Road Trip through Utah, Part 2

This is the second part of the story of my Utah Road Trip. Part one is available, here:

Having spent the previous day roaming around both inside the park, and its environs, day two was devoted to exploring the shuttle stops that I missed the first day. Each stop is the home to several trailheads. The trails vary from overnight to a couple of miles, and a few are suitable to children, while others require technical skills.

The first ‘European” settlers in the area were farmers. Just looking at the terrain puts me in awe of the hardships that they overcame.

One of the most impressive views, for me — from a shuttle stop, without hiking — is the Court of the Patriarchs, below.

Left to right: Abraham Peak, Isaac Peak, Mount Moroni, Jacob Peak (nearly hidden, to the far right. I don’t know the name of the large white peak in the background.

The following are random shots. All were made with a Nikon D7000, handheld. In most cases, the lens was a 24-120mm, f3.5-5.6. It’s a somewhat maligned lens, usually my people who are using it for the wrong purpose. For this type of photography (backpacking or hiking, where you need a variety of focal lengths, and can’t always zoom with your feet, and where the relatively slow and variable shutter speeds are not a problem, it is the perfect lens (for me). Post processing in LR4 — and since these images are for me, and not a client, they may seem a little over-saturated, to some viewers — and that’s okay, because that was my choice. At the end are some B&W images, a few from outside the park.

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Shane Thompson Great photos Paul. I absolutely love Zions and the entire Colorado Plateau. I really am quite lucky to live close enough to shoot there from time to time. This part of the country was made for super-saturated colors. Back in the day I loved shooting here with Kodak E100vs and Fuji Velvia 120 rollfilm in my RB67. I would underexpose a half to a full stop and use a polarizer and would end up with some really vibrant reds and dark blue skies. If you have never seen the book “Plateau Light” by David Muench it is really worth checking out, some amazing photos of this area.

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