Sunday, 06 November 2016 00:34

A Capital Light

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In mid-autumn the light that shines on Capitol Reef National Park can easily be described as otherworldly. There is a richness to it that seems to radiate from within the redrock itself producing an illumination that pulses across the desert. One of the beautiful locations - among many - where this can truly be appreciated is from any point near the top of the Cohab Canyon Trail looking northwest where the Fremont Gorge Overlook Trail bends around the base of its ridge above the junction of Sulphur Creek and the Fremont River and the once-thriving Mormon community of Fruita. The western escarpment of the Waterpocket Fold breathes in the waning sun and exhales a glow that warms the entire Colorado Plateau. A focal length of 78mm - very short telephoto - gave me the angle of view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth of field and a shutter speed of 1/6th second at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure. A capital light in a land of red rock.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Thursday, 17 November 2016 10:38 posted by Donald McGowan

    Hello Robert, thanks very much for joining us and for your thoughtful observations. Your description of the scene is exactly what I felt as I watched it unfold before me. I was glad to have the patience to wait for the light to reach the rear areas of the mesas. It made all the difference in the world when I compared it to several frames where it was lacking. Hope we can get together for coffee soon - next week, perhaps. Be well.

  • Comment Link Bob Sunday, 13 November 2016 06:52 posted by Bob

    I really like the way you allow the top cloud bank to accentuate the bursting through of the foreground rock mass. It sets the tone for the majesty of the scene, with the ensuing bluffs diminishing in size my spirit floats through the scene in 3D like fashion. Thanks.

  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Tuesday, 08 November 2016 00:03 posted by Donald McGowan

    Hello Everyone. The amazing Southwest adventure continues. We arrived in Kanab, Utah this afternoon to rest a bit and prepare for our excursions to Zion, the North Rim, and perhaps Paria in Grand Staircase-Escalante. It was a chore to leave Capitol Reef, but I have the feeling we'll be back.
    Hey John, thanks for your thoughtful, as always, analysis of why this image worked for you, or why you might have tried something differently. Your words are always helpful in clarifying for others what you have seen and how you have seen it.
    Hi Nancy K., Thank you very much for your kind words. I really appreciate your description of why this image has resonated with you. I hope all is well with you. I thought the top band of clouds might serve to hold the eye within the frame, so thanks for mentioning it.
    Bob, it's great to have you with us for this conversation. We arrived in Kanab today and immediately began hearing stories of the late-season crowds in Zion. Hope you were able to get some good work done in that beautiful place. I really appreciate your kind words.
    Hello Dana. Thank you very much for your kind comments. The warmth of the light in Capitol Reef this time of year is almost indescribable. The rocks do seem to glow from within. Please plan to visit there one of these days.
    Thanks, again, Everyone. Your sentiments and kind expressions help me to clarify my own feelings of why this place seemed to speak to me so clearly and strongly.
    Walk in Beauty..

  • Comment Link Dana Monday, 07 November 2016 10:20 posted by Dana

    Thank you, I am amazed that such a creation emit such a force of energy light and a force equal to warm rays of light. Sincerely Dana

  • Comment Link bob Sunday, 06 November 2016 08:45 posted by bob

    It is really gorgeous. Looks like you did better there than I'm doing in Zion. Large weekend crowd. Bus not so bad during week. Safe trip back.

  • Comment Link Nancy Kelly Sunday, 06 November 2016 08:38 posted by Nancy Kelly

    Stunning. The clarity and detail are spectacular. I love the way the clouds fade at the top of the picture so there is no clear definition at the top. This is a beautiful image.

  • Comment Link John DiGiacomo Sunday, 06 November 2016 08:26 posted by John DiGiacomo

    I am truly impressed by this image. The level of detail in the foreground, middleground and background held my attention for quite a while. With each pass through the image, I was able to focus on mini scenes within the big scene. Also the use of the bright clouds at the top of the image adds a unique quality and really makes the rocks in the top right appear three dimensional.
    Have a safe trip home. All My Best,


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