Rainbow Bridge is the largest known natural bridge in the world. Spanning 275 feet across, and 42 feet thick at the top, this towering work of natural art is quite simply breathtaking. Considered a sacred location by Native Americans, natural bridges are very rare, whereas arches can be more common in the western landscape. Carved by a unique chain of events over millions of years, water sculpted this massive icon of the southwest landscape into this present day National Monument. If you would like hike up to and underneath this Rainbow made of stone, join us on our Landscape Photography Workshop in May at Lake Powell, Utah.
Lake Powell Slot Canyons are one of the best-kept secrets of the southwest landscape! Imagine hiking a canyon that’s only 3-4 feet wide, hundreds of feet tall, and is beautifully sculpted by tens of thousands of years of erosion.
Lake Powell slot canyons can go on for miles, with a new and beautiful view around every single corner. A warning to those with a camera: you may run out of film/memory. !!
These particular Lake Powell slot canyons are found in Labyrinth Canyon and lower Antelope Canyon (upper antelope canyon is probably the most photographed slot canyon in the world). As part of our May Landscape Photography Workshop, we travel to the canyons that no one else gets to see, and where you’ll be free to make images unencumbered by tourists.
Labyrinth Canyon has always been my favorite slot… you can tell why from some of these images…
Because Lake Powell slot canyons are so amazing, and are so visually intense, we often devote an entire day of our Landscape Workshop itinerary to exploring and photographing these magnificent and unique geologic features. And while it’s true that the main potential hazard in any slot canyon is from flash floods, the monsoon season isn’t until June and July, plus we always check the weather ahead of time via a real-time satellite weather device to confirm that there is no inclimate weather anywhere nearby while we’re hiking. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is whether or not you brought enough batteries and memory cards. !!
If you would like to explore Lake Powell Slot Canyons for yourself, fill out an application for our upcoming May Photography Workshop. But get it filled out and turned in ASAP, as we only have a few spots left on this amazing trip through the southwest landscape. !!
Hole in the Rock is one of the hikes we do during our May Landscape Photography Workshop at Lake Powell, and the history of the hike is as interesting as it is visually. !!
Hole in the rock trail was made famous by a mormon expedition in 1880 that used this steep 1200 ft. (400m) descent (with slopes up to 45°!) as a shortcut to their destination. They moved 250 people, 83 full sized wagons, and over 1000 head of cattle! You really have to hike this to appreciate the gravity (pun intended) of this undertaking. After spending months blasting areas and hand chiseling anchor points into the sandstone, they used ropes, men and oxen to lower their entire party (also using wooden tracks supported by posts drilled into the sandstone). You can see in some of the photos above the original anchor holes, as well as stairs that miners later cut into the rock.
Hole in the rock is impressive, and offers a beautiful view of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area from the top, yet it’s only one tiny point of interest during our week long trip through some truly amazing locations.
Sign up (while you still can) for our May workshop, and you can hike this amazing trail yourself.
Find more interesting and helpful articles on the Dynamic Photography Blog.
Lake Powell Night Photography is one of the most exciting ways to capture the desert landscape. Take an already amazing location, and add wild fill light, and the milky way above – and you’ve created something magical.
Of course Night Photography Tips can be used more places than just Lake Powell… anywhere you can get away from the city light. Where I first learned about night light painting exposures back in the 90’s was from a photographer working near Barstow, CA, photographing abandoned and stripped out airliners. He would use a camera flash with different colored gels to turn an old piece of trash metal into a glowing orb of awesomeness.
Lake Powell Night Photography Tip #1: Experiment with fill light! The green you see in the image above was from a 4′ long submersible green fluorescent light made to attract fish at night. It also makes an awesome fill light, especially when contrasted with a color like the orange glow of a campfire.
If you don’t have a 4′ light, you can improvise. Bring a large mag-lite, and use colored gels over the lens to literally ‘paint’ things in the image, while the camera is on a tripod, the lens is opened for 30 seconds (less if you want to have people with no blurring… unless they are REALLY good at holding still), and play around with the exposure settings. ISO of 400-800 is a good place to start, and maybe a stop or two down from wide open. If that’s greek to you, consider coming to our workshop… I’ll give you a crash course in how to get the best out of your camera.
Also, when ‘painting’ in light, remember to leave some parts dark… too much of a good thing, is well, too much. And one of my other favorite things to do is to walk into the composition during the exposure, and turn the flashlight bulb to the camera, and move it in sweeping motions, producing spectacular light trails in the image.
It’s like anything… the more you do it… learn what works and what doesn’t… the better you’ll get. The most important part is just to keep experimenting.
Stay tuned for more Lake Powell Night Photography Tips. !!