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.

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…

Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock

Happy St. Patrick’s day… here’s a picture that has absolutely nothing to do with that.

I posted a very similar picture previously, but this truly is a different shot.  Taken at the very tail end of sunset when only the distant mountains were catching the pink light.  Moments before you could see all the nearby rock formations at the left of the frame lit a bright orange.

It’s quite possible this would look good cropped down a bit getting rid of most or all of the lighter rock in the foreground since it’s not really interesting.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 56mm, f/8.0, 1/25 sec, ISO 100.

The Majestic Frog

The Majestic Frog

Since there’s no reason anyone would understand the title of this post, I shall explain.  This was the rental car that Janet and I had in Colorado-Utah-Arizona.  I’ve mentioned it previously, but it was lovingly referred to as The Frog.  It was great, except the transmission shift algorithm was abysmal.

This specifically is a shot when we got up before the sun to get to Delicate Arch, only to get there and be stormed out.  We waited out the storm and got up to the arch just after dawn.

Pictures taken with Panasonic Lumix TS4, 8.4mm (47mm equiv), f/4.5, 1/80 sec shutter, ISO 250.