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11-06-2012, 07:55 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Some new Southwest Images

I just got back from a ten day photo trip to the Southwest, taking images mostly in Zion NP, but also around Page, AZ (White Pockets, Antelope Canyon), and Bryce Canyon. Here are some of the images I've been working on thus far...hopefully a couple more to come as well...all are shot with the Pentax 645D


"The Subway" -horiz, Zion NP, 35mm A lens, ISO 200, f/22, 15 sec. exposure




"The Subway" -vert, Zion NP, 35mm A lens, ISO 200, f/22, 15 sec. exposure



Cascades on the way to The Subway, Zion NP, 35mm A, ISO 100, f/16, 1/2 sec., used a cokin Z 1 stop grad ND filter on the top of the frame to balance exposure



"The Crack" on the way to The Subway, Zion NP, 35mm A, ISO 100, f/22, 2 sec exposure, also used a 1 stop cokin grad nd to balance the 'hot' top left corner.



"Golden Narrows" horiz, Virgin River Narrows in Zion NP, 25mm D FA, ISO 100, 1.6 sec exposure, f/16



"Golden Narrows" vert, Zion NP, 25mm D FA, ISO 100, f/13, 1.3 sec exposure. This is a 2 shot vertical pano




"Zion Narrows Waterfall", Zion NP, 45mm FA (5 shot pano), ISO 100, f/22, 1.6 sec exposure



"Lower Antelope Canyon" in Page, AZ, 25mm D FA, ISO 100, f/16 (HDR exposure bracket 1/30 sec, 1/2 sec, 2 sec, approx)



"Lonely Tree", White Pockets, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, AZ, 80-160 FA at 130mm (two shot pano), ISO 200, f/13, 1/15 sec. exposure

11-06-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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Great shots.

#5 and #8 are my favorites.

Thank you very much for sharing.
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Excellent photos. I was at Zion years ago and in Page more recently. I went into Antelope Canyon and took some photos, but I sure didn't come out with anything that nice. Thanks for posting these.
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Wow, these are superb! I think "Lower Antelope Canyon" is epic. Thanks for sharing these fine images.


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These are wonderful images!!! I was really scrolling down, enjoying the image along with the detail, looking at the images, more than thinking how they were taken. Then I saw the notation for the 2 shot and 5 shot panorama with a 645D. I would think that any of these would make an extremely nice print....

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I love the foreground in the Golden Narrows (vertical) shot - it's somewhat mesmerizing!

That view of Lower Antelope Canyon is also really great - that's a view I haven't seen from there before (or maybe I have, but you've just done it so well). The way you bring out the richness of the colors, details, and shape is really something. You're obviously doing good PP here. I guess it also shows how the D FA 645 25mm lens' high price tag (relative to "legacy" lenses) is not without merit.

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You know, my wife and I did the Narrows years ago right before we got married, and your breathtaking pictures really bring back the memories . . . Since I bought my 645D I have been dreaming about taking it there and do what you did. They are fantastic images you got there!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by interested_observer Quote
These are wonderful images!!! I was really scrolling down, enjoying the image along with the detail, looking at the images, more than thinking how they were taken. Then I saw the notation for the 2 shot and 5 shot panorama with a 645D. I would think that any of these would make an extremely nice print....
Large prints --that's the plan!

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Excellent photos. I was at Zion years ago and in Page more recently. I went into Antelope Canyon and took some photos, but I sure didn't come out with anything that nice. Thanks for posting these.
There were way too many people in Antelope Canyon for comfortable or productive photography (and I was in the less popular Lower canyon during midweek). So, I pointed the camera in the one direction where the stupid humans would not ruin the shot --up!
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I love the foreground in the Golden Narrows shot - it's somewhat mesmerizing!
That view of Lower Antelope Canyon is also really great - that's a view I haven't seen from there before (or maybe I have, but you've just done it so well). The way you bring out the richness of the colors, details, and shape is really something. You're obviously doing good PP here. I guess it also shows how the D FA 645 25mm lens' high price tag (relative to "legacy" lenses) is not without merit.
This has been the first photo trip I really used the 25mm much, and it's growing on me. VERY sharp up to about f/16 I'd say, with significant diffraction by f/22 (more noticeable than with the 35mm, but partly because it's much sharper at f/16). The 25mm D FA and 35mm A are about equally sharp, or maybe a slight edge to the 35mm at f/22.
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Nice image of the Narrows. Too often photogs over-saturate that scene.
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Just beautiful, TFS.
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Superb and inspiring stuff!
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Beautiful photos. The Lower Antelope Canyon shot is a unique take on a subject now fairly-well photographed - absolutely love it.
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Excellent series showcasing these classic locations very well. I like them all, but especially the first one & the last two.
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