My apologies for not posting any new material in several months.
The monsoon season got off to a good start here in Arizona, but has since quieted down. This image was captured just before sunset in early July on Watson Lake, outside of Prescott, AZ. A powerful storm was just on the horizon, yet the afternoon sun managed to break through the clouds and light up the granite boulders surrounding the lake.
January 1st, 2015 brought unusually cold temperatures to the Sonoran Desert, and with those frosty temps came a rare snow storm. I was it the Four Peaks Wilderness before sunrise and was able to capture several images of the snow-covered landscape. What a great way to start the year!
Remotely situated in the middle of nowhere, Goblin Valley State Park is miles away from any light pollution. I was in the area during a recent trip through Utah, and thought it would be a great place to capture a shot of the Milky Way on a moonless night.
I had finished shooting sunset, so I hiked back to my truck (2006 Nissan Pathfinder LE with failing air conditioning and worn tie rods) and had dinner as night fell. By the time I re-assembled my gear and donned my headlamp, the Milky Way was in full view above me.
I hiked back down into the valley and back to a group of hoodoos that I had scouted earlier to use as my foreground. I took my time positioning my camera and tripod, trying to compose a shot with the Milky Way between two prominent hoodoos. Then, I took several exposures of the stars at different settings, trying to find the best possible combination of brightness and sharpness. Next, I changed my camera settings to focus on shooting the hoodoos directly before me. I spent about an hour taking photos of the hoodoos while painting them with light from my headlamp. During one exposure, a car drove through the parking lot above the valley, painting the hoodoos with (what I thought was) just the right amount of light. Thank you, passing motorist!
Sunrise in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. I had scouted out the general area for this shot the day before, so I knew that all I’d have to do is get there with enough time to find my way through and over some massive sandstone hoodoos. Thanks for looking.
Sunrise above the goosenecks of the San Juan river in southern Utah. This shot is from the very edge of the Colorado Plateau, and one of my absolute favorites for camping. There is a 270 degree view for miles and miles, and straight ahead, on the horizon, is Monument Valley. The view is so expansive that I have watched 3 separate lightning storms, all happening at the same time, from this location!
This was captured at the same remote location as my last post, high above the Colorado river on Navajo land. The sun had just dipped below the horizon, giving me a break from the smokey haze that had obscured the distant cliffs.
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