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Southwest Vacation Slideshow

Even though this was a none-photographic vacation, I did take a lot of pictures. Here are some of them.

Tomorrow I dip back into environmental portraiture. Hope I remember what to do…

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Photographic Lessons From My Non-Photographic Vacation

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“This is a job for a company of Rangers…or it’s a job for one or two men…Right now we’re too many…an’ not enough…” – Reverend Clayton

That bit of dialogue from 1956’s The Searchers (filmed in Monument Valley) sums up how I feel about my camera choices for last week’s trip through Northern Arizona and Southern Utah: I brought too much and I didn’t bring enough.  But I know what I will do next time. Continue reading

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How I Missed THE Shot

In the following series of images of Bryce Canyon, you’ll see that over a very few minutes as the sun sets, the sky changes colors and darkens significantly, and that influences the canyon’s relative tonality.  As I explained to my son (featured in one of these pictures and lit with fill flash), “In a few minutes the sky’s overall tonality will match the land’s, and that’s going to be THE moment.”

We waited a bit, and the sky got darker, but did not turn red as I expected.  I decided we should call it a day and go to dinner. Besides, I was getting cold.

From the lodge, about two minutes later, John pointed to the clouds, which had turned a glowing red. I don’t know how the canyon looked, because there was now a forest and a bunch of cabins between us and the rim, but I know I missed the opportunity despite expecting it to happen.

Just two days before, we chatted with a Park Ranger at Natural Bridges National Monument, who told us that the professional photographer who worked the park reminded him of a fisherman: he waited as long as necessary, then acted quickly when the conditions were right. Landscape photography requires either excellent planning or exquisite patience, and that is why you don’t see much of it on this page.

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Non-Photographic Vacation: Day 6

We spent all of today in Bryce Canyon, and I may yet get some magic hour shots, but the wi-fi is working so I’m posting now! The morning and early afternoon were all rain and thunder, so we sat by the fire, had an early lunch, and even ended up taking naps.  Then, the weather broke and we walked almost all the way down into the canyon. Best non-photographic lesson yet: I need to lose some weight and gain some aerobic fitness.

Early this morning, the sun broke through the clouds for a few minutes, but just for a few minutes.

Early this morning, the sun broke through the clouds for a few minutes, but just for a few minutes.

Late in the afternoon, we were able to hike down into the canyon. Not ALL the way down, but close.

Late in the afternoon, we were able to hike down into the canyon. Not ALL the way down, but close.

 

It was nice to have some different perspectives on the formations, but the hike back up was more brutal than Canyon de Chelly.

It was nice to have some different perspectives on the formations, but the hike back up was more brutal than Canyon de Chelly.

More fun on the trail.

More fun on the trail.

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We both made it back to the top, but I wasn't smiling this big. More like gasping.

We both made it back to the top, but I wasn’t smiling this big. More like gasping.

During this morning's storms, I played with some images from earlier in the week. These are going to keep me busy for a long time, I think.

During this morning’s storms, I played with some images from earlier in the week. These are going to keep me busy for a long time, I think.

 

 

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Non-Photographic Vacation: Day 5

Very slow wi-fi here at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, which can be forgiven because everything else is exquisite. We started the day at Capitol Reef National Park, then meandered along Route 12 (an awesome motorcycle road, but pretty nice in a car too) to make our way to Bryce. Tomorrow we go exploring, weather permitting (we arrived during an impressive thunder storm).

Turn in any direction in any part of Capitol Reef National Park for a beautiful view.

Turn in any direction in any part of Capitol Reef National Park for a beautiful view.

When he was a little boy, this behavior drove me crazy. Now it's kind of amusing.

When he was a little boy, his need to climb everything drove me crazy. Now it’s kind of amusing.

Making friends everywhere we go.

Making friends everywhere we go.

Bidding farewell to Capitol Reef.

Bidding farewell to Capitol Reef.

Taking a break on Route 12, which took us through deserts, forests, mountains, canyons, and all the way to Bryce.

Taking a break on Route 12, which took us through deserts, forests, mountains, canyons, and all the way to Bryce.

The view right outside our cabin at Bryce Canyon Lodge. Tomorrow we explore!

The view right outside our cabin at Bryce Canyon Lodge. Tomorrow we explore!

At the Kiva Koffeehouse outside Escalante. After we return I'll blog about the many photographic lessons I've learned on this non-photographic vacation, but the most important lesson so far is this: I thought that I was taking this trip for John, so he could see this part of the country that I love so much. But I realized today that he is also taking this trip for me.

At the Kiva Koffeehouse outside Escalante. After we return I’ll blog about the many photographic lessons I’ve learned on this non-photographic vacation, but the most important lesson so far is this: I thought that I was taking this trip for John, so he could see this part of the country that I love so much. But I realized today that he is also taking this trip for me.

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