Saturday, March 19, 2016

Yant Flat Fins and Shell: Picking the Best Photo

Fins and colorful sandstone Yant Flat Utah
Yant Flat fins leading to the Turtle Shell
After taking 600 pictures in one location on one day, I am often faced with the challenge of choosing the best picture.  I have a soft heart when he comes to the pictures that I have taken and 10 to lungs them just like a lovely children.  Each one is different but it is hard to choose one over the other.  Nevertheless I know that is part of the photography process that must done and I try to force myself to practice this by choosing a photograph each month that is my best effort.  I have a gallery called the "photo of the month"filled with these that goes back to my early photography days.

I choose this particular photograph overall of my others because I like the composition.  As I was wandering around Yant Flat I saw this particular group of fins and try to align them headed towards the yellow hill in the background.  I like this composition.  As the sun would come out, I walked over to this area on 3 different occasions to get it with different clouds and different lighting.  I just had a strong feeling that it would be the best composition of the day.

Back at home looking through my photos, I still liked this.  It is very unique and I think captures a very beautiful moment with the lovely blue sky with fluffy clouds above.  Therefore it is my pick of the month.  I hope you enjoy.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Yant Flat Sunrise over Candy Cliffs

Yant Flat near St. George Utah
Yant Flat Sunrise Bursting over Candy Cliffs
Yant Flat at sunrise is a dream come true.  The sandstone colors glow in the morning rays of sunshine.  Winter is the best time here because of the southern exposure of this sandstone slope.  I drove out in complete darkness.  I began hiking with headlamp but was able to turn it off after about 45 minutes of walking/hiking because light began filling the sky.

Yant Flat is a broad area.  Like White Pocket or Coyote Buttes, you can explore and discover new things in several directions, some quite far away from the main section.  My destination was the so-called "Candy Cliffs" located east and lower than the main area.  I've also heard this called "rainbow ridge."  Hiking down these cliffs is a bit treacherous because there are no trails and some steps are steep and irregular.  Ankle sprains are the type of injury easy to incur.  Using my tripod as a walking stick, I made it down here without harm.   I even made it before the sun!  (It seems I'm often racing the sun or waiting for it to do something.)

These photos are from the candy cliffs just at the moments of first sunshine.  Those low clouds in the picture above hid the sun for a while and then allowed it to poke through again.
yant flat sunrise at candy cliffs, Utah
Colorful Candy Cliffs
Rocks and Candy Cliffs of Yant Flat
Waiting for Sunrise at Yant Flat
Yant Flat Utah Sunrise
Candy Cliffs with Sandstone Tower

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Mount Kinesava Sunset

Mount Kinesava with cactus and sunset
Mount Kinesava Sunset
The Chinle trail in Zion National Park has been overlooked by me for years.  I know it existed but had felt the motivation to trek there.  This trail is sun exposed and lacks the encircling canyon feeling for which Zion is famous.  Instead this is open desert.  Mount Kinesava is the beautiful monument standing for everyone to see.  I figured a winter visit would be best for photography because the southern-facing mountain would receive more lighting at sunset.

I hiked here in late November, getting up on the Rockville bench before sunset.  However I found that the cloud color and lighting got better just after the sun set.  Using my Lee neutral gradient filters, I took this and several other photos to capture this fantastic light.