Colorado National Monument sunset

April 29, 2009

Hi folks,

Yet another one from my lengthy trip. I’m almost done catching up with the processing! Here’s one I shot from the Colorado National Monument, near Grand Junction, CO. I got up there just as a snowstorm was moving out, and was treated to this wonderful view at sunset.

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Snaux above Faux Falls

April 26, 2009

This image was taken upstream of Faux Falls, easily my favorite place inside the Moab Valley. It had snowed a few inches, so I figured it’d make for some interesting photographs. This image is a double processed and blended RAW file. I’ve been feeling like my processing hasn’t been very good lately, so I’m trying to step that up a bit.

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Delicate Arch, re-processed, AGAIN!

April 24, 2009

Hey everybody,

Yet another from Moab, Utah in Arches National Park. Delicate Arch is quite the iconic image, but I’m happy because I feel like I got something a little different. I think this is the third or fourth time I processed this, but I’m happy with it now. Gotta love it when light peeks through dark storm clouds!

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Canyonlands Dreamscape

April 21, 2009

From Canyonlands National Park this past December. I was lucky to find the Island in the Sky district like this; seeming as if it truly was an island in the sky! Bret and I had a heck of a time shooting for a few hours while these conditions stuck around.

On a different note… Spring is finally beginning to hit my home area and I can’t be more excited. I’m heading out this week for a few days of backpacking on the Appalachian Trail without the camera gear, and hope to hit it hard when I get back!

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Back home from FL

April 17, 2009

Well,

I’ve been back home now for a few days, and I have a couple thousand more images to go through now! I’m going to be doing it in a loosely chronological order. For that reason, I’m still working through this past December!

Here are two more from the amazing Death Valley.

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This one was from Zabriskie Point, and was taken about twenty minutes before sunrise. I just loved the thousands of compositional options with using a longer lens here.

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This second one is from Zabriskie as well, but on my last day in the park. I thought the clouds were interesting that afternoon, so I shot from a few overlooks. I’m not very proficient with black and white, and I have no problem admitting it. If you have any feedback regarding this one I’d love it.
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Sunset from Dante’s View, Death Valley National Park, California

April 2, 2009

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Bryce Canyon Sunset

March 26, 2009

Hey everybody,

Here’s yet another shot from my travels during this fall/winter. I had intended to get to Kodachrome Basin for this sunset, but I was running late. I decided I’d try my luck at Bryce Canyon, knowing that it was much better for sunrise shooting. I think I made out well for the relatively clear conditions. I really love the post-sunset “glow” that is always present in the Southwestern desert. I miss it!

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Toroweap at Sunset, Grand Canyon National Park

March 18, 2009

Hey everybody, here’s a sunset shot from the Toroweap (Tuweep, Toroweep, ETC.) section of Grand Canyon National Park. Getting to this location involves driving 61 miles each way down a remote, unpaved, and sometimes really rough road. The view makes the long drive out TOTALLY worth it. I have not yet been to any other North Rim overlooks, but I have to say that this is the most fantastic one I’ve seen. The sheer cliff drops 3000′ straight to the Colorado River and it’s just incredible. It took me two overnight visits before I had the right conditions, and it was well worth it!

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Paria Badlands after Sunset

March 16, 2009

This image was taken about twenty minutes after the previous one. I really liked the strong shapes and color in these badlands. I’ve never seen purples like this anywhere else.

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Paria Badlands at sunset

March 16, 2009

This is an image from November, in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument of Utah. I’ve had a hell of a time processing this, and have to admit I still don’t feel great about it. You may recognize that I posted it a few months ago in this post. I think this version is quite a bit stronger, but I’m still uncertain in general.

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It’s snowing outside!

March 2, 2009

Well,

It’s supposed to snow 5-8 inches here tonight. I’m not sure how true that forecast is, but I’m excited to get out in the snow anyway. I don’t have a whole lot of interesting things to talk about this time. Just slaving away at the computer screen, processing photos. I love it! Due to accidentally getting some toothpaste in my eye, I’m taking a break to write this entry!

Here’s a shot from Arches NP back in December. I posted it on here before, but here is the properly processed version.

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Sandhill Crane Takeoff!

January 20, 2009

I’m getting into processing my tons of files, and it’s a blast. We have had a bit of a cold snap here in Virginia, and I regret that I wasn’t able to get out and photograph any of the cool ice patterns. I went out looking today but didn’t find anything. It’s not supposed to go over freezing tomorrow, so maybe I’ll look again elsewhere early on Wednesday morning. We’ll see!

Here’s one from Bosque Del Apache in Late November. I was photographing a group of Sandhill Cranes feeding and walking around. I was waiting and hoping to see some action, perhaps a take-off or something of the sort. Because of this, I had selected an exposure that allowed for a fast shutter speed (1/1250th) just in case of any movement.

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Watching football…

December 21, 2008

You know, sometimes I question my sanity when I’m in Moab, Utah, and I’m skipping out on a sunset to watch a Redskins game. Hmm. I tried going out to shoot and it just felt wrong. Like how it feels to have a friend from out of town visit, and not being able to see them. Oh well. Go ‘Skins!

Here are two more winter themed shots from Canyonlands National Park a few days ago. The first image is from the Green River overlook. The second is of Washer Woman arch and the La Sal Mountains, taken from Mesa Arch.

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A few more winter scenes

December 20, 2008

…From the La Sal Mountains and Arches National Park.

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Sandstone Fins

December 20, 2008

Hey everybody,

Here are some photographs from tonight’s sunset. These shots were taken on Poison Spider Mesa or High Speed Mesa. I’m a bit confused, as I have two books that seem to disagree about the name. This location can only be reached via a not so remote, but very rough 4wd track that was pretty difficult due to ice. Since I still feel like I’m too young to die, I parked the truck and walked the last mile or so. I really love these sandstone fins, and I think the viewpoint I hiked to is definitely one of the more impressive views I have yet to see.

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Snow is on the way!

December 15, 2008

Hey everybody. I’m still in Moab, Utah, in case you were wondering. I’m probably going to be here until Christmas or so. I’ve been shooting a bit around the area, and in Arches/Canyonlands National parks for the last few days. I’ve had some really interesting weather, and some great light. It’s supposed to start snowing here in a little bit, which I’m pretty excited about. From what I’ve read, they’re forecasting totals of 1-3″ in town, 4-6″ in the higher elevations at Arches and Canyonlands, and then a few feet up in the nearby La Sal Mountains! I’ll be getting together with local photographer, friend, and cool cop Bret Edge at some point over the next few days to shoot. If you haven’t seen his work, you should click that link. He has fresh perspectives of an area that is icon-laden and extremely over-shot.  The adventure photography is pretty cool too. Geez… I sound like an advertisement.

Here are two shots from last Saturday. The first one is of Balanced Rock in Arches National Park. This is actually the first time I’ve done a B+W, and I’m not so sure how I feel about it. The clouds were spectacular, but the light was pretty drab, so I figured it’d be appropriate.

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This second one is in Canyonlands National Park, just a half mile or so north of Grandview Point. I was photographing out on the actual overlook earlier in the afternoon, and noticed a small sliver of clear sky in between storm clouds. Knowing how potentially awesome these conditions can often be, I walked around for a half hour or so, looking for a good place to photograph. I ended up at this spot, thinking that the light would hit the falling rain/snow off in the distance. I was wrong about how it’d turn out, but happily so!

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Rainy Day

December 13, 2008

Hey guys,

I wrote this last night and scheduled it to show up now. I’m probably out in the rain photographing some petroglyphs right now. I’m not particularly interested in them, but I think it’s a fun way to spend a rainy day, and it’s nice to have images of them.

Here are two more from Death Valley that I’ve worked up.

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I made it to Moab!

December 13, 2008

Hi everybody,

Due to the fact that precipitation is forecasted over each of the next eight days, I’ve chosen to cut my time in Escalante and Capitol Reef short. I figure that the rain, snow, and ice will make many of the dirt backroads of those areas impassable, and well, that’s where a lot of the good stuff is located. Theres a lot of awesome places to shoot like that here in Moab as well, but there are also more paved roads, thanks to the National Parks in the area.

Over the last few days, I’ve made my way across the state, shooting at Bryce Canyon, Cottonwood Canyon, Devil’s Garden, slots in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Mon., and Cathedral Valley. I only had one day of sunshine when I was in Escalante. I was being ambitious, and had hoped to get to Spooky Gulch, Peek-A-Boo canyon, and Zebra slot all on the same day. I abandoned that plan once I realized I spent 5 hours inside of Spooky. Anyway, here are some shots from Bryce Canyon and Spooky Gulch.

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Dante’s View

December 8, 2008

Hey everybody,

Posts from DV are short and sweet because the internet connection down here is painfully slow! Here’s one from Dante’s View three nights ago. It’s quite a view from up there!

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Update from Death Valley

December 7, 2008

Hey everybody,

I’m catching some wi-fi from the Visitor Center here at Furnace Creek, which is inside Death Valley National Park. I’ve been having some nice light out here, and the scenery is just fantastic… Almost looks like another planet out here.

Here are two shots from Aguerreberry Point last night.

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