Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country

 

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Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country



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The following photo gallery represents a sample range of subjects you can expect to shoot during this particular Travel Images photography tour. Our aim is to not only help our clients meet their photographic goals, but also to learn new techniques; to master pertinent camera settings; to help clients ‘see’ new subjects; to help in translating that vision into pixels; and to generally have a wonderful time. To this end John will share everything he has learnt in a practical and friendly manner.

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COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT, COLORADO

 

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country

The Red Rock Country photography workshop starts just inside the western edge of Colorado,
and here are two Colorado National Monument panoramas to start this particular photo gallery.

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country

 

CANYONLANDS AND ARCHES NATIONAL PARKS, UTAH

 

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country

Above, a 'tight' shot of the classic Mesa Arch 'Washerwomen' cluster in Canyonlands National Park in Utah, and below, a wider less familiar perspective that is two frames merged together.

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country

 

This is the view from Deadhorse State Park where 'Thelma and Louise' concluded, and is adjacent to Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
   

Landscape Arch in the north of Arches National Park.

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country

   

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country

The South Window frames the Turret Arch in Arches National Park, above. It's a bit of a scramble for this particular composition, and is a classic morning light shot. Then below, a wider shot from a different dawn, and put together with four verticals which were stitched together in PhotoShop

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country

 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
On the group's way to photograph Landscape and Pine Tree Arches, we paused to photograph this boulder, left, and the converging lines created by two slabs of rock.  While gone there was a snow flurry and high winds, and upon our return we all noticed how the light snow had accented the converging lines in the image at right.  That's not something you see every day!
 

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
The recent Red Rock Country winter photography tour was hardly 'winter' at times, as just a skiff of snow was to be found in several iconic locations. This is Delicate Arch at sunset, minus the shrouded La Sal mountain range.

 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
A view into the 'Windows' section of Arches with great winter light.
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
A long lens view from the Windows section looking towards a well-lit mesa near Moab.
It's all about the light.
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Sure, Skyline Arch is small and distant in this shot, but I preferred the knarled Pine tree foreground to that of a full frame shot of the arch . . . on this occasion. I suggest that you mix up your perspectives to better hold the interest of the viewer.
 

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
The late, warm light in Arches National Park.

 

MOAB TO MONUMENT VALLEY

 
 Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
South of Moab is Newspaper Rock which contains excellent examples of petroglyphs which date to around 2,000 years. Their Navajo name is ‘Tse Hane’, i.e. “The rock with a story”.
 

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
A small Yucca plant provides the symmetry,
with minimal depth of field used to reduce the 'distraction' of the background.

 

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
The San Juan River winds its way through Goosenecks State Park near Mexican Hat, Utah.

 

MONUMENT VALLEY, ARIZONA

 

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country

 

 

Teardrop Arch on the Utah side of Monument Valley looking back into Arizona, left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below, snow fell following this evening shoot, so we were just in time to capture the texture in the dunes. This is the Totem Pole collection in Monument Valley, and one can only get this close with a Navajo guide.

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
 

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
A petroglyph in Monument Valley, and as with any similar situation where the light is limited, one should use a tripod for the best results.

 

At left, colorful art made by local Navajo and available for purchase.

   
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
This is the pre-dawn approach shot to Monument Valley, and all that's missing are Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner. Did someone say "Mi-mi!"?
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Low winter light, a pretty sky, but no snow for this Monument Valley shot.
The rock features are, left to right, Left Mitten, Right Mitten and Merrick Butte.
 

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country

'Two and a bit' shots at dawn in Monument Valley. Above is the left Mitten with a 'strong foreground' - a personal favorite - while below our second winter dawn at Monument Valley was 'blessed' with howling winds and cold which can't be captured with a lens! The rock formations are the right and left Mittens.

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country

 

ANTELOPE CANYON + HORSESHOE BEND, ARIZONA

 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
It's difficult to capture the entire Horseshoe Bend scene with one lens, so I took five verticals and stitched them together. Don't be timid about attempting merging images as the software does most of the work.
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
1 of 4:  The 'soft' rock of Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona. A tripod is a must for each of these shots.
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
A bit of flashlight use for enhancement, and of course, you do see the 'frog' don't you?

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Sand 'waterfall'.

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country

 

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UTAH

 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
I like to be able to add comments to all of my images, especially the location. However, Bryce Canyon, Utah photographically has 'similar' looking locations throughout the park except in a few instances. So, please forgive me if I list my images as #1 and #2 etcetera, though I have added comments here and there. This image is #1 and is all about the light and shade. We should all live for this kind of light!
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Bryce Canyon, Utah, #2
Snow accenting the canyon contours.
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Bryce Canyon, Utah, #3
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Bryce Canyon, Utah, #4
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Bryce Canyon, Utah, #5
The high contrast light gives this shot its impact.
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Bryce Canyon, Utah, #6
More good light, plus an attempt to place something of interest in the foreground.
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Bryce Canyon, Utah, #7
Not the best composition, but oh that mighty warm glow. I just love it.
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Bryce Canyon, Utah, #8
Bryce Canyon can be a breezy and cool spot at any time of year, as indicated by the snow stuck to the side of this tree.
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
A Mule Deer buck briefly raises his head while foraging on the Bryce Canyon plateau.
 

RED CANYON, UTAH

 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Red Canyon is great spot for photography as one approaches Bryce Canyon.
 

ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH

 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
If you have a well-lit mountain and want to add some interest, find say a tree in the shade, and it will silhouette nicely for you.  The mountain pictured at dawn is the Sentinel.
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
When the weather is dry the waterfall is nowhere to be seen, so one shouldn't always wish for good weather, but good light.  The peak at left is 6,496 foot high Cable Mountain.
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Leaf-less trees look great when set against Zion's illuminated canyon walls. However, choose your tree carefully as a 'busy' tree will carry less impact.  The rock face is the walls of the Temple of Sinawava.

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Sentinel Peak and the Virgin river at dawn. No use of HDR here as I exposed for the mountain, and then selected the bottom half of the image and made adjustments until it looked 'natural'. There is nothing worse than a dark foreground converted to tones of a 'pale, mushy gray'.

 

Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
The Court of the Patriarchs sitting above the Virgin River.
I shot four verticals, and merged them in PhotoShop for best effect.

 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
A tree Squirrel in Zion takes to terra-firma to beg from the hikers . . . and pose for photographers.
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
A post-dawn shot at the Court of the Patriarchs.  If you like reflections ya' gotta' get close and low.
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Watchman Peak and the Virgin River after sunrise, just when the light starts 'kissing' the foreground trees.
 
Southwest winter photo tour of Utah and Arizona's red rock country
Returning at sunset one gets an entirely differently lit scene.  Personally I prefer the morning shot above.
 
  Red Rock Country Winter by Bob Spalding
  Red Rock Country by Jim Majerle
  Red Rock Country by Judy Giberson
  Red Rock Country 1 by Kevin Moss
  Red Rock Country 2 by Kevin Moss


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