Zion in black and white
I’m feeling badly about this month’s challenge, and owe an apology to my compatriots to the north and down under. Pretty thoughtless and self centered to declare this Kodochrome month while we’re in Color Country and most folks are still stuck with a pallet of grey, white and brown.
Oh well. What’s done is done. As penance, I’ll constrain myself to a black and white feature image from our visit to Zion. I hope you appreciate the gesture.
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13 response to "Zion in black and white"
Love the picture. It doesn’t need color.
Thanks, Laura. That’s what I thought too. I’ve long been an admirer of Angel Adams’ photographs. Black and whites can give such a dramatic affect.
Don’t encourage him. I love color!
Doing penance in black and white, eh? But don’t worry, our handicap has made us all the more creative. So easy to take a picture of splashy sedimentary pipes in Kodachrome Basin. Just kidding, your pictures are a treat!
What your challenge for this month has done is bring out the creativity of many of us ;’-). No penance needed. Any of the challenges always make it fun for me even if I find only one to add ?. Thanks for all you efforts Scott.
Kind of you to say, Nancy. I guess I’ll go back to using color again now.
Someone told me once when they go camping, they “rough it” — only have a black and white TV. ?
Enjoying all your posts and photos.
I see you did the Angles Landing hike 33 years ago — not for me!
Got the cold sweats just watching a video of a hike up there.
Hiking Angel’s Landing was one of the highlights of my life. It’s no wonder that it’s such a well known hike, but you’re right about how precarious it feels. I was much younger then, and like most guys not aware yet of how badly things can go wrong. It’s a wonder so many men survive to old age.
The black and white looks great, but I think you could go to Zion, aim your camera at those walls of rock, put your hand directly over the lens, snap the picture, and the photo will STILL turn out amazing. Zion is THAT awesome and your photography is THAT great.
Thanks for the cool technique tip! With luck we’ll get a second chance to see the park before we leave, so I can test it out and report back.
What gorgeous photos – glad you could return. I backpacked the East Fork of the Virgin River with my best friend from uni in 1998. That trail goes through slot canyons where we had to swim our packs, etc. At the time, before the internet, it was quite unknown and we had the whole thing to ourselves (it starts in BLM land, then you hike out of the canyon at Checkerboard Mesa). Truly amazing – I imagine it’s crowded these days like everywhere. The most amazing thing was that my friend, my parents and I all met in St George coming from different directions and transport modes (I took greyhound bus from CO, friend drove down from Moab, parents flew in to Las Vegas and drove) and we all managed to meet at the pre-arranged time and place. Bit of a miracle when Greyhound is involved and no way to keep other parties up to date since it was pre-mobile phone.
That would have been an amazing experience walking the river back then. It didn’t fit with my trip plan then, but it did pique the imagination.
The secret was to do the East Fork which was mostly not in Zion, not the North Fork… but I’m sure there are no secrets anymore with the internet. It was a fabulous experience – and the only time I’ve ever hiked naked (because we were wet most of the time, and our big packs covered much of us… it just seemed easier).