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Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon National Parks

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by emptysensor, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Virginia
    Joe
    Some shots I took out west a couple years ago. Everything with GH1 and 14-140 lens:

    Zion -

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    Bryce -

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    Grand Canyon -

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  2. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Wow, incredible shots!
     
  3. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks for the teaser Joe. I'm heading over that way in later on this year for a Contiki Holiday, I'm excited to see the Grand Canyon since seeing these pictures.

    The guy on the horse on his mobile made me smile.
     
  4. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Nice - loved the storm over the canyon.
     
  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    These are stunning. My favorite is the 3rd to last - I love the way the people add scale to the incredible scene.
     
  6. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Virginia
    Joe
    Thanks everyone. This was my first time going to national parks, and it was amazing. I found out how enjoyable it can be spending time with my family, seeing amazing scenery, getting plenty of exercise, and of course taking tons of pictures. This was the trip that caused me to buy into m43, and it was an excellent fit. We flew into Las Vegas, and made a loop around Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and back into the city. Wish I had enough money to do something like this every year.
     
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  7. The drive from Bryce leaves nice options. Leave via the tunnel and drive to Escalante, Utah and from there toward Lake Powell. It as if one is driving the canyons with a personal vista around every curve. You'll drive the southern most part of Capitol Reef National Park. From there head south towards Mexican Hat only to take the Utah 261 Mokee-Dugaway to Mexican Hat. At that point you are within an hour and change from Monument Valley.

    A daughter and I did this drive in September starting in Death Valley Junction then heading east.

    Enjoyed your photos. Numbers five and six are my favorites.
     
  8. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Virginia
    Joe
    Thanks. Since there seems to be some interest in these, I added a few more. We went through Escalante also, possible the same route you mentioned, but I'm not completely sure. As with the others, all GH1/14-140

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    Bryce -

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    One more Grand Canyon -

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  9. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    Some nice shots. Can I add some of mine from Zion and the Grand Canyon?
     
  10. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    Absolutely beautiful! My husband and I have talked about a trip to the Grand Canyon in the near future. Your photos make me want to see it more than ever now. I can't pick a favorite, they're all spectacular.
     
  11. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Virginia
    Joe
    Thanks. The Grand Canyon is a great place to see, but make sure you reserve a place to stay way in advance. I think we had to get a place about a year in advance. Same goes for Zion and Bryce.

    Meyerweb, I think it would be great to add anyone else's pics from the same places to this thread, or even all National Parks. I had searched for a National Park image thread before I started this one and couldn't find one.
     
  12. toddsmith23

    toddsmith23 Mu-43 Rookie

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    May 18, 2011
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Really nice work!

    May I ask what type of post processing you did, if any? I'm trying to learn more about taking good landscapes, and would appreciate any tips!
     
  13. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    Thanks Joe. Here are a few from the Grand Canyon. The shot of the bridge technically isn't the Grand Canyon, but it is over the Colorado River, east of the Canyon. I drove over that bridge while heading to the north side of the Canyon.

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    I was there after a long drought, and water levels in the Colorado were very low. Yes, the water really was this green.

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  14. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    These shots are all from Zion:

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  15. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Virginia
    Joe
    Those look great - I especially like the bridge shot. On our way to the Canyon we went through Page, AZ and saw the Glen Canyon Dam. The water there was a similar green color, not exactly something I'd like to swim in.

    Todd, I didn't do a lot of processing on these shots, but some. I used jpg's and made adjustments in Nik's color efex pro, normally the pro contrast filter for a "normal" look or the tonal contrast filter if I wanted something a little more dramatic. I have the Nik complete collection so I can also do other types of processing if I want. I really like Silver Efex, the B&W module. I run Nik within Lightroom. If you wanted to start with some processing I'd recommend starting with Lightroom, and if you feel you'd like to do more you can add the Nik stuff later. I started off saying I was only going to take jpeg's straight out of the camera, but once I got a taste of being able to tweak things more I do just about everything in raw and I process with Lightroom/Nik.
     
  16. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    IMHO, the North Rim is much more scenic than the South.
     
  17. Simply stunning images!
     
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  18. BSH

    BSH Mu-43 Veteran

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    I'd be very curious to see a comparison of straight OOC JPEG versus the processed version. Beautiful images.
     
  19. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Virginia
    Joe
    Unprocessed on left, processed on right. I've heard the North Rim is really nice too, maybe someday I'll be able to go back and see it.
     

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  20. toddsmith23

    toddsmith23 Mu-43 Rookie

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    May 18, 2011
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Wow - subtle tweaking makes a big difference, doesn't it? Thanks for the tips, I think it's time for me to invest in Lightroom. And a trip to the southwest!
     
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