Friday, 18 January 2019 14:36

Eye to Eye With a Partiarch

Turning up canyon on Floor of the Valley Road from Canyon Junction, the first trolley stop you come to (after Canyon Junction) is Court of the Patriarchs Viewpoint. If you can convince yourself to climb a bit higher up the somewhat steep hillside behind and above the overlook, you reach a vista from where, looking across to the opposing canyon wall, you are nearly face-to-face with the magnificent visages of the Court of the Patriarchs. And if you can manage to arrive just before the first light filters into Zion Canyon from over the slickrock behind me to the East, you may find a real treat of a lightshow staring back at you as the awesome Navajo Sandstone gathers and reflects the coming rays.

A focal length of 255mm narrowed my angle-of-view and magnified the great walls a bit. An aperture of f/14, given the camera-to-subject distance, provided depth-of-field; and a shutter speed of 20.0 seconds at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure. Including the tip of the shaded hill on my side of the canyon, with the settings just mentioned, allowed the hill to be nearly a silhouette, the contrast serving as an anchor for the bottom of the image.

We are loving this amazing park to death. New regulations on the use of tripods have made a photographer's work more challenging. I am grateful to have been able to visit often when movement was much easier; still Zion remains a great favorite.


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