Narrow Glow

Narrow Glow

One of the most amazing hikes in Zion National Park is The Narrows. Once Willie, Yan, and I donned on our drysuit pants, neoprene socks and canyoneering shoes we trudged 9 miles up and down the Virgin River through this beautiful slot canyon. In the morning the suns rays bounce off the red rock walls, causing them to glow with beautiful color.

After finding the end of Wall Street we hiked back towards the beginning and found some beautiful light, which we photographed for a while. Another photographer had already been there and informed us that even though it was still only 10:30am, we had missed the good light back at the end of Wall Street. We didnt believe him so we raced back to the end of Wall Street only to find out that he was right. We went in search of some more of the good light, which seemed like it was further towards the beginning of Wall Street.

On our walk back towards the beginning we found this small section of canyon wall that was just glowing with beautiful orange color. We stopped and used the water flowing around the rocks as a foreground element.

Dont you hate when you come home and find out that you partially ruined your shots with something as stupid as focusing slightly too close Even at f/10 the canyon walls are slightly soft here because I focused on the rock super closer to the camera, causing a DoF issue with the back walls. Oh well, Ill have to go back sometime

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S:
29mm, f/10, 3 sec, ISO 400
BW Circular Polarizer

Aaron M Written by:

Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.