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Images Of 2016

My favorite images from 2016. I enjoyed the adventure of capturing them all for my website Dawn2Dawn Photography   Looking forward to a great 2017. Happy New Years everyone. Watch in HD at full screen. Music is “Stranger Still” by Vetiver and can be purchased at iTunes

 

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Best of 2014 Images

Set to music by Beck (Blue Moon) whose latest album, Morning Phase, is the best of 2014 and can be purchased at iTunes. Watch in HiDef at Full Screen. You can purchase these images as prints at Dawn2Dawn Photography

Maybe Beck will purchase one!

 


Autumn Photo Workshops At Zion National Park

I will be conducting personal, 1 on 1 photography workshops at Zion National Park on Wednesday October 22nd, Thursday October 23rd and Friday October 24th. Fall is the best time to photograph in and around Zion National Park.  Zion is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Las Vegas and only 6-7 hours from Southern California.  I am offering half day ($175) and full day workshops ($295).  Contact me with further details. I will consider small groups. I will bring you to those places where you have the best chance to capture the ultimate image. You will also learn how to turn those images into works of art with camera technique and post processing in Photoshop.  Below are recent mages I’ve taken at Zion during the fall season.  Click on image for larger view.

Autumn In Zion

Kolob Aspens

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Zion's Fall Color

YNP COYOTE CROSSING ROAD

Zion Fall Color

Kolob Aspens

Fall in Zion

Virgin River Fall Color

YNP COYOTE CROSSING ROAD

Zion Rainbow


Photo Of The Week- Macro Sunflower

Have you really looked at a sunflower closeup?  Looks like stars or starfish around a scoop of beluga caviar. I used an extension tube, not my 105mm macro lens. The extension tubes are cheap and allow you to get in really close. They attach between your normal lens and the camera body. Kenko extension tubes come in a set of three and are available at B & H Photo where I buy most of my photo gear.  Excellent customer service.  Click on image for larger view. This image can be purchased as a print or downloadable file at Dawn2dawn Photography

Sunflower Macro!


Do Not Stop At The Bar Before Viewing North Rim

At the North Rim of The Grand Canyon sits The Grand Canyon Lodge which of course has a bar.  The bar is less than 100 feet from the rim. And at night, the rim has no lights and very steep drops into the abyss.  And with a thunderstorm approaching, the mood reminded me of one of those scenes in Apocalypse Now.  You better watch and know where you’re going. These images were captured last Thursday. Click on image for larger view.

North Rim Grand Canyon

I doubt he went to the bar.

North Rim Grand Canyon

That ledge is leaning towards the left.

North Rim Me_1114

He’s playing it smart, not too dangerous!

North Rim Sunset

Thankfully there are rails at this point. The bar is very close.

North Rim Sunset

North Rim Sunset

Another peaceful Grand Canyon Sunset

North Rim Sunset

The lodge is perched on the edge and storm clouds are brewing

North Rim Sunset

Another peaceful Grand Canyon picture

North Rim Sunset

The night is falling

 

North Rim Lightning

The first of many lightning strikes. DO NOT hold onto the rails.

North Rim Lightning

A composite of three lightning strikes

North Rim Grand Canyon Under a Half Moon

The storm passed to the west and a bright moon lit up the canyon.


Zion’s Amazing Narrows

It’s September and time to make the trek up the Virgin River at Zion National Park, Utah.  The water was warm and refreshing on a 95 F degree day.  I lugged 2 cameras, 2 lenses, a tripod and my hiking pole amongst other gadgets and some energy. If you’ll be doing The Narrows yourself, you can rent the necessary gear at Zion Outfitter. In case you missed it, see the time lapse video from The Narrows by clicking on link Narrows Time Lapse.   Following are the images I captured. Click on image for larger view.

 

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

 

 

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

 

 


Get Off The Beaten Path!

Don’t drive on the interstate if you can enjoy a stressless ride through the countryside. That’s where I get a lot of my best photos. Taking the long way home. On my trip to and from Yellowstone, I decided to check out rural Idaho and Utah. Click on image for larger view

 

Utah Farm Road

 

Utah Grain Silo

 

Rural Utah Highway

 

Idaho Wind Farm

 

Idaho Wind Farm

 

Idaho Train Track

 

Idaho Farm

 

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Uinta National Forest

 

Utah Peaches

 

Utah Highway Storm_0372

 

Utah Farm Sunset

 

Utah Farm Sunset

 

Utah Farm Road

 

Utah Farm Sunset

 

Utah Farm


Yellowstone’s Amazing Waters- Hot and Cold

Yellowstone National Park is a wonderland of waterways. Living in the parched desert of Southern Utah, I was jealous of the vast network of waterfalls and rivers that are ubiquitous in the park. During my recent trip to Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons, I was amazed how green and lush the landscape was. And don’t forget the hot waters from springs that generate a myriad of colors from the bacteria that flourish there. Click on image for larger view. To purchase prints of these images and the latest go to What’s New!

 

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Yeloowstone's Moose Falls

Yellowstone Lewis River

Yellowstone Grand Canyon

Yellowstone's Lower Falls

Yellowstone's Lower Falls

Yellowstone' Mammotth Hot Springs

Yellowstone' Mammotth Hot Springs

Yellowstone's Trout Creek

YNP Elk River_2285

Yellowstone Firehole River

Yellowstone Firehole River

Yellowstone Firehole River

Clepsydra Geyser

 


The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful – More From The Grand Tetons

I arrived at the entrance of Grand Teton National Park around 2pm. I asked the ranger if the heavy cloud cover would lift. You could not see The Tetons at all. Like a conservative weatherman, he said the chances were 50/50. I drove in and around the park and basically bided my time for conditions to improve. And finally the clouds began lifting along with my spirits. I did start at Schwabackers Landing where the skies began to brighten. See Previous Post .

The GOOD is that the cloud cover was lifting. The BAD was that I dropped my camera onto the sidewalk trying to set up around sunset. I was in too much of a hurry and the camera wasn’t properly secured to the ball head.  I shot these images and the ones in my previous post in about 5 hours, so I was moving fast. Too fast. The camera worked fine but the lens was hard to zoom. I guess it could have been worse.  The Tetons were exhibiting major mood swings by this time,  just like I was. THE BEAUTIFUL- The photos below that I took after the accident! Click on photo for larger view.

Grand Tetons

Flowers at The Tetons

Teton Sunset

Teton Reflection

Grand Tetons

Teton Reflection

Teton Sunset

Tetons Jenny Lake

 


You Can’t Take A Bad Picture Here!

Schwabacker’s  Landing, just east of Grand Teton National Park at Jackson Hole, is one of those places that produces iconic images of the Grand Tetons. On a still day, the reflections in the beaver ponds are a photographers dream. Add in some clouds and great light, you just hope your batteries don’t go dead. Below are still photos from last week. A companion time lapse video can be seen here –  Teton Time Lapse Video

 

 

Teton Pond Reflection

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Teton Pond Reflection

 

Teton Pond Reflection

 

Teton Pond Reflection

 

Teton Pond Reflection

 

Teton Pond Reflection

 

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Teton Pond Reflection

 

Teton Pond Reflection

Teton Pond Reflection

 

Teton Cattails

 

Teton Pond Reflection