Back to black and white. I photographed this image in the middle of my last afternoon at Capitol Reef. Who says you can’t create a good image in the middle of the day. It was a beautiful afternoon. The overhead sun lit up the Henry Mountains as well as provided nice shadows in the valley below. I had the point all by myself. It was a wonderful and peaceful feeling. Looking down at the cliff walls and valley below, I was experiencing over 100 million years of history. Human existence is pretty insignificant in the scheme of the natural wonders of our planet. Let us all protect it for future generations.
I recently completed a workshop with John Barclay and Mitch Dobrowner at Capitol Reef National Park, Utah. This view is from a plateau cliff overlooking a valley 400-500 feet below. My knees were shaky as I got near the edge. My tripod saved me. First, it was a nice brace to have between me and the edge. And second, there was no way I could have hand-held a shot with my wobbly knees.
My focus for this workshop was to work on my black and white skills with Mitch Dobrowner. However, when I saw this variety of color, I could not pass the opportunity to share this experience in color.
The view from Skyline Point was breathtaking. It is a 270 degree panorama of a colorful unearthly landscape. The point is a sheer cliff falling down to the valley down below.. Approaching the point, one has no idea that the plateau stops abruptly to this scene.