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Back from Moab…

April 14, 2009

Wow, what a trip!  After a delayed start due to weather and getting through a significant snowstorm around Vail, CO, my good friend John Clark and I made it to Moab, UT on Saturday, April 4th.  What a place.

If you’re a landscape photographer and haven’t been to the national parks in the Western United States then make it a priority.  The beautiful rock formations, soaring peaks and big skies are worth every penny you spend to get and stay there.  Utah is especially interesting as it is home to five national parks – Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park.  Utah also claims the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, since it is best accessed through southern Utah. In addition, Mesa Verde National Park is just across the border in Colorado, Great Basin National Park hugs the Nevada border and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park straddles the Utah/Arizona border.  It’s easy to see why Utah is one of the premier places to explore some of the amazing natural resources of this country.

I am lucky to have a good friend in John Clark.  John has logged many hours in the national parks making stunning images and acquiring a deep knowledge to the best places and times for shooting these landmarks.  Up before sunrise and out until after dark, we cruised the roads of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse Point, a Utah state park.  At each turn, John knew exactly what was ahead, where the best vantage points were and how to make the “classic” shot.  I couldn’t ask for a better guide!

Here are a few of my favorites from the trip:

Sunrise from Dead Horse Point - Utah State Park

Sunrise from Dead Horse Point – Utah State Park

Mesa Arch - Canyonlands National Park

Mesa Arch – Canyonlands National Park

Green River Overlook - Canyonlands

Green River Overlook – Canyonlands National Park

Tree Near Mesa Arch - Canyonlands National Park

Tree Near Mesa Arch – Canyonlands National Park

Skyline Arch - Arches National Park

Skyline Arch – Arches National Park

Courthouse Towers - Arches National ParkCourthouse Towers – Arches National Park

Shooting the Moon Through North Window - Arches National ParkShooting the Moon Through North Window – Arches National Park

Hopefully, this gives you a feel for the type of photography that is so prolific in this part of the world.  I’m already thinking about taking a couple weeks to explore this area and the rest of Southern Utah in the near future!

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2 comments

  1. Nice pictures, i see some heavy vignetting in the pictures, wonder what camera/wide angle lens were used to shoot those pictures?


    • Thanks for the comment. The vignette is done in post-processing and is purely artistic. It may be overdone in the Dead Horse Point image, but I like it! 🙂 To answer the question about lenses, I primarily used the Nikon 17-55MM f2.8 lens. I’ve never seen vignetting in the lens (that I haven’t added in post!).



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