Continuing a series of posts from a trip to the Southwest United States, this is from a stop in Monument Valley, UT. Without a doubt, this was one place I knew was going to be a bucket-list place to make photos. Being that it is in so many movies, it is almost instantly recognizable as the American West. The initial photo is from John Ford Point named for the director of many movies in the Westerns genre. This was above all the most tourist-y place in the park, but having a rider on a horse in that setting is worthy of a cliche image.
From a photography perspective, there is a pleasing combination of colors here. On one hand the clear blue skies complements the red sands of the rock. With the dry desert air, there is no haze to contend with making all the images sharp right out of camera.
The Grand Canyon is one of the oldest National Parks and a regular stop for vacationers. Earlier this year, we had a chance to tour the par. Of course the magnificent views are what I remember from my first trip there years ago. However, I remember my father saying how impossible it was to capture the views in photos. With this in mind I tried to do my best with my updated skills in photography. By all means, I am not an expert at landscapes. But I still made lots of photos inspired by the magnificent views from the canyon rim.
Sunrise from the Canyon Rim
Since we arrived in the early evening, I planned to get up before the sunrise. A typical photography tip is to get up before the sun to see the sun slowly rise over the horizon. Given that these conditions usually produce the best colors, and having the canyon below, I thought the possibilities for memorable photos was high. Of course my instincts were incorrect! Shortly after the sun started to rise, I found my error. With such a large rift into the ground, the sunlight could not hit the lower elevations until it rose higher in the sky! This is just one small detail that makes this landscape unique. However, it was not long before the sun came out and produced some spectacular views!