The Elusive Sunrise. While on the way to photograph Hot Air Balloons we ran into a seductive view of the sun as it rose over Valley of the Gods. Small apertures, like f22-32 are necessary to make the sun a star, as is the technique of placing the sun against an object, in this case, the mesa nearby. Focus for the above image was along the cliff wall. We moved dozens of times to keep the sun from being too big in the frame, and shot multiple images as there are no guarantee with difficult, elusive, subjects.
And the winner is:
This image was taken last year, while visiting Zion National Park in the Fall. The color display there is stunning. I camped near this location and went on a hike in the morning with camera, tripod and coffee. The color in the background is the early morning sun hitting a red rock wall. The slow shutter speed enhances (IMHO) the water flowing over the rocks.
YIPPEE, I won the National Parks Best of contest. Thank you all so much for voting for my photo.
We’re happy to let you know you’re a winner in the Summer Scrapbook! You’ve won a “best of” prize package, which includes: two (2) Leki® Trail Hiking Poles; one (1) pair of Nikon® Trailblazer ATB Binoculars, 10×25; one (1) Trailblazer® 4-LED Headlamp; one (1) Coleman six-person instant tent; one (1) stainless steel pint glass; one (1) America the Beautiful, The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass; Fodor’s The Official Guide to America’s National Parks; A National Park Foundation tote, hat, water bottle, and bandana; one (1) Yosemite Hiker’s Kit (which includes a Yosemite backpack, hat, water bottle, carabineer, hiking map, book about Yosemite, and sunscreen); a Mesa Verde National Park baseball cap and T-shirt set; and a gift bag collection of Olympic National Park 75th anniversary gear, including a T-shirt and wine glass. This prize package has an approximate retail value of $750. Congratulations!
Virgin River Flow, Zion National Park
RVwest magazine has a place on their website to enter photos of camping, campsites and RVs. My winning submission for the month of December is a photo of my maiden voyage to Southern Utah, in the spring of 2013. I teach photography lessons at this location and it was fun to photograph my rig at Valley of the Gods.