How to take an Amazing Photo! – Canyonlands National Park , Moab, UT
Step 1) Plan an 18 day road trip through the national parks of the western United States.
Step 2) Stay in an area such as Moab that is surrounded by beauty and national parks.
Step 3) Wait until the coldest day of the trip and get up way earlier than you need to.
Step 4) Drive an hour in the dark and miss your turnoff several times because you have trouble reading a map in the dark.
Step 5) When you finally get there make sure you forgot something that would have made you a lot more comfortable in 10 degree weather. In my case it was gloves, but a hat, scarf, shoes would all work.
Step 6) Wear shoes that absorb water like a sponge when you hike through the snow. Your extremely cold feet will make you forget you didn’t bring gloves. This works until you have to hold a metal tripod and camera in your hands and then you forget about your feet.
Step 7) Once you get to your planned shot, say hello to the warmly dressed local photographers who somehow made it there before you. If they ask you about your missing gloves tell them you are from north of the Arctic Circle and you didn’t think 10 degrees warranted breaking out a pair.
Step 8) Set up your shot and then feel free to move around and check other angles. I am always amazed how other photographers seem to cement their tripods into the ground during their photo shoot. Not me! I move around like a madman.
Step 9) Talk to the other photographers about other interesting places to photograph in the area and be the last one to leave the site. You never know what opportunities might happen so stay alert.
Step 10) Arrive back at the hotel and start the rest of your day with a smile… and dry shoes, of course!
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