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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Stunningly Beautiful Photos Of Zion Park's Subway

Zion's Subway - Photo by Dave Webb
The Daily Mail out of the UK has this photo essay with amazing images of The Subway in Zion National Park.

The tabloid did not send a photographer/reporter team to hike and photograph the amazing natural feature. Rather, their editors searched existing photos and published the best of the best. That's the sure way to get great photos.

It is a difficult task to take a world-class photos in The Subway. I know because I've tried it. My photos are pretty good, but are not even close to the quality of the images in this essay. To get superb images you have to be in just the right place at just the right time, to capture the subject in the best light. And that golden moment light is tricky in narrow canyons with dancing shadows.

I usually hike with impatient campaigns who, for some strange reason, want to be out of the canyon before dark. So we move rapidly, close to the end of our trek during the magic few minutes when the canyon glows like you see in the essay photos.

So, I appreciate this collection. My hat goes off to the photographers.

One of my humble offerings illustrates this blog post. See more of them here. I wish I could have used one of the photos from the essay, but I don't want to infringe on copyright. I did shoot a fun video in the canyon. You can see it here.

The canyon is so popular, only 80 people are allowed to descend it a day. Permits are difficult to come by. But I'm making plans to hike it during July, after runoff ends and the water warms a bit. Maybe on this trip I'll stumble into a magic light moment.

- Dave Webb


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