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Deep within The Narrows of Zions National Park. The cliffs tower 1500 feet on either side of you.

Deep within The Narrows of Zions National Park. The cliffs tower 1500 feet on either side of you.
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Jason_Hayes April 04, 2016
Wow!
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MickAlicic May 09, 2016
Stunning! Voted in Covers.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken while hiking the Narrows in Zion's National Park. I was an advisor with a large group of Boy Scouts. We had stopped to take a break so I took the opportunity to extract my DSLR from 2 waterproof bags and step back into the middle of the Virgin River and create this image.
Time
We donned our water shoes and hiking sticks and embarked on our predawn hike upstream in the Virgin River. This shot was taken several miles into the hike, in one of the shallower areas of the gorge.
Lighting
In that we were deep in the narrow canyon most of the lighting was perfect. However, there were was narrow beams that managed to make their way to the bottom of the canyon.
Equipment
This was shot with my Canon 30D and 24-105 F4L lense.
Inspiration
The sheer height and color of the canyon walls made it nearly impossible not to take the time to setup and take this shot.
Editing
This image was processed using LIghtroom. Mostly color enhancements, lights and darks and some contrast.
In my camera bag
Because we were hiking in water and the waterproof bags were small. I elected to only take my Canon 30D body, sans battery grip and a single lense.
Feedback
Hiking the Narrows can be an exhilarating experience. Because 98% of this hike is in the water, including some deep pools we needed to swim through. We chose to rent the water shoes and walking sticks and I, a couple of waterproof bags. I was able to strap the bags around my chest and hanging from my neck which left both hands free to use the stick to balance my self on the rocks in the river. The rocks are very slick and the current can be swift.

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