|Fresh snow in Oak Creek|
|West Fork, Oak Creek|
|Fresh snow in Oak Creek|
|West Fork, Oak Creek|
|Frozen Grand Falls (Muddy Falls), Arizona|
If you ever get a chance to hike the Narrows it is an amazing look at mother nature in all of her glory. The light in the Narrows at various times of the year and day are simply breathtaking! Warning! Before you hike the Narrows check the local weather and with the "Outfitters" in the town of Springdale for flash flood warnings, flow rate, water temps and level. Unfortunately fatalities occur in flash floods, such as the one in late September of this year. Please be safe! Also wear some decent hiking boots or even tennis shoes. I see so many people hiking the Narrows in flip flops. The rocks are extremely slippery and the water current can be quite quick. It's pretty easy to loose your footing. Use a hiking stick! It really hurts to hit the rocks and water face first. Ask me, I did it, ouch!!!
|"Floating Rock" Zion Narrows|
I have hiked the Narrows several times and this shot has eluded me every time until last month. I guess patience and persistence pays off!
|Chuck & Serena at Zion Narrows September 2014|
I hope you enjoyed these photographs of one of our favorite places to visit and photograph. Thanks for your visit!
|Intercloud lightning using Nikon D-800 1/20sec f/2.8 70mm with 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens RRS tripod/ballhead|
I purchased the Lightning Trigger LT-IV from Stepping Stone Products, LLC , Dolores, CO, USA. This lightning detector is a bit more expensive than others on the market at $369 USD. In my humble opinion you get what you pay for and this unit works and works very well! Before I get started you cannot be too safe around lightning. Read and heed the safety instructions that comes with this unit. There have been 24 known fatalities caused by lightning in the United States as of this date 2014. Please be safe!!!
My only complaint with my unit is Stepping Stone Products took one month from my order date before I received my detector. To be fair to them I probably ordered it at the height of the monsoon season, I'm sure they were plenty busy building & shipping units. Make sure you give them plenty of time for your order.
I tested my unit at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon the first week of September, 2014. At one point I was shooting next to another photographer shooting with a Nikon D-700 and a Stepping Stone Products, model LT3 lightning detector. I have to say that my Nikon D-800 was being fired off almost continuously compared to his. Much of the reason was intercloud lightning that is pretty much impossible to see in the daylight hours which is when I was making the comparison. My first photo shows what intercloud looks like at night. No lightning bolts visible, just a flash between clouds. Their new detector LT-IV is extremely sensitive and according to their website will detect lightning up to 40 miles at night and 20 miles in daylight hours. Here's a link to their website, http://www.lightningtrigger.com/indexLT3.html. When ordering make sure you include what model/make camera you will be using with their product in order to receive the correct triggering cable with your unit.
|Zap! Nikon D-800 1/20sec f/2.8 70mm with 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens RRS tripod/ballhead|
|Nice one! Nikon D-800 1/20sec f/2.8 70mm with 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens RRS tripod/ballhead|
|Ball lightning! Nikon D-800 1/30sec f/2.8 70mm with 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens RRS tripod/ballhead|
|Sunset at the south rim of the Grand Canyon|
I'm sorry for my absence. I have been extremely busy. In the last month my computer crashed. I lost my Samsung SSD, it took me awhile to send it in and get a replacement. Then I had to reload my computer. Not much fun but it's up and running again finally. We hiked the Narrows in Zion National Park for two days. At one point I tripped and fell face first in the water and rocks. Ouch, that didn't feel too good. In the process I lost a compact flash card with all 416 photographs from those two days or so I thought. Luckily I had my camera set to duplicate the photos onto my SD card. It took me a week before I realized this, I would have been heart broken had they been lost.
I have some great photographs coming up for you as soon as I process them all. I also received my lightning detector which I used at the south rim of the Grand Canyon. I'll have a report on that and what I think of it.
Please be patient. I am off later this week to photograph the fall colors in the Eastern Sierras, then off to Southern Utah for hopefully the same. The leaves are changing color very quickly this year, hopefully we'll be able to catch them in a couple of good places.
In late November we will be visiting White Pockets in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. A little prayer for some good light and weather would be appreciated for these trips.
I have been trying in my spare time to learn Photoshop and the luminosity masks that so many photographers are using these days. It will happen!
Thanks for looking!