I promised Cricri that I would not post any pictures of “Red Rock” until she returned from her recent travels…..and now that she’s back, here we go! :) Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with too many…I only took a small handful as it were!?
Located on the fringes of Las Vegas is Red Rock Canyon, a conservation area that showcases a natural display of large red rock formations and a set of sandstone peaks and walls called the Keystone Thrust. The walls are up to 3,000 feet (910 m) high, making them a popular hiking and rock climbing destination. The highest point is La Madre Mountain, at 8,154 feet (2,485 m).
If you want to step away from the tourist heavy “Strip” of gambling and themed hotels, then make your way here to find another one of the cities most alluring and scenic attractions.
Because of the heat, my friend and I decided to make it an early visit, which meant the sun was coming up from the wrong direction to best photograph this particular area, because it was completely shaded…but I’ll gladly deal with that over the suns beastly fireball. Not too many people were out just yet, but I did manage to spot this guy doing the same as myself…well, he was actually hiking around taking pictures, I was merely standing at the rest station scanning the view.
It was somewhat of a quick snapshot, I didn’t have a lot of time to make manual adjustments for exposure…in fact, I still had a polarizer in place from a previous picture and couldn’t afford to take the time to unscrew it from the lens before he disappeared from this spot.
And there you have it, just a guy out for a walk on the rocks.
Thanks for stopping by.
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ikeharel (58967) 2014-06-25 22:22
A fabulous rocks formation, Jason, and an interesting geological texture.
This is a place I'd probably spend much time and take as many puctures as possible, on diff. light conditions.
The man scale the gigantic nature's exhibition.
Marvelous details shown in great clarity, photojob well done.
jemaflor (86128) 2014-06-25 23:00
Perfect with this man to give a scale at these impressive rocky landscape, I like also these lines and different tones of the stone, tfs.
emka (81006) 2014-06-25 23:42
I like this shot from Las Vegas much better then those from the strip. Fantastic red rocks and going like this must be fun.
Warm regrads MAlgo
SnapRJW (31613) 2014-06-26 0:47
Hi Jason - If I were to visit Las Vegas, I would be far more inclined to visit this area than the glitzy, ersatz strip. I'm not a great hiker but I could manage a bit of a walk to the rest station! Despite what you say about the light, the colours and textures of the rocks are attractively presented and the lone figure adds a sense of scale.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-06-26 1:21
maybe it is just the guy taking a walk on the rocks but the picture stands out from the crowd. I was very much intrigued by it even in the miniature. The rocks are very unusual and they must provide stunning walks especially when the place is not to crowded.
Good idea not to wait and seize the moment as the walker is just in perfect place in the whole framing.
Thanks for sharing and all the best
lousat (78535) 2014-06-26 1:44
Hi Jason.the man into the pic give us the exact idea of the big size of these rocks,truly a great spectacle made by time and nature,the desing and the colors are truly fantastic,i like it.Have a nice day and thanks,luciano
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-26 2:02
With your current crop of postings I was expecting to see a large sausage roll not a diminutive guy traversing this amazing place! This canyon was on my list of places that I really wanted to visit on my last trip to your part of the globe. But bad weather and time constraints stymied any chance of getting there. This shot is a real beauty because it displays the size and awesome textures of this natural wonder so perfectly. The guy could easily be me, I am a real loner once the camera is around my neck and my friends get more than a bit naffed off when I disappear on a "mission", so they were secretly glad that we never had time to go "red-rocking". Naturally I was really disappointed especially when I see what I missed in shots like this.
Rooting for your boys tonight, really hope you make it into the next round of the Coppa Del Mondo!
Cricri (108137) 2014-06-26 3:58
Merci mon ami du désert de m'avoir attendue, c'est fabuleux, le rendu des détails et des couleurs de ces rochers, je me vois bien a la place de la personne !! qui donne l'échelle a ce paysage merveilleux et rocheux, une forte lumière sur que je prendrait mon parapluie :-)
J'espère en voir d'autres....
Bise de Belgique
Sergiom (62112) 2014-06-26 5:34
Très impressionnants ces rochers rouges. Il y a probablement beaucoup de fer dans cette roche. Le personnage est bien placé dans l'image et offre une très belle perspective. Ton point de vue est excellent.
holmertz (42337) 2014-06-26 6:56
This is a very unusual scenery, quite fascinating and looking infinitely nicer than The Strip. I am technically ignorant enough to overlook any shortcomings from the polarizer or less than perfect manual settings. To me this looks fine, and I hope that man sees this so he can appreciate his great contribution to your composition.
All the best,
danos (87939) 2014-06-26 7:46
nice the view as the pressentation of this section of the red rock with the man to walk on it adding life in the scene.I like the tight frame as the colour tints of the rocks.
ourania (32909) 2014-06-26 8:05
the photographer is very well placed in the scenery and frame, he's been captured while walking and I think that even this slight sense of movement sets in motion the fascinating, colourful patterns of the rocks. Despite the shade and the unremoved polarizer, the colours are both natural and vibrant and define some very intriguing shapes. A captivating photo, not only for the admirable natural details but also for the photo opportunities that surround the photographer! Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Noel_Byrne (25318) 2014-06-26 9:38
This looks very much to me like a set of penrose steps, if the dude down there walked out of scene to the lower left, he would reappear upper right, and end up walking a never ending cycle of impossible angles! I cannot work where the drops are, though I know they are there, hiding like sharks with guns, waiting to surprise the unwary. The striations through these rocks are amazing, what nature can do leaves me breathless sometimes. Great idea to include the hiker too, it gives and awesome sense of scale.
Nicely done, great result.
P.S. Much as I tried, the cheerios didn't taste like chicken. Amazingly the addition of chicken flavored gravy only made things worse :)
mcmtanyel (14257) 2014-06-26 21:02
You were right to hurry up and include him in your frame. Not only does he give a sense of scale, but his blue cap and blu-grey shorts complement the rocks very nicely. If you say he was taking photos, I won't dispute you but from where I'm sitting, he looks like he's dialing his significant other.
omid266 (5662) 2014-06-26 21:06
Dear my friend,
This is a very very nice and of course wonderful shot i saw in my life, you choosed a very siurable POV,
wonderful red colours ,and the man is very nice alive part of the shot ,however all the Nature like Rocks are alive and in movement with Earth and they have
Mulecules, Atomes, Electrones, ...
Best and Thanks for sharing part of your world, your Wealth!
**Congrats for winning your Team and going to next stage,**
COSTANTINO (56859) 2014-06-27 22:08
Hello dear friend
breathtaking view to those high rocks
strange capture with lines and different
designs really impressisve
great experience to walk on
strange geological phenomenon
macjake (57502) 2014-06-28 12:08
I'm missing alot of photos here!
Need to get caught up on your gallery...sorry man!
this is awesome, this scene alone makes me want to head back to vegas and start exploring again.
I remember it being very very difficult to photograph, these red rocks, especially in the harsh light.
your idea here is the best...eliminate the damn sky!!
I'll have to remember that.
cool post, cool rock shot
nikkitta (14992) 2014-06-30 11:44
Hola, salut Jason
How on earth did I miss this impressive place and also capture?
I worried, I want to watch more and discover this marvel of quite natural landscape, so original only red rocks
How good is when a place that must be crowded is empty, just for some minutes and in a relax way you can compose the picture, as you did here adding the other photographer
Are the rocks slippery or you can walk in a relax way there?
Like a lot the photo, color, composition, textures, all this near LV?
France advanced one more step to play the..game
Cheers with an "albiceleste" but shsh
Waylim (25362) 2014-07-11 23:38
It is amazing to me that there so many people going to Las Vegas everyday, I wonder how many take a half day to venture out of the casino and see such beauty all around them. within an hour you have Valley of the fire, Lake Mead, and so much more that I don't even know about yet and for a 2 or 3 hours you can be in Zion and Grand Canyon...anyway. this is a very cool shot, I love all the texture of the rocks and the presence of the man give a great sense of scale and perspective.
Thank for showing and perhaps it may inspire someone to go beyond just LV.
adores (38266) 2014-07-16 17:43
The colours and textures of the rocks are amazing. I like the presence of the man there - your pov was very good.