I’ve been going back through all the photos from this last trip, searching for pictures I may have missed. I’ve found a few, but it’s always the case that most of those I don’t catch on the first pass are just good not great shots. I like this image but I want you be the judge of that. Please give your honest comment below.
I recall being a bit late getting up for sunrise on this particular morning. It was a hike up to the top of a ridge in an area I had mountain-biked the day before. The beautiful light arrived before I made it, so I turned around and set up right down on the slickrock, shooting back towards where I was camped.
The dawn light was very pretty, but there was also a lot of contrast. So I wasn’t sure about the quality of the image. Also there was the fact I was on the way to somewhere else. I try not to let that influence my opinion of a shot, but sometimes it does.
After I spent some time editing this to subdue the contrast, trying to make it look like what I saw that morning, I saw it was a nice shot. I’m happy with the image mainly because it captures the feel of this place: long curving striations of the Entrada Sandstone sweeping away and merging together in the broken and juniper-dotted background.
It’s an area that, while known by serious mountain-bikers, is off the radar for landscape photographers. And the area around Moab, Utah certainly draws its share of photogs.! I worked pretty hard there to find a half-dozen or so relatively unknown areas, at the same time taking the opportunity to do more mountain biking than I had ever done before at Moab. Have a great week everyone!