Friday, October 24, 2008

Getting lost pays off!

Arches was packed full of people this morning so I thought I'd work my way up to check out Canyonlands NP this afternoon. I decided on backroads route that I thought was passable and would connect me with the park. It turned out to be an extremely rugged road that seemed to go on forever. As luck would have it, I ended up here... at an amazing overlook of the Colorado River. Instead of backtracking (the road is too rough and steep to continue) I decided to stay and shoot at dusk. It was one of the most spectacular evenings I've ever had shooting landscapes, and there was not another person anywhere around. Life is good!

EOS 1Ds mark III; 17-40mm or 24-70mm
Singh-Ray Gold n Blue polarizer. long exposures after the sun had set!


  1. I hope you used your GPS/iPhone to record where you were so you can find it again!

  2. Anonymous11:13 PM

    Batman in the Badlands!

    Just a guess but was that the road that runs below Deadhorse Pt. and then switchbacks up into Canyonlands?

    You're killing me! Keep it up.


    P.S. Love the bubble rocks. Fantastic!

  3. Anonymous1:04 AM

    Shot #3 is great.. love the way the clouds meet at the peak.

  4. Anonymous10:58 PM

    Holy photo op Batman! More great shots Ethan.

    Keep safe.

    Rob L.

  5. Anonymous2:05 PM

    Cool blog, and great photo Ethan!

    Looks like I just missed you - I spent a few weeks in the Moab area just before you got there - I even traveled down this same stretch of road along the river!

    Happy Travels!


  6. Hi Ethan, maybe you have posted this - but what white balance setting do you typically use with the Gold/Blue Polarizer? Looks like you are having a great trip out there.

  7. Hey Mark,
    I shoot in auto white balance and correct it when I'm making the RAW conversion in Abobe Camera Raw(ACR). The Gold n Blue can really shift the WB to some wacky colors, but it's very easily fixed. There's an eyedropper in the top left of the ACR box to pick a middle grey subject. I often use that, select a spot in the photo that should be neutral, and presto the white balance is bang on.
    Before I figured this out, I often had wildly off-color results with the colored polarizers.