Category Archives: Valley of Fire

The Watchman in Zion National Park

The Watchman is one of the great locations to shoot in Zion National Park. On the brisk fall morning that I captured this image the wind was whipping through the prairie grasses and creating a nice motion blur in the foreground and the rising sun was setting the sky on fire. Shooting manually at F/11 there were a variety of time exposures and ISO combinations that I tried and this exposure at 1/15th of a second at ISO 1600 is the one I liked the most.  There is nice motion in the foreground without losing all of the detail.

Watchman - Zion National Park

Watchman – Zion National Park

After a little exposure and highlight adjustments in Camera Raw I processed this image using Topaz Clarity, then Tonal Contrast in Nik Software. At this point the image looked great but the sky looked a little grainy so I selected the sky and used Topaz DeNoise to remove the grain.

Watchman - Zion National Park - Raw Image

Watchman – Zion National Park – Raw Image


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A simple desert road sign

From time to time everyone needs a little desert.

When you out hiking in the desert everything is a little simpler a little slower. Often there are no real paths but if you take bring a good map and take your time enjoying your surroundings you will see the wonderful road signs left by other hikers. Some of the road signs were left by recent hikers and are less than a hundred years old while other signs were left by cultures long past.

A Simple Desert Road Sign

A Simple Desert Road Sign

Southwest Slot Canyon Workshop     Nov. 8 -14 2013

$1295  Limited to 9 Students

The Southwest’s slot canyons with their sculptured sandstone walls shaped by water and wind over thousands of years provide photographers with the Southwest’s most sought after photographic images. In the fall when the sun is lower in the sky the muted red and purple tones are breathtaking. We will start this workshop in the Valley of Fire just an hour from Las Vegas which has wonderful slot canyons, one of which has wonderful pink walls and another canyon has some of the best examples of native American petroglyphs in the southwest. We will be staying in Overton for the first two nights before heading to Utah for an overnight stay at Zion National Park before heading to Page Arizona for two days of shooting in wonderful sandstone canyons that feel as spiritual as any of Europe’s wonderful old cathedrals. They will take your breath away.

In the Fall slender shafts of light penetrate the narrow canyons and bounce soft light off the rock walls casting wonderful muted colors against the  sandstone walls. In this workshop you will learn how to capture these images and improve your compositional and technical skills.

My friend and fellow photographer Craig Osterloh will be working with me on this a photographic adventure.

What’s included in my tuition:

Tuition includes fieldwork, guiding, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions, transportation during the workshop, Navajo guides  and entrance fees onto the Navajo reservation and park entrance fees.

What’s not included in my tuition:

Airfare, lodging and meals are not included.

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