Crested Butte, Colorado
The title (pronounced: chill-bi-li-tah-ni-zho-nee) of this photo is in Navajo and roughly translates to “Beautiful Flower”.
These delicate flowers along the mountainside in beautiful Crested Butte, Colorado are the perfect foreground for this dramatic sky. The mountain flowers of Colorado come for but a season, but add even more beauty to an already amazing landscape!
To capture this shot, I had to ensure two things:
1. That my shutter speed was fast enough to freeze the flowers flowing in the breeze
2. To make sure that I exposed the image to the highest degree in the foreground without over exposing the sky. The resulting image was then completed in Lightroom by pulling back the highlights and increasing the shadow exposure.
Image Code: A031
Red Rock Crossing
When photographing Red Rock Crossing, it is very helpful to bring a pair of waders… or at least a change of clothes in case you get wet. That’s because there are so many fascinating compositions available, but the best ones can be found by exploring in the river on foot.
In this shot I set my tripod between these two rocks and used a neutral density filter to allow a long shutter speed, blurring the waters motion. By waiting for the perfect moment when the setting sun washed Cathedral Rock in light, I had captured an image that became a real keeper.
Image Code: A021
The Watchman Mountain
Zion National Park, Utah
The final light of day shown on the great watchman mountain, highlighting its dramatic power over the landscape! The Watchman is a fitting name for this mountain. It stands prominently at the gate of the parks main entrance – like a protecting force, welcoming in all visitors.
The powerful Virgin River flows through Zion canyon and past the foot of the watchman, and acts as a strong foreground for the image. This is a prime spot for photography and it is directly off the road near the parks entrance.
Don't miss this amazing shooting location!
Image Code: A091