Willis Canyon

Willis Canyon

Second shot from in Willis Canyon, taken about 5 hours later and showing off the fun subjective portion of photography.  It’s the same place as the previous picture, and the color balance of both looks “right” to me.  This one was taken late in the evening, so the yellow sunset light was not hitting the canyon as much.  It actually has some correction to boost the red / yellow, where as the previous picture was taken in early afternoon and got the opposite treatment, having some of the orange / red hue removed afterward.  Both were shot in Canon raw format, so when I refer to making adjustments afterward, it’s really just the same thing your camera would do at the moment of taking the picture if you were recording a jpeg.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 72mm, f/8, 0.4 sec, ISO 100

Willis Canyon

Willis Canyon

I was all excited to post a few more pictures of the slot canyons in Grand Staircase Escalante, but as it turns out, I have already posted what I thought were the best shots back here.  None the less here’s one more… this is Willis Canyon.  It wasn’t a major attraction like some others – though the parking lot was apparently a place for locals to come set up awnings and picnic.  Cool to tromp through, though just a trickle of water when we were there.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 17mm, f/16, 1/13 sec, ISO 200

Bull Valley Gorge

Bull Valley Gorge

I skipped over a chunk of the Zion Narrows and Grand Canyon pictures because, though they were very cool places to hike, we were not there at a time of day that really made good photos.  This one is from Bull Valley Gorge, a small slot canyon in Grand Staircase Escalante and the first one we stopped at that day.  It’s noted for having a bridge formed rubble, including an old truck, that’s fallen into the canyon.  This is as far as we got down this one though since making any further progress would have required waders to get through the pool right around that rock.

Photo taken with Panasonic Lumix TS-4, Lens @ 4.9mm (28mm equivalent), f/3.3, 1/20 sec ISO 400

West Trip Day 11 – Grand Staircase Escalante

The Sun-n-Sand Motel was where Janet had stayed during her last visit to the area, and is an interesting enough place that it was kind of the destination in and of itself. The next morning, we got to meet Wayne in person, and the reviews are accurate – he is a character, if a bit unkempt. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g57030-d1229438-Reviews-Sun_n_Sand_Motel-Kanab_Utah.html

In talking to Wayne, he mentioned that we should get tickets to The Wave (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wave,_Arizona), which was true – if we had known we would still be in town that morning, we should have gone the previous morning and put our names into the lottery. I believe only 20 people are allowed in per day, as a means of preserving it, and it’s a very well known destination for photography. Unfortunately, we weren’t planing on being there a second day, so we didn’t have tickets.

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