Back from the Pacific Southwest

posted by on 2009.05.28, under Landscape Photography, Travel Photography
05.28:

Bryce Canyon - Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16mm, Singh-Ray Color Combo, f/18, 1/20, ISO 200

Bryce Canyon - Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16mm, Singh-Ray Color Combo, f/18, 1/20, ISO 200

My brother and I just returned from a Memorial Day weekend photo outing in Southern Utah. From past trips around this time of year, we were expecting the usual weather…hot, dry and sunny during the day and cool at night. Instead, we experienced gray, stormy skies and near constant rain. The sun was seen for only a few rare and fleeting moments during the trip and on each occasion my brother and I scrambled to grab our cameras and capture whatever was being bathed in light. Most of the time, though, the sun was well behind a thunderstorm that was either raining on or threatening to rain on us. It was challenging to find creative ways of capturing the iconic Utah landscape without the low angle sunrise/sunset light that makes it look so stunning. I think I’m glad for the weather we had because we came home with some images that are probably more unique than the many other Utah photos out there. The photo above, however, was taken in one of those few moments where the sun broke through. Stay tuned for more images…