I’ve been talking with a few people about offering a landscape photography workshop next fall and hopefully more to follow. I mentioned the idea to a fellow photographer and we both agreed it would be a fun trip with or without camera equipment. Fortunately we both brought our gear and captured some amazing images. We set out across I-40 and then down to Sedona Arizona. Unfortunately we were given some bad directions and nearly missed the sunset. If were not for amazing low light capabilities of our Nikon equipment we might not have captured anything worth posting. When we started walking back to the truck it started pouring rain and the security for the park was waiting to lock the gate. Luckily we cleared out and all was fine. The rain turned into a snow storm and changed our plans dramatically. Our sunrise was not to be since the storm clouds blocked out the sun. Our 5am wake up was for nothing, but the day did present some awesome sights. We went to a high vantage point and captured some great panoramas. Even the snow couldn’t ruin the amazing views Sedona has to offer. We found an area almost untouched by the storm and captured some great fall colors and a small stream that really photographed beautifully. I recently picked up a Singh-Ray Vari-N-Trio filter and I must say I am very happy with it. However the way I plan to use such a filter I would rather have the Vari-ND because I do multi-shot panoramas, and the polarization causes the sky to change colors.
Here are some of the images we captured in Sedona Arizona.
After leaving Sedona we drove to Monument Valley Utah, we were so caught up in the beauty of the fall colors in Sedona we missed the golden hour at Monument Valley but we did capture a few images from just outside the park. While we were taking our sunset images we were approached by some locals offering a photo tour the next day. The rates seemed a bit steep at $150 per person so we said we would think about it. We checked into our hotel and asked about getting a guide and if they recommend anyone, however the hotel staff was very unhelpful, only offering that we should look up the companies on our computer. So we had dinner and went to sleep. After getting up at 5am only to find out you cant gain access to the park without a guide was very disappointing. We finally had a local approach us and offer a much better deal of $150 for both of us. We spent 3 hours with our Navajo guide Dean. He drove us throughout Monument Valley and gave us a wealth of information about the park and Navajo tradition. Then we found another guide to take us into another area you can’t get into without a guide, this place is called Mystery Valley. I still like Monument Valley the most, however Mystery Valley did have much to offer.
Here are some images of Monument Valley Utah
Our trip took us to Dead Horse point and Arches National Park, however some bad food and a severe snow storm cut it short and we decided to head home. To give you an idea about the storm, Moab Utah is in the middle of Utah on the far east side of the state, we drove from Moab to St. George Utah and the storm never let up. The storm was headed east opposite our direction and it took 5 hours before we saw the sun. We were glad to be home and I learned that a 5 or more day workshop is tough with 2 people. So I am thinking a 4 day workshop will be just about right for next fall. If this trip seems like something you would like to be a part of, please send me a message and I’ll keep you posted.
I used a Singh-Ray filter as my only filter on this trip. They used my story on there blog here: Blog Story
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