Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Quail Creek State Park, Utah

Quail Creek State Park, Utah

I bet there are a few fishermen out there who would be jealous of these two enjoying a sunny winter day out on the lake!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Watchman Peak, Zion National Park




Watchman Peak
Zion National Park

This is a magical place! It surprises and delights me every time I'm there. Having a bit of cabin fever yesterday, and needing to get away for a few hours, I grabbed my camera and took off. Without having a specific place to go, I found myself heading toward Zion, as I often do. It was just about sunset when I arrived at this iconic photo op. Every time I cross this bridge I tell myself I can't shoot this scene one more time, yet I always do, and rarely have I been disappointed. This time the bridge was full of photogs and visitors, as it always is, waiting for a beautiful sunset that never happened. The sun was hidden behind a sky full of clouds and the landscape was dark and dull. A man visiting the park for the first time walked over to where I was standing with my camera and tripod set up, looked at the scene, and asked what was everyone looking at. About this time most of the photographers were packing up to leave. Finally everyone was gone except for four other photographers and myself. We waited and waited and waited, and finally two gave up and left. The rest of us waited some more as it got darker and colder. Then finally the magic happened! It was like Mother Nature was going to reward us for our patience with a beautiful show. Slowly Watchman Peak appeared to have a very faint warm glow that slowly spread to the surrounding red cliffs and then began to grow more intense. As the clouds continued to disperse revealing blue sky, a few lingering sun rays directly hit the cliffs turning them instantly into a neon shade of orange which lit up the whole scene. It was lovely to behold! Another bit of magic that happens in this place is that the Virgin river, normally a muddy river with a dull green tinge, seems to take on the color of the sky at sunset. I have photos where the river is green, turquoise, rosy pink, and various shades of blue, depending on the color of the sky.Below is a photo I took of this scene before the magic happened:

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Winter Scene in Springdale, Utah



  A drab, colorless winter scene is transformed with golden sunset light. 
(Taken near Springdale, Utah on the way to Zion.)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Snow Canyon Rainbow

Just outside Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

NOTES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS:  A polarizing filter on your camera lens will make rainbow colors pop!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Snow Canyon - January 2019

A break in the storm over Snow Canyon, Utah.
Have I mentioned that I love Utah!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Ivins, Utah - January Rainstorm

Ivins, Utah - January Rainstorm

.....and the much needed rains came to the deserts of southern Utah, creating seasonal waterfalls and a misty, magical scene to enjoy and photograph. This is 5 minutes from our southern Utah home but just out of the frame are beautiful homes in Kayenta that have this view every day.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Gunlock Reservoir, Utah

Gunlock Reservoir
 January 2019

I think watching sunsets must be a natural remedy to lower blood pressure and stress! This is what I saw last evening at Gunlock Reservoir.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Grand Canyon Overlook





Here's a few more photos I initially ignored, taken in March of 2018, but rethinking that they deserve a little love, if only to remember one of our RZR (ATV) trips last year. We rode from St. George to this remote Grand Canyon overlook. I don't remember if it had a name, but we were in Whitmore Canyon.

Sunset on Timp

I've been organizing photos from 2018 and came across this one that I had previously ignored. Maybe because I took so many photos of beautiful fall scenes this past year, this one just got overlooked, or maybe because now that all the leaves and color are gone, I needed a reminder of how much I love Utah where I can drive down a country lane 5 minutes from home, and enjoy an autumn sunset like this! (PS, I edited to crop and correct exposure, but did not increase color saturation.)

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Twilight at Sand Hollow State Park

The soft light, soft shadows and soft muted colors of early twilight create a peaceful winter scene at Sand Hollow State Park in southern Utah.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Salt Lake Temple at Christmas

One last photo to say goodbye to Christmas 2018.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Watchman Peak from Canyon Junction Bridge

Watchman Peak
Zion National Park, Utah

I know, you've seen this iconic scene a million times, but I just couldn't help myself!! Sometimes the 'photo fairies' work their magic for me! Jeff and I took a day trip yesterday and made a loop to Cedar City, then up in the mountains passed Navajo Lake and Duck Creek, then down through Red Canyon, and we ended at Bryce. I took a few photos, we ate lunch at Ruby's and then headed back via Mt. Carmel and through Zion. By then the sun was really low and by the time we started through the tunnels, the sun was setting. But when we came to the bridge, and I looked out toward this familiar scene, (that has been photographed a gazillion times), this is what I saw. I had no intention of taking a photo here, but I just couldn't resist. Jeff quickly turned off the road, I grabbed my camera, jumped out of the car, and ran across the street. I knew I didn't have time to set up my tripod, or for that matter, fiddle with my camera settings. Luckily there was a spot among all the photographers where I could set my camera on a bridge pillar. I clicked the shutter about 3 times, and then the color was gone. Luckily my camera is almost always set to take 3 different exposures with every shutter click. I combined two of these exposures and this is the result.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Sand Hollow State Park

Sand Hollow State Park, Utah

I anticipated there would be a beautiful sunset tonight, and I was right. The sky was also beautiful in the opposite direction from the sunset. This was taken at Sand Hollow State Park, about 20 minutes from our southern Utah home. (Just in case you are wondering, I combined a photo of the sky, taken with a 200mm lens, (that's why the moon is large), with a photo of the rest of the scene, taken with a 22mm lens. The colors are accurate to what I saw.)

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

St. George, Utah Visitor's Center

St. George LDS Visitor's Center in front of the St. George Temple.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Salt Lake Temple - Colorful

Another colorful photo before the sky turned dark.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Tree of Life, Draper, Utah

Tree of Life


I try never to pass up a photo opportunity!  There was someone just out of my frame, operating a drone and taking photos of this man playing bagpipes. He had a light on the ground shining up at him. I was walking by to find my own composition of the tree and decided I'd take a few shots of him as well.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Number 14!!!

Our beautiful 14th grandchild.  He weighed in at 9 lbs. 10 oz., 22 ins. long.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Temple Square Christmas -1

Temple Square Christmas - 2018

I love to take photos of Christmas lights early in the evening when there is a deep blue sky to add even more color.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Draper Temple Inversion


Draper Temple

We've had a week of gloomy winter days where the atmosphere is a mixture of fog and smug trapped in what we call an inversion. Bad air quality all the way around, but makes for some pretty moody photos.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Mt Timpanogos Temple

Taken yesterday on my travels. 
 It seems like Autumn is not quite willing to accept the inevitable and surrender to Winter!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

First Snow of the 2018-19 Season

Good Morning.  Welcome to My World!
Taken from my bedroom window today.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Images for 2019 Calendar

Here are some of my favorite places, favorite memories and favorite 2018 posts that I'm making into a 2019 calendar.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Utah Lake

The Warm Before the Storm!
I'm going to miss scenes like this for the next few months as winter rapidly approaches!  Sigh!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Provo Canyon, Utah

Provo Canyon, Utah at Sunset

NOTES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS:  Beautiful, warm sunset light opposite the actual sunset, and dark storm clouds, can make even average landscapes look inviting!  Take your camera out to shoot right after stormy weather for beautiful skies and light!



Sunday, November 25, 2018

Red Fish Lake, Idaho

Red Fish Lake, Idaho at Sunset

NOTES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS:  When photographing a landscape with a large expanse of water taking up a large portion of the scene, look for a composition that includes a foreground object or objects in the water, (rocks, boat, clump of reeds, etc.), to add interest and show depth of field.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving 2018

 Happy Thanksgiving


Today, if you can gather around a table with those people you love the most, and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast served with laughter, memories, love and respect for each other, then you are truly blessed and have much to be thankful for! I am and I hope you are too!

NOTES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS:  
No matter what type of photographer you are, it is important to spend some time using your skill and talent to help others or to provide a service.  Maybe a family you know cannot afford a family portrait, maybe you could turn your nature images into greeting cards and use as gifts, maybe you could print and frame a meaningful image to donate to a good cause, maybe you could teach a beginning photography class to children, or maybe you could create an image along with thoughtful words to inspire or comfort others.  The ways to use photography are many and additionally, you will grow in skill and character.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Autumn Meets Winter!

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter!

Some time ago I mentioned that many of my photographer friends are posting their work on Instagram instead of a blog.  I am also posting my work in IG but will continue to do both, because this blog is my personal photography journal of my favorite shots during the year.  I really appreciate my friends who continue to take a look here and especially those who comment, and I apologize for not making it to your blogs as much as I'd like to.  If you are more of an Instagram user, however, you can find me at 'karenlarsenphotography' and 'karenlarsenldstemples'.  

I usually post a photo tip, (called NOTES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS), with each image I post on IG, and decided I should do that here as well.

NOTES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS:  I've mentioned before, that placing a horizon line anywhere but dead center of the frame often creates a more visually interesting composition.  This is also true when you have a strong dividing line between two elements below the horizon.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

About Dying

Gone From My Sight 

"I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone." Gone where? Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side. And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me -- not in her. And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone", there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!" And that is dying......." by Henry Van Dyke

A dear friend passed away yesterday.  When my mom passed away some years ago, someone gave me this.  I love the peaceful image it brings to my 'mind's eye'.  (Photo taken in New Caledonia.)

Friday, November 16, 2018

Restaurant With Character

Fun Foto For Friday
"Hey Jeff....I wonder if we could find a good steak around here?"

Monday, November 12, 2018

Autumn's Fading Sun

'The summer sun is fading as the year grows old, and darker days are drawing near.....'
(Moody Blues)

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Mission San Xavier del Bac, Arizona












Mission San Xavier del Bac, Arizona
Mission San Xavier del Bac, (known as 'White Dove of the Desert'), is about a 40 minute drive south of Mission San Jose de Tumacocori, from my last post. Although both missions were founded at nearly the same time, this current building was built in 1783. As you can see, it is much more elaborate and opulent in design and decoration than the humble San Jose de Tumacocori Mission building.