Just added: Location Photography Lessons

Hi Folks, The weather forecast for the weekend photo excursion to Bluff, Utah looks great, a mix of sun and clouds.

I’ve added three more locations to the photography lessons.

Moqui Dugway is an awesome drive up from the Valley of the Gods to Cedar Mesa.  With big views of the San Juan River Canyon and Monument Valley too

We will head out to Muley Point by driving up the Moqui Dugway on Saturday afternoon, the weather forecast is for clouds!  Yeah, No sky, no sky.  But with SKY< add sky.  I’ll be teaching the following hints for grand landscape:

  • Pay attention to your grand composition, watch for centering your “horizon line”
  • Create drama in the big scene by focusing on near, middle and far in the frame.
  • Actual focus point is important, choose a deep depth of field (f16-22) and focus about 1/3 of the way into your composition.
  • Use a graduated ND filter or underexpose the lower part of the frame to hold detail in clouds.
Cumulous Clouds, rain hitting the ground, deep San Juan River Canyon, and Monument Valley in the Distant landscape.

Passing rainstorm visibly hitting the ground, deep San Juan River Canyon, and Monument Valley in the Distant landscape. Just one of the amazing views from Muley Point, looking west. By NOT centering the storm, the viewer is led through the photo. ©Kit Frost

Kokopelli and other ancient puebloan (Anasazi) figures carved into canyon walls

Kokopelli and other ancient puebloan (Anasazi) figures carved into canyon walls. Photo courtesy of BLM, Monticello, Utah

Image showing the winding road of the Moqui Dugway in Utah with Mesas and Buttes in the Background

A favorite location, near Valley of the Gods and Monument Valley too.

Photographing Fall Colors in Capitol Reef National Park

I spent the last few days at Capitol Reef National Park.  I planned this adventure after investigating online, guessing that the fall colors would be in bloom along the Fremont River and in the canyons near Capitol Reef.  I wasn’t disappointed.  When I make a decision to go out for photo “shoot”, I tend to pour over images taken by other photographers to see if I can guess at the best time of year, and the best week of the year.  Late October was my guess.

This past weekend in Capitol Reef was spectacular.  My favorite locations included near the Visitor Center, along the Fremont River, and in the orchards.  Apples are free for the eating in the orchard.

What to do in Capitol Reef

  • Get out and STAY OUT
  • Get up early, go for a hike (Spring Creek)
  • Take the drive to the Grand Wash and Capitol Wash.
  • Spend time in the Visitors Center, watch the film during the harsh light of noon.
  • Since the walls of the canyons are close together, I prefer the south-facing color late day
  • Wait for clouds
  • Best time of day: IMHO: 3:30-5:30
I love playing with compositions to see what I can do to make my images look painterly.  This cottonwood was HUGE. ©Kit Frost

I love playing with compositions to see what I can do to make my images look painterly. In this example I “stacked” the orange orchard against the large golden cottonwood, against the background red rock wall.  This cottonwood was HUGE. ©Kit Frost

October light in the Canyons ©Kit Frost

October light in the Canyons ©Kit Frost

Near the campground at Capitol Reef National Park, the late afternoon light painted shadows in the orchard. ©Kit Frost

Near the campground at Capitol Reef National Park, the late afternoon light painted shadows in the orchard. ©Kit Frost

Self Portrait: Capitol Reef Orchard. ©Kit Frost

Self Portrait: Capitol Reef Orchard. ©Kit Frost

The fall colors in and around the Fruita area are in full bloom right now ©Kit Frost

The fall colors in and around the Fruita area are in full bloom right now ©Kit Frost