10X30, 13X40, 16 1/2 X 50, 20X60, 24X72, 28X84, 30X90
Camera: Canham 5x7 metal field, 6x17cm panoramic film back
Film: Fuji Provia 100F transparency 120 roll film
towers of the virgin sunrise Panorama, Zion National Park, Utah
I find Zion National Park an amazing photo location for intimate landscapes. The details are unique and impressive. Sandstone, fall foliage, running water, reflected light. That is what draws me to visit this unique southwestern park. However, there are a couple of iconic locations that many photographers are drawn to. The Towers of the Virgin, which is an easy to reach drive up location is one of them.
During my recent visit to Utah, I decided to take part in the sunrise ritual of photographing this icon. Given the lack of clouds in the forecast, and propensity toward unmanageable contrast found in canyon areas, I chose to arrive well before sunrise in hopes of capturing the pre-dawn glow of atmospheric light. As the sun approached the horizon, its rays reflected off of the atmosphere, painting both the sky and sandstone cliffs in a palette of light rarely seen by non-photographers.
The early wakeup call was worth the effort. As I enjoyed the light show, appreciating the opportunity to experience nature's finest light, I exposed a couple of frames of panoramic film. I can now share the beauty of this magic moment with those who slept in that day. This is The Fine Art of Nature.
Enjoy the View!