Archive for June, 2011

Slot Canyons

June 26, 2011

For anyone who has ever been interested in photography, the key to any great photo is made up of several elements–of which the most important is light.  Lighting can make or break your picture….it means everything.  For instance, if you shoot in the mid-afternoon, the strong light creates harsh shadows on your subjects and has the effect of making colors dull and less true-to-life.  If you shoot too late in the day (sunset, etc.), the subject gets lost in the background, noise and pixels become a problem, and details are lost.  Perfect lighting conditions therefore are hard to come by, but exist when cloudy days arrive (the clouds act as a natural diffuser and softens the light), using natural reflectors (buildings/mirrors/reflectors that help bounce light onto your subject), and in my case–slot canyons–where focused beams of light gently light surrounding canyons and rocks like glowing cryptonite.  Light means everything, and the slot canyons are a perfect photogenic spot not only because of the light, but also because of the details found within the caves created from years of wind and water chipping away at the rock.

Mama light beams

So much detail…

Light beams and sand beams

Cool spirals

Baby light beams

Just awesome light and cave details

Random openings

Beam us up, Scottie!

And more rocks!