Bryce Canyon Hoodoos

Bryce Hoodoos

This picture is from the day at Bryce Canyon in Utah.  As mentioned when I posted the bulk of the pictures before, this was mostly a midday visit and getting good pictures was difficult.  On one hand, the contrast was very high due to the bright sun and abundance of shadows.  On the other hand, with the contrast dialed down these all blend into one red-orange blob or rock.  Or, maybe it’s not that difficult, and I should just practice more.  Regardless, this one seems to have ended well, so here you have a picture of the Bryce Canyon Hoodoos.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 24mm, f/16, 1/20 sec, ISO 100

 

Navajo Arch

Navajo Arch

Back to Arches, because I was told that this should be today’s picture.  This is from inside Navajo Arch.  We were there just after rain, so there was a small pond going on.  I was able to get past the water, thanks in part to waterproof boots and for most of the time we were hanging around this one we were the only people there, so it was clear for pictures.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 10-22mm @ 10mm, f/8.0, 1/60 sec, ISO 400.

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

Future Arches

Arches Fins

A shot out past the horn on one of the fins with some people on top for scale.  I don’t remember the geological details, but these fins come into existence when the softer rock erodes from between them and then arches come into existence when there happens to be softer rock lower in a fin that erodes leaving the arch.

I’m not a fan of heights, and even though there’s literally room to fall over and not slide off the edge out there, that was not a place I was going.

Picture taken with Canon PowerShot SX130, lens at 10.372mm* (57mm equiv), f/4.0, 1/640 sec shutter, ISO 80

* Yes, this camera records three decimal palaces.  From this we can conclude one of two things:  My $200 camera has focal length detection down to 1/65535th of it’s range, or someone at Canon did not have Mr. Paladino teach them all about significant digits.  My money’s on the latter.

Arches Primitive Trail

Arches National Park

There’s nothing specifically important about this picture.  It was taken at the end of a hike as we were coming off the “primitive trail” out of the fins in Arches National Park.  It’s a pretty obvious HDR shot, but in this case I think that’s OK, or at least OK enough that I like it, thanks largely to the fun cloud swirls.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm @ 28mm, f/8.0, various shutter, ISO 100.

Side note – this was shot as one of several at f/8.0 to avoid the camera deciding it wanted to vary the aperture and thus depth of field between shots.  Noticing that reminds me of an article I came across a month or so ago: “f/8 and be there…

Double Arch

Double Arch

I’ve posted a couple shots that were very similar to this one before, specifically back here.  This one is a more naturally processed single exposure as opposed to the composite of seven exposures previously.  The previous version is HDRed to excess, and while fun to make and maybe fun to look at, it’s not a doesn’t present a convincing impression of reality.  Even this one might be a little off in color – it’s hard to remember just how red vs. more orange the rock was there.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 20mm, f/9.0, 1/80 sec, ISO 100