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Light in the Narrows

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 5 November 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I walked for 7 1/2 hours yesterday in the Virgin River, which flows through the Zion Narrows. It was an exhilirating, breathtaking, and very, very tiring day. I wore special dry pants and shoes, and in addition to my tripod, carried a big walking stick. Camera safely stowed away in a dry bag in myh daypack. I cannot count the number of times I opened that dry bag to take the camera out, get it on the tripod, and make another image. And were there images to be made! WOW!

I am one tired but happy woman tonight! Zion has all of my sense on full alert. If you ever get a chance to come here, do it in the fall. The summer crowds are gone, you can drive wherever you want to (they require you to ride a shuttle through Oct. 31) and most of the visitors are other friendly photographers!

NIKON D90 8/5 seconds F/16.0 ISO 250 48 mm (35mm equiv.)

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marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

absolutely beautiful! the light in the shaft is gorgeous - I love the colors in Zions!

5 Nov 2010 7:04am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

You had to spend an extraordinary day! This photo is splendid. 5 * Nice day.

5 Nov 2010 7:18am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Wonderful light, lovely capture!

5 Nov 2010 9:26am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

A classic canyon scene of the southwest. Very nice saturated color. I am impressed at your ability to walk all day. You must be in great shape. Do you go on these adventures by yourself, or was this with a group?

5 Nov 2010 10:14am

@Julie Brown: Hi Julie, since my husband is still working, I do most of these adventures alone. I really do like taking photo trips solo. I find that I can focus more on creating my images that way. And I always meet nice folks along the way. Here in Zion, especially, there are a ton of great photogs. I met several in the river and walked with some of them for a bit. I am pretty independent - always have beem - and reallhy prefer traveling alone for the most part. Maybe it is also selfish! I can set my own schedule. :-)

myky from London, Canada

So beautiful!

5 Nov 2010 3:07pm

Candais from Lisieux, Canada

Beautiful image and I enjoyed your story...I'm with you, alone is usually better for the soul

5 Nov 2010 3:25pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


5 Nov 2010 3:26pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

if this is the fruit of your day's labor, it was not in vain! what a stunning image - the colors, the setting, the composition ... i like them all!

5 Nov 2010 3:30pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Beautiful images, today and yesterday. Well done, indeed!

5 Nov 2010 6:07pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Love that defining shaft of light! Wonderful contrasts!

7 Nov 2010 5:24pm

8/5 seconds
ISO 250
48 mm (35mm equiv.)