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Juniper Bones

This image was made in Canyonlands NP. We were doing the Slickrock trail hike, and were nearly back to the car when I saw this juniper. It showed no obvious signs that it was still alive, but there was something majestic about it nonetheless. Just the fact that it had grown through the rock was amazing, even though I’ve seen it a thousand times or more.

Like so many images that I later come back to, this one languished in one of my Lightroom catalogues for a couple years before I realized there might be something there worth working on.

Equipment: Nikon D300, Nikon 35–70 f 2.8 mm zoom lens, circular polarizer, Bogen tripod.

Camera Settings: f 18, 1/5th sec., ISO 320

Processing: Contrast, clarity, vibrance, and saturation adjustments in Adobe Lightroom, curves adjustment, and Raw conversion in Photoshop.


Upheavel Dome

Upheavel Dome is an impact crater in Canyonlands NP. It is thought to have been caused by a meteor about one third of a mile in diameter which struck the earth approximately 170 million years ago. The white and yellowish dome is composed of rock that has been pushed to the surface from more than a mile below, and is not to be found anywhere else within the park.

There are two overlooks along the Upheavel Dome Trail. The first is an easy quarter mile walk from the parking area. The second overlook, where this image was made, is another three quarters of a mile beyond the first, and affords a much better view of both the crater and the dome.

Equipment: Nikon D200, Nikon 35–70mm f2.8 zoom lens, circular polarizer, Bogen tripod.

Camera Settings: f 18, 1/20th sec., ISO 320

Processing: Contrast, clarity, vibrance, saturation adjustments, and RAW conversion in Adobe Lightroom, curves adjustment in Photoshop


Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch is located in a remote part of Arches NP called The Devil’s Garden. The trail will eventually lead you to eight arches; it is difficult in places with a lot of scrambling over slickrock, and exposure to heights. We set out expecting to have plenty of time to make the entire 7.5 mile loop, but we had just made it to Landscape Arch (the third arch along the trail) when a thunderstorm moved in bringing snow and rain. I had just enough time to make a couple of exposures before packing my gear into my waterproof backpack to start the hike back to the car. Luckily we were only a little over a mile from the trailhead, and had sufficient wet weather gear to keep us, and my cameras warm and dry.

Equipment: Nikon D200, Nikkor 17–35 mm f 2.8 zoom lens, Bogen tripod

Settings: f 22, 1/6th sec. ISO 320

Processing: Contrast, vibrance, clarity, and saturation adjustments in Lightroom, curves adjustment in Photoshop.


Washer Woman

This is another image I rescued from my archives. It was taken two years ago when I was at Canyonlands. Earlier I posted a photo named “From Mesa Arch”, and this formation is visible in that photo as well. This is just a different perspective, with more emphasis on the Washer Woman. In the other image, Mesa Arch is the main subject, in this one it serves as a frame for the subject.

The area around Moab, Utah is famous for its unusual formations, and breathtaking landscapes. I’m planning to return soon; there are countless scenes like this one that inspire a love and respect for the natural world, and I’d like to lend my interpretation to them.

Equipment: Nikon D200, Nikon 17–35 mm zoom lens, circular polarizer

Camera settings: f 18, 1/40th sec., ISO 320

Processing: Contrast, vibrance, clarity, and saturation adjustments in Lightroom, curves adjustment in Photoshop.


Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Another icon in the realm of nature photography, Delicate Arch is a favorite of visitors to Arches National Park. The well worn trail meanders across an upthrust ridge of slickrock for nearly two miles. The last couple hundred yards of the trail hugs a cliff face before you suddenly arrive at the edge of a huge natural amphitheater, and there before you stands this seemingly impossible structure of red sandstone.

The experience is well worth the effort, but you have to be patient if you want to make an image that doesn’t include twenty or thirty other visitors. I was wishing for some dramatic clouds to take some of the edge off the deep cerulean sky, but had to settle for the snowcapped La Sal mountains. I am planning another trip to Arches soon. Maybe I’ll have better luck with the atmospheric conditions.

Equipment: Nikon D200, Nikon 17–35 mm f–2.8 zoom lens, circular polarizer.

Processing: Contrast, vibrance, and saturation adjustment in Lightroom, curves adjustment in Photoshop.


From Mesa Arch

From Mesa Arch

From Mesa Arch

This is a view looking through Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. In the background is a formation known as The Washerwoman, and beyond that are the La Sal Mountains. This is an iconic setting in the realm of nature photography. I tried to shoot from a different perspective to give this image a fresh point of view. This is my pick out of about forty exposures I made that day.

Equipment: Nikon D200, Nikon 17-35mm f2.8, circular polarizer

Processing: curves, vibrance, clarity and saturation adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop