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Autumn forest and slickrock wall, Zion National Park, Utah 2011

October 27th, 2011

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM__0.7 sec at f / 16__ISO 400

Last week, I was photographing in Zion while traveling with my family.  I returned to a favorite location and was thrilled to find favorite red maples in fine autumn dress.  My kids loved the spot, and they spent about an hour burying each other in the sandy wash. I climbed around the steep slope opposite the trees and slickrock wall, looking for good compositions.  There was a breeze, so with each framing, I waited and watched for the leaves to stay still.  Here is one of my favorite versions from that afternoon.

I am continuing to process images from my trip, so come back soon to see more new work.

Enjoy!   Bill

I have also attached a 4×5 film image, taken from the same location in 1985.  Back then, when using Ektachrome 64, I used an 81A filter to counteract the blue balance.  This accounts for some of the color difference, as does later stage of the maples and oak’s leaves.  Ultimately, color is a matter of taste.  I “feel” far more than “think” when I create and process my images, and sometimes the interpretation of the same locations can very different.  I have learned to trust my instincts more than second-guess them.

Red maples and slickrock, Zion National Park, Utah 1985

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4 Responses to “Autumn forest and slickrock wall, Zion National Park, Utah 2011”

  1. Both are great, nice work!

  2. Oh, Bill, these make me want to cry, they are so beautiful and the colors so delicate.

  3. A lovely place for sure. Was there last year an will head back to check it out this year to. But not until Nov 7 maybe to late but hey always nice to see the place.
    Funny we have bee shooting the exact same spot :)
    I must say i like the old picture better. Nicer light in that one.

    My picture from last year can be seen in the link below.

    http://grandimage.net/image.php?ID=46&category=Intimate&page=18

    Take care!

  4. Thanks for your comments!

    Yes, this is a special place. Photographed red maples here in 1985 and 1987.

    Did you find the petroglyphs there?

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