“Coyote Falls” – Escalante National Monument, Utah – Joshua Cripps – Featured Photographer
Water in the desert is always a compelling image. Probably because we see a hot dry place and instinctively we get thirsty and warm. Then we notice the water and are minds are tricked into thinking our basic need for rehydration is met. Maybe this is taking it a little too far. Maybe our brains are just looking at this image and saying “Damn what a cool shot. I wish I had taken that!” Either way Josh has taken a stunning image so enjoy his story below and then please view his websites for some more “I wish I had taken that….” images. Also if you happen to be on the central coast of California this spring view his workshops page as well.
Photography Workshops: http://www.seatosummitworkshops.com/
Call me impulsive, but sometimes I’ll visit a location after seeing only a single photo of the place. The first time I did this I visited L’ile de la Reunion in the middle of the Indian Ocean, all because of an amazing photo by Yann Arthus Bertrand of something called the Trou de Fer. In May 2011 I decided to backpack through Coyote Gulch, Utah, thanks to a spectacular shot of the place by photographer Michael Anderson. This was my first southwest backpacking experience and it did not disappoint: The gulch was rife with soaring walls, massive amphitheaters, gigantic rock arches, and even a number of waterfalls. What made the experience truly unique was the backpacking itself. There was hardly a trail, per se, but rather all the hiking was done in the sandy-bottomed wash that flowed through the canyon. It’s hard to beat hiking barefoot in 80° water through a southwest desert paradise.
f/9 – sharpest spot on my lens, allows for sufficient DOF on a crop sensor
Two shots at 1/6 sec and 10 sec in order to get sharpness in the tree leaves and smoothness in the water
Lee 3, 2, and 1-stop soft GND filters stacked to use as a solid ND for a longer shutter speed
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