Balancing Act – Zion National Park Utah

Normally a crystal clear river, after a weekend storm in Zion National Park the Virgin River turned a beautiful chocolate brown and was running fast.

Balancing Act

 “Balancing Act”

Zion National Park, Utah
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While hiking along the river I found this rock cairn in the middle of it. By both photographing on an overcast day and using my Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo thin-ring polarizing variable neutral density filter, I was able to slow down my shutter speed long enough to give the river a smooth and silky look.

Photo Details:

Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 24-70mm lens and a Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo thin-ring polarizing variable neutral density filter with a 25 second exposure at f14.

Little Tree, Big Shadow – Arizona

This was photographed in April of 2007 on one of 2 separate photo trips I did in Coyote Buttes, Arizona that month.

Little Tree Big Shadow

“Little Tree, Big Shadow”

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I really love the light & shadow in this photo and how Mother Nature always finds a way to create life where none is expected.

The small tree has no business growing where it is in the middle of sand – yet there it is healthy and alive as ever.

Photo Details:

This was photographed with a Canon 5D and Canon 24-70mm lens in 2007

Harley Parking Only – Arizona

Coming across this old Harley Davidson motorcycle at a location that mainly features old cars and trucks certainly was a great find.

I mean, how often do you find a Harley with NOS on the front?!?

harley parking only

“Harley Parking Only”

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Cow Canyon Trading Post – Utah

Sometimes it just takes a while for inspiration to strike. This photo in particular took a couple years before everything was just right.

cow canyon trading post

“Cow Canyon Trading Post”

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I have driven past this old car over a dozen times in the last few years with never stopping for a photo. There were many reasons for not stopping and it all had to do with the light. Most times I drove by the sunlight was either too harsh or hidden behind a blanket of clouds.

This time however the light was just right with attractive clouds in the sky and I pulled my RV over to photograph.

Photo Details:

This was photographed in 2011 with my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 17-40mm. It is a 3 photo HDR image that was processed with the following software: Lightroom, Photoshop, HDR Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, and Color Efex Pro from Nik Software.

Kiva and Ladder at Mesa Verde National Park Colorado

Sunlight shines down inside a kiva at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado in this photograph from August of 2008.

kiva and ladder

“Kiva and Ladder”

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
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In order to get into this underground kiva I had to climb down the ladder. If anyone has ever been in a Kiva before you know it is a pretty small room. So once I found a good composition I placed the widest angle lens I had on my camera and crouched down to get this shot.

While it looks like I had the kiva all to myself I had to patiently wait for tourists to come and go so I could photograph during the brief moments when no one else was in there with me.

Dust from the ground helped illuminate the sunlight ray coming from the above opening and the reflected light off the ground and wall gave me all the light I needed inside the dark Kiva.

Photo Details:

This was photographed with my Canon 5D and 16-35mm lens. It was a 1.3s exposure at f16 at iso320.

Sunset at Paines Creek Beach on Cape Cod

Every once in a while everything lines up perfectly and you hit a home run.

sunset at paines creek

“Sunset at Paine’s Creek Beach and Landing”

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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That is what happened to me this particular evening at Paine’s Creek Beach & Landing in Brewster on Cape Cod, Mass.

One of my favorite places to photograph, I arrived here in the early afternoon – hours before sunset. Light clouds on the horizon were telling me there could be a nice sunset later in the evening.

Once the sun started setting, the light and color started reflecting off the clouds and it kept getting more colorful and more intense as each minute passed. I barely even noticed the thousands of no-see-ums practically eating me alive while photographing this amazing scene.

Easily one of the best sunsets I ever saw and had the chance to photograph on Cape Cod in the 7 years I lived there.

Photo Details:

Photographed back in 2004 with a Canon 1Ds and 24-70mm lens at 4s at f13 with the use of split neutral density filters to control the exposure and dynamic range of the scene.

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