Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Watchman - Zion National Park

The Watchman

By the time I arrived at this very popular location for landscape photography in Zion National Park, it was dark.  Usually the bridge where this view is seen is packed with photographers and their tripods, as well as a second group waiting for their turn to photograph this iconic scene.  When I arrived, the last photographer was packing up his gear.  It had been a beautiful sunset, and I had missed it.  I sat in my car wondering if I could make it back here while the trees were still adorned with the beautiful, bright green leaves of spring. I didn't know when that would be, so I got out of my car, and decided to shoot a couple of images anyway.  The good news was that I had my pick of anywhere on the bridge to stand as I was the only one there.  The bad news was that it was dark and I couldn't see where I was going or what I was doing.  I knew that to capture any of the remaining light I would have to keep the shutter open a fairly long time, but even so, didn't think I'd get anything worth keeping. I took several shots exposing for different parts of the scene.  I was surprised when I downloaded the images, that by combining parts of each exposure, I was able to bring out much of the detail in the shadows.  I was surprised at how many warm colors were still present even though the sun had set long before.  I often talk about how a camera can't record as much as the human  eye can see.  In this case, the camera saw a lot more than I did!

8 comments:

Mersad said...

There really is a lot of detail in the shadows, and the long exposure helped with the overall look of the images. I like it a lot. The colors are fantastic and the mood captivating.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

This is one of the most beautiful images I have ever seen. Really! It simply speaks.
I'm so glad you decided to give it a go. Well worth the effort. Bravo, Karen!

Sandra said...

what the camera saw after sunset is simply stunning and amazing. so glad you tried it..beautiful Karen

janc@mac.com said...

That is truly one of the most images you have ever captured, second only to your picture of Timp in fall.

Anita Johnson said...

Isn't that something! I too have been amazed at what light my camera can capture late in the evening. I love this photo of Zion...one of my very favorite places! beautiful shot!

Robin Lamb said...

Karen, I'm glad you decided to go ahead and shoot! It's a beautiful image!

TexWisGirl said...

how incredibly beautiful!

Montanagirl said...

That just took my breath away! I'm not sure how to describe how it made feel when I saw it - It's almost surreal. Wonderful photo, Karen!