Photographer's Note

REPOST --- After reviewing a couple of critiques of this image, I thought I should look at it on another computer other than my notebook. When I did, I could see the color was indeed to yellow and somewhat over-saturated. I think this is now rendered more as I had visualized it. Note to self, do not trust notebook screen... Thank you bobpalin for setting me right!

Capitol Reef National Park seems to be an area less visited. Every time I travel there, only a few visitors are around, and it is such a large area, it is easy to find only yourself for hours at a time. There are vast areas to hike. What amazes me is the vastness of the formation.

The Waterpocket Fold defines Capitol Reef National Park. A nearly 100-mile long warp in the Earth's crust, the Waterpocket Fold is a classic monocline: a regional fold with one very steep side in an area of otherwise nearly horizontal layers. A monocline is a "step-up" in the rock layers.

This image is made from where the schoolhouse is located, looking to the northwest. The autumn is a beautiful time to visit, the leaves have turned bright colors, and the temperatures are easy to tolerate.

The smaller trees to the left of the image are fruit trees, mostly apples and peaches. The original Mormon settlers were industrious and planted orchards; the settlement was known as Fruita.

To photograph this location, I chose a fixed focal length lens, in this case, one that is about a "normal" lens on a DX format camera. I wanted to keep a bit of shutter speed to counteract camera shake, but have enough DOF to keep the extended distances in focus. The 28mm has a DOF scale. I used a polarizing filter to richen the sky and remove some bright reflections on some of the sandstone surfaces.

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