Is it finally the weekend?! It’s been a crazy last couple of weeks but I’m finally starting to spend some time looking at photos from my recent trip to the southwest. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting up with @ross_schram, @iangastonphotography, @bryanswanphoto and @trevorandersonphotography for an awesome trip throughout southern Utah and Northern Arizona, including my first ever visit to Zion National Park! The day after I got back I immediately jumped on another flight for an unexpected work trip so this feels like the first time I’m able to actually catch my breath. I might even unpack my bags today… I’m really looking forward to going through and sharing many of the photos from our trip but I wanted to start with this one that has a particular grab on me. It goes without saying that this area in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument has some pretty incredible sandstone formations. Alien like even. It’s hard not to be in awe of it all. Thanks to a last minute suggestion by Bryan to change the schedule, we were lucky to actually see some clouds that night. I was starting to forget what they looked like at that point. After some great sunset colors and as the sun continued to set, the entire area was illuminated with a glow that only the southwest seems to produce. I spent the next half hour or so literally running around with Ross trying to capture as much as we could before the glow disappeared. This alcove caught my eye earlier (actually I just followed Trevor wherever he went!) so I went back and captured the last bit of light that evening. I really loved the relative contrast on the background formation and felt that it did a good job of conveying the beauty that we witnessed that night. Anyways, enough rambling for now… I hope you enjoy it and look forward to sharing more shots from our trip!
- Canon 5DIV, Canon 16-35mm 2.8LIII, @indurotripods Stealth CLT404
- ISO100, 16mm, F11, 20s
- Shot in RAW, processed with Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop