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Utah Rocks

I think there is no place better to see some amazing rocks than Utah. This was taken in Capitol Reef National Park.

I think there is no place better to see some amazing rocks than Utah. This was taken in Capitol Reef National Park.
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People's Choice in Red Rocks Photo Challenge
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twhamill April 11, 2018
Congrats on your People's Choice award in Red Rocks Challenge! Great photo.
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november April 11, 2018
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november April 11, 2018
Nice job!

Behind The Lens

I took this photo while traveling in Capitol Reef national park in Utah, on a beautiful November day.
I took this in the middle of the day, usually not a good time for photography, but we were there and it was a beautiful place and just had to stop for a photo!
The sun was behind me and lighting up the red rocks and making them glow. Usually the middle of the afternoon is not a good time for lighting, but in this case it eliminated any shadows and brought out the colors.
I used my Sony A65 and this shot was hand held at 1/1000 exposure, 24mm focal length, f/5.6, and and ISO of 200
It is hard not to be inspired while traveling in the National Parks of Utah. We came around a bend and saw this fabulous scene in front of us, and there was even a pull off right there--or I would have insisted on stopping on the side of the road!
I did not do much processing. I use picassa and just worked with the contrast a bit.
In my camera bag
I kind of like to travel light, so usually leave my big lens-the 150-600 at home. I have a 28-300 lens that I love as my "do everything' lens for traveling. I do also have a 16-55 with me that I can use when something wider is needed. I keep my polarizer and a split neutral density filter with me also.
I can only recommend that every serious scenery photographer should visit the National Parks in Utah. I was there in the early spring a number of times, and this photo was taken in November, less crowds and better temps during those times of year. Each park is different and beautiful in it's own way, and the scenery between the parks is also fantastic!

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