Canyonlands National Park

La Sal Mountains from Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Looking east across the plateaus, out to the La Sal mountains is quite invigorating, as you stand high above it all. You can get a sense of how far down it is, from the size of the road below. I spent 3 days exploring Canyonlands and Arches National Park. It wasn’t enough time. As you get into these parks, photo opportunities are endless as is the incredible landscapes. If you ever come, spend a week, take advantage of camping and hiking this wild and raw Utah landscape.. and bring your camera.

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Canyonlands Vista
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Sunset in Canyonlands, Utah

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I spent a number of nights and one early morning capturing this majestic location called, Green River Overlook in Canyonlands. This particular evening the wind was whipping up out of the canyon and I didn’t dare let go of my tripod for fear it would end up in the deep crevasse that was just behind me. I stayed low to the ground for fear I would be thrown into the deep hole also.  A half  dozen of us  avid photographers were teetering on one rock all vying for our spot to catch the sunset. One by one they drifted away and I held my ground ’til the bitter end and the bitter cold.

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Sunset Over Canyonlands
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Canyonlands in Utah

You feel like you are on top of the world as you stand on the edge of these canyons outstretched to the snow-capped La Sal Mountains off in the distance. It’s another one of those places that gives you the heebie-jeebies if you stand to close to the edge. With the wind swirling in all directions I got as close as I was willing to go. Cloud formations were perfect for HDR imagery and I took this late in the day. No one else around, it was great!

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Sunset Over The Canyonlands, Utah


“After light” or some may call it “light after the light”. No matter what you call it, as a photographer you wait ’til the bitter end before you pack up your photo gear and hike back in the dark, no matter where you’re at.  The sunset has different stages of light and color as it projects out in the atmosphere and bounces off the different layers of clouds. I was with a group of photographers in the Canyonlands of Utah at Green River Overlook. We talked all things photography, one being, “you wait for the “light after the light” before you pack it in. We were not having any sunset, for the clouds were thick on the western horizon. It was cold and extremely windy and we all decided to call it a day and head back to the parking lot. Just as we got to our cars, a sliver of light come cracking through under the clouds and lit the entire sky red. Like a bunch of crazy’s, we ran back to the edge of the canyon to set back up, as the red quickly melted away. I mananged to get a few shots off before it was all gone. No one else faired as well. As we packed one last time, and kicked ourselves in the butt, we all rehearsed in our minds, ” wait for the “light after the light”.

Sunset Over The Canyonlands
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Green River Overlook, Canyonlands, Utah

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The vast Canyonland National Park stretched out forever into the horizon. As I sat there in the calm morning stillness, I studied how different it was the evening before when the wind was whipping over these canyons so violently it was almost impossible to stand, and the cold was ripping right through you. The green Colorado River in the distance was barely visible because of dust. Now clear for a 100 miles I just sat there for the longest time not wanting to leave. No one around, a great place to feel total peace. A self-portrait taken with 3 exposures, then processed in Photomatix, Topaz Adjust and PS cs5 to get the HDR effect.

Green River Overlook
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Mesa Arch in Canyonlands

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I sometimes try to scope out an area that I want to photograph a sunrise, the day before, to know where the “sweet spot” will be. In this case I took the hike down to Mesa Arch right before sunset to guess where the sun would rise the next day. The orange glow of the sun was coming in nicely, so I grabbed a few shots through the arch with the snow-capped La Sal mountains in the distance. With my tripod just a few feet from the edge of a 1000 foot vertical drop, keeps you on your toes and ready for any unsuspecting wind gust. After photographing here, I hiked quickly back out to catch the sunset at Green River Overlook a few miles away. Those I’ll show another time. Check out my gallery above for all my daily photos.

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