I can honestly say that Zion National Park has always intimidated me from a photography standpoint. It’s a beautiful location where you’re surrounded by an abundance of canyon walls and sights that truly humble you just by being in the presence of them. The last time I visited Zion was in February of 2017, and it was primarily a hiking and camping trip. This time photographing the diverse landscapes of Zion National Park was my goal. 

I say that Zion intimidates me from a photography standpoint, because there’s really no obvious location to shoot. There are some, but their popularity and obviousness almost kills all the fun In shooting them. So Zion makes you work for every composition you come across. It probably won’t workout on the first try, but eventually the light will be good enough to take the image. 

On my first day of shooting I decided to explore the eastern side of the park. I quickly realized that the goal of shooting here would be to capture an more intimate and dare I say, an abstract image? After a good two hours of hiking and searching, I came across this beautiful canyon wall with these lines of various colors, and it really stood out to me. This was my first and only image, but I was quite pleased with it. 


Check out my video from Day 1 of my 2018 Zion trip.

One Final Sunrise, An Incredible Journey | THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD & LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY #10

It was time to say goodbye to Death Valley. What began with uncertainty, blossomed into an amazing weeklong journey exploring the various breath taking landscapes of Death Valley National Park. I definitely look forward to returning one day.

I had one final sunrise shoot, and I decided to return to the Salt Flats of Badwater Basin. I had the idea to try photographing with one prime lens, which was fairly wider at 21mm. 

My first composition of the morning focused on the colorful sky looking east. 


I recomposed and faced a mountain and it's almost illuminated peaks. The foreground interest was still dominated by the salt flats, but this time I chose to reposition my tripod higher up. This was my final image in Death Valley.