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    Posted: 23 May 2022 at 16:26
About ten days back I spent about 4-5 days in the southwest US. Specifically Utah and Arizona.
Now I'm scared of using those words since so many great photographers have captured absolutely stunning pics of these places that mine would at best seem amateurish.

With that caveat in mind, here's a few from me.

At Zion national park.

1. The three patriarchs in the morning light.


2. Virgin river flowing out from the canyon.
(It was more of a gentle stream at this point)


3. Golden glow


4. River thru the canyon.


5. Backlit trees against the canyon wall.


6. Untitled.


7. Walls and cliffs.


C&C welcome and appreciated.

Regards
Sashi

To be continued...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2022 at 16:36
Well, I decided not to share my pictures from Zion because they were not that good - so, coming home with shareable pictures is a win in my book

I really like #7 - depth, colours, light and shadows. Very nice
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jadom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2022 at 20:46
And I like them all. Beautiful color and light. I was there in 2005. It was my Canon time. And now I have found out that I forgot to upload it to my flickr site. So I am doing it now.
TFS, Sashi.
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I think they look great.
And I'm glad you shared them.
I love the light in them
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@skm.sa100: I'm jealous! This trip is on my bucket list and your photos are inspiring. It's incredibly difficult to be at the right place, at the right time, with the right light. Doubly so when they might be different for each iconic location.

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I think you captured the area well, not at all amateurish
Looks like you may have used a 50mm prime?
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 May 2022 at 07:55
Great series Sashi, great light and views and I agree with Addy on #7.

Only one minor nit, I suggest you clone out the dust bunny in the sky of #6
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Addy, thanks for your comments. I'm sure you do have decent pics from your trip.

Jack, thanks. Looking forward to your shots from back then. I'm sure the canyon hasn't changed much in that time.

Brian, southern Utah and northern Arizona are special for me. This is the fourth time I'm visiting and each time I feel a deeper sense of awe for the place.
You need to line things up to make it happen. You won't be disappointed.
As for photography, I don't even try to get great shots. It's an exercise in futility. I go there for a vacation, enjoy the trip, and do the best I can and that's it. Nat Geo will have to look elsewhere for their next 'tog!


Joseph, glad to see you think my pics are good. I like your Western landscapes as well.
My go to lens was the 16-105 on the A77ii. No primes. I must've used it at many different FLs.

Thanks, Pieter. Didn't notice the spot on #6. Will fix it next time I'm fiddling around with the pics from this trip.

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wonderful trip, Sashi, great shots!
THX for taking us along!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2022 at 20:31
Beautiful series, which really makes you want to go there!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 May 2022 at 01:51
Thanks, angora and Fred!


Day two. We hiked to the top of the canyon to what's very imaginatively called "Observation Point". One can get a bird's eye view about 2200 feet straight down.

8. At Observation Point.
One can see the Virgin river snaking thru the canyon floor in white. The narrow black band next to it is a two lane road. Barely visible from this height and distance. The river continues to the right.
The jagged cliff closest center right of the image is called "Angel's Landing". Climbing up there from the canyon floor is THE number one most popular trek in all of the USA.


9. Looking down.
The sheer wall of red rock presents an impressive spectacle.


10. Zooming into Angel's Landing. (Note the trekkers who've managed to make it to the top).


11. Vertical compo.



12. Almost the same but in landscape.


13. Looking down again.
It's difficult to capture the scale of the sight that met my eyes. At 10mm, there are large empty spaces and the depth isn't that well represented.


14. Conical cliffs of white sandstone amongst red rocks.


15. Sandstone slopes. Precariously perched trees.


Regards
Sashi

N.B. Yes, I didn't take out the dust bunny.

To be continued...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jadom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 May 2022 at 08:04
Next breath taking series, Sashi. I thing I have to go there again but this time for a few days. My first (and last so far) time there was a few hours trip so it was obvious that I couldn't see even a small part of what you saw.
And if we add Bryce and Great Canyons in a close neigbourhood and then Arches and Monument Valley.... boy-o-boy - come back to the ground from cloud nine.

Edited by Jadom - 26 May 2022 at 16:37
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Thanks Jack. If you're interested, you gotta go.
I went in mid May for two reasons: to avoid the heat and the crowds. Also, I went during weekdays and avoided the weekend to stay far from the madding crowd.

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We followed up the hike to Observation Point with a quick trip thru route 9 that cuts through the park.

16. Checkerboard mesa. Made up of sandstone and called so due to obvious reasons.


17. Arch formation in the making. If the rock is strong enough, erosion might open up and arch. If not, the mid section will collapse leaving two spires (or hoodoos).


18. King of the hill.


19. Craggy striations.


20. More cliffs and walls. The interesting thing is that these aren't mountains or hills but sheer walls that are super tall but relatively thin.


21. For a magazine cover.


22. Canyon overlook point. That switchback is route nine that we traversed.


To be continued...
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