Sunday, October 26, 2008

Freedom 35

I nicknamed this trip "Freedom 35" (yesterday was my 35th birthday).... a takeoff from the Canadian sitcom Trailer Park Boys which you'd have to watch to get the reference. [no drug deals financing my trip, however]

I'm in Canyonlands NP now and just had a chance to catch up on processing some photos from the last 2 days to kill time during the harsh midday light.

Photo 1: Star trails near Canyonlands NP.
A 45 minute exposure using that fancy (albeit expensive) Canon cable release that has the timer, etc built in. Makes shooting long exposures a breeze!
EOS 1Ds mIII; 24-70mm @ 24mm; ISO 800; f4; 45 minutes

Photo 2: Sunrise from Gooseneck Overlook.
This is what I woke up to yesterday morning for my 35th birthday! I hope it looks ok... it was tough to do the post processing in my van.
EOS 1Ds mIII; 70-200 + 1.4x TC (shot at 280mm); ISO 200; 1/15s @ f16; Singh-Ray warming polarizer plus 3 stop hard edge ND grad (4x6") handheld in front of the lens

Photo 3: As I was looking for a campsite last night in the La Sal Mountains near Moab, I stumbled across this big desert scene bathed in surreal light.
EOS 1Ds m III; 70-200mm (at 95mm); ISO 200; 2.5s @ f18; Singh-Ray Gold n Blue polarizer and 2 stop hard edge ND grad


  1. Ethan, Love the Gooseneck Overlook shot

  2. Anonymous10:52 PM


    First of all Happy 35th! Have a bottle of zin on me - ha! Great shots, sounds like your having a blast.


    Rob L.

  3. Happy Birthday Ethan! What a great way to spend the eve of your b-day. That sunset is amazing! as are your photos too :) Janice

  4. Anonymous1:01 PM

    Fabulous shots, Eth. I love the sunrise, and the stars, and... Keep on keeping on. JJ

  5. Ethan - Happy Belated! I wish I was there with you. I'm itching to get behind the camera again after seeing your wonderful shots. I'm hoping to get out to that area one day soon.

  6. Anonymous8:21 PM

    Your photos speak volumes and your processing is fine even if you are cramped into a van, happy shooting

  7. Anonymous11:09 PM

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Clint, Melissa, Coen and Bun-In-Oven.

  8. Anonymous7:18 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday!!

    All I can say is 'WOW'! Freedom 35sounds like it starting just fine.
    You must be ecstatic knowing that you are living your dream! Keep safe.