Kolob Canyon – Fingers

Kolob Canyon - Fingers\

Fingers of Kolob, Kolob canyon, Zion National park, Utah.

Same as the previous post in the blog, only horizontal and in color. I am curious as to which version everyone prefers…the color or the black and white? I must say, I am very impressed with HDR, now that I have finally using this technique. However, I find it most difficult to compromise between extending the dynamic range and making the photo somewhat natural. After sharpening and saturation, another battle to tune my sensibilities…

Technical Details:

Exposure: HDR at f/8.0
Focal Length: 70mm
ISO: 400
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 10.20 AM
Date: December 15, 2007

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Entering Kolob canyon

Entering Kolob Canyon\

Kolob Canyon, a part of Zion National park, Utah.

This is another photo taken as we were entering the Kolob canyons. However, unlike yesterday\’s post, this is not an HDR.

Technical Details:

Exposure: 1/750 sec at f / 8.0
Focal Length: 50mm
ISO: 400
WB: daylight
Flash: Did not fire
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Time: 9.50 AM
Date: December 15, 2007

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Kolob Canyon – 1

Kolob Canyon - 1\

Kolob Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah.

Kolob Canyons are a less-often visited part of the Zion National Park system. It is located to the north-west of the main park, just off Interstate 15. For more information these links might be helpful:
http://www.zion-national-park.info/kolob-canyons.htm
http://www.zionnational-park.com/kolob-canyons.htm

Technical Details:

Exposure: HDR at f/8.0
Focal Length: 50mm
ISO: 400
WB: daylight
Flash: Did not fire
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Time: 9.51 AM
Date: December 15, 2007

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Wild turkey

Wild Turkey\

Wild Turkey, Zion National Park, Utah.

From Wikipedia: \”Turkeys are surprisingly agile fliers and very cunning, unlike their domestic counterparts. In flight they can reach a speed of 50 miles per hour (80 km/h). They usually fly close to the ground for no more than a quarter mile (400 m). Turkeys have many vocalizations: \”gobbles,” \”clucks,” \”putts,” \”purrs,” \”yelps,” \”cutts,” \”cackles,” and \”kee-kees.” In early spring, male turkeys, also called gobblers or toms, gobble to announce their presence to females and competing males. The gobble can carry for up to a mile. Males also emit a low-pitched drumming sound. Hens \”yelp” to let gobblers know their location. Gobblers often yelp in the manner of females, and hens can gobble, though they rarely do so. Immature males, called jakes, yelp often.\”

Technical Details:

Exposure: 1/180sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 12.09 PM
Date: December 14, 2007

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Contemplation – 1

Contemplation - 1\

Contemplation – 1, Zion National park, Utah.

This photo is first of a series I\’m calling \”Contemplation\”. While waiting for sunrise over the Virgin river cliffs in Zion National Park, shivering in the cold, the eddies of water around rocks and its subtle delicate colors attracted my attention. It was a peaceful contrast to the bright almost garish, in comparison, colors of the sunrise on the red cliffs, just like the serenity in witnessing the sun rise. I hope I can convey the peaceful exuberance of those moments in this series.

Technical Details:

Exposure: 6sec at f/38
Focal Length: 120mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 8.08 AM
Date: December 14, 2007

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