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Alan Brock
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Congratulations to Alan Brock for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 10 votes - View Previous Winners


About a month ago, I made my first ever trip to Zion National Park. All I can say is WOW! That place is amazing! Here are some of my favorite images from that trip.

And I apologize for a bit of promotion here, but the entire trip recap can be found on our blog at http://finchphoto.com/zion-national-park-a-photographic-journey/ Fair warning, it's a bit long so if you want, you can just scroll through and look at the 20 images from my trip. However, I have surprisingly found that several people have read it all the way through and seem to enjoy the description of each image.

*EDIT 12-7-13 Several members correctly mentioned a pretty severe blue hue to the whitewater in the image below, "Canyon Oasis." I have fixed this and uploaded the correction (which in turn randomly rearranged the order my images were in.) Thanks for the feedback!




"Canyon Oasis" Canon 5D Mk.III 50mm ISO 100 f/11 0.5s Warming Cir. Pol.






"Subway" Canon 5D Mk.III 31mm ISO 50 f/22 13.0s Warming Cir. Pol.






"Last Call" Canon 5D Mk.III 100mm ISO 100 f/11 1/125s






"Clearing Storm" Canon 5D Mk.III 50mm ISO 100 f/11 1/125s 2-stop soft GND






"Golden Arch Pines" Shen Hao 45 Fuji Velvia 50 180mm f/32 1.0s



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Nov 29, 2013 at 03:29 PM
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Incredible shots. All of them!


Nov 29, 2013 at 03:53 PM
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#1 is really good. I think if you took some of the blue hues in the white highlights it would be even better.

Great shots!



Nov 29, 2013 at 05:34 PM
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Number 1 is an amazing shot. Excellent composition and the colours just grab you.


Nov 29, 2013 at 06:10 PM
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Great series. I can't decide which one is my favorite. Thank you for sharing.


Nov 29, 2013 at 06:22 PM
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All awesome shots! I especially love 1 and 2. The warming polarizer has a great effect.
-Matt



Nov 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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Oh man, got me even more excited for my trip there next year. Great shots! 1 and 4 are probably my favorites.


Nov 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM
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Thanks for the words of encouragement everyone!

-@johnnygator #1 was actually my favorite image from the trip. I have plans to print that one large. I will definitely go back over the water before printing though. Thanks for the critique; always helps having another set of eyes to check out everything! Sometimes I go a little blind after looking at my own images for too long.

-@matthewh133 I don't know if you've been before, but it's an absolutely stunning place; you will love your time there!



Nov 30, 2013 at 02:12 AM
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Just awesome! I love #1(agree about toning down the blues in the water). Your subway composition is among the best I've seen. Very well done, Alan!


Nov 30, 2013 at 02:22 AM
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Hey Alan,

Cool shots here. I agree with the "white" water should look more white in #1, like it does in #2 for reference. My favorites here are #2 and #4.

Jim



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You brought home some great Zion images.
My favorites are 3 and 4 because the clouds and the light in both really make the shots
I think you should tone down the sharpening a bit in #4
I like the last one a lot too - is that from the Kolob Canyon area?
Bob



Nov 30, 2013 at 02:09 PM
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Thanks for the feedback Bob! I still struggle a bit with getting the proper sharpening for web. And yes, the last one is from the Kolob Canyon area; it's the Double Arch Alcove at the end of the Taylor's Creek hike. That's such a peaceful part of the park!


Nov 30, 2013 at 02:34 PM
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Alan, I am so happy to see such a wonderful series of the shots from Zion and Bryce Canyon ( yes, I went through your travel blog ). Very impressive indeed. To be honest with you, I cannot decide which ones are my favorites, because they all look great! Keep posting, Alan.

Kee

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Nov 30, 2013 at 04:58 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement Kee, and thanks for reading the blog! That was quite a bit to go through. I enjoyed seeing your images from Bryce over the past few weeks. Excellent work!


Nov 30, 2013 at 07:31 PM
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Very, very, very well done work. Makes me want to go even more than I already wanted too.

Mike



Nov 30, 2013 at 09:43 PM
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Breathtaking!


Nov 30, 2013 at 10:53 PM
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Your color is outstanding. I hope I can achieve these results someday. Next purchase will be a warming polarizer.



Dec 01, 2013 at 02:18 AM
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Thanks USM IS and Lapdog!

brian09223 wrote:
Your color is outstanding. I hope I can achieve these results someday. Next purchase will be a warming polarizer.


If you are shooting digital, I'm pretty sure the same effect is achievable with a normal circular polarizer and adjusting the white balance. The only reason I have a warming polarizer is because I also shoot film and wanted some extra warmth when shooting in shaded areas. One tip if you do decide to go with the warming variety: never shoot in auto white balance. The camera will just cancel out the warming effect. Either take a custom WB before placing the polarizer on the lens, or use one of the presets. My first two images, when I used the warming CP, I had my camera set to "shade" WB.



Dec 01, 2013 at 02:57 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · A Week in Zion National Park


wow
really great
the first three are ones that i would have been more than happy to have shot.
im going to have to get myself out there one of these days



Dec 01, 2013 at 05:38 AM
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wow truly fantastic series!
featured thread of the week for me



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