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Photographer's Note

It has been a long time since I have visited Zion National Park in Southwestern Utah. My wife is a teacher and only gets the summer months off and a little time off during breaks, so we have to take summer vacations anymore. (Zion is way too hot in the summer for anything other than scorpions). Many of you have visited this amazing place and you can attest to the fact that it is one of America's finest and most scenic national parks. The best times to visit this park are in the early spring and during the autumn. The summers are dangerously hot. I took this in mid-April, an ideal time to be here, just as the leaves were coming out and water was literally gushing out of the huge cliffs. Zion is a magical place, but a harsh and unforgiving environment. Just ask Fulvio Ferraris (fulvio52), an expert about this area. You must excercise reasonable caution and carry plenty of food and water and to prepare for sudden changes in weather and for flash floods.

I took this shot in the shaded area of the canyon during the early morning hours. I used the finest color film of all time, Fujichrome Velvia, a circular polarizer, and I used a tripod to keep the image sharp and to blur this towering waterfall. I used a short telephoto lens to compress the photo and to narrow the angle of view in order to tighten up the composition a bit. Zion is a hugely popular national park with foriegn visitors and it is easy to understand why with the incredible scenery that abounds here. You can see a very small amount of sunlight highlight a very small portion of the waterfall about 1/3 of the way down from the top of the falls. Southwestern (USA) desert lighting is very harsh during midday and taking photos early in the morning, late afternoon, in the shade, and right after clearing storms are your best bets to avoid washed-out and flat looking images.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Stan Obert (scobert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1170 W: 17 N: 1848] (5355)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1993-04-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/16, 1/8 seconds
  • Details: Tripod: Yes
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-04-17 21:03
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