very challenging as the camera was hand held...
lens was not a long telephoto...
and I cropped the bejeezus out of this to get what I wanted. 

Second and biggest challenge...
shooting extreme shadows against bright light! my original import, the shadows are practically black...
the brightly lit mountain, practically white...

Darned shadows and light!

I found the contrail rather comical!
Here you get a feel for the dark shadow/bright light challenges.

The shadows grew darker fast in the late afternoon.

...and yet...that bright sunlight stayed soooo bright!

I was very intrigued by these single trees springing 
up on the side of these austere canyon walls...

I think this is my favorite shot!

Challenge number three...
balancing the contrast between the bright light and deep shadows, 
without affecting the sky...

We were only in Zion for the afternoon...
our stop for the night was in Kanab Utah.
This was the sunset we got to watch while washing away the dust
with a cocktail at our B&B!!!

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  1. Of all few places I have visited on this earth, Zion is, by far, my favorite place. You need to go back and spend more time. And Bryce is only a 1.5 hour drive, another 'must see'

    1. Yep... I realized we didn't give ourselves enough time for this one, and Bryce is also one I'd like to see...Hope you're doing well Woody!

  2. Such spectacular shots! You did good!

  3. I visited Zion three years ago and it was fabulous! Nice shots!

    1. you know the difficulties in photography there!!!

  4. Replies
    1. Thank you Petrea!!! Dan actually got some great shots with his iPhone!!!

  5. I remember the works of Ansel Adams.
    Your shots are the similar as them (at Yosemite Valley). :)

    1. Well thank you ShiroYuki! That's an amazing compliment!

  6. Nice shots - I think its always hard to photograph things which are so big - scale is a challenge at all time I think.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  7. Despite the challenges you captured a wonderful series of images Kath, nice work ✨


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