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The Watchman and Virgin River

Photographers who go to Zion National Park probably end up with dozens (or even hundreds!) of this quintessential view of the Watchman. How can we resist?! It was overcast and drizzling when I got this shot but I added a few textures to age it a bit and I ended up with something a little different.

Slow Motion River Reflections

Photographing reflections is so much fun because you never know what you’ll get. At first, you probably won’t even see them but once you shoot a few, your eye becomes trained to recognize reflections immediately and you’ll start looking for them everywhere. The colors here are from the blue sky and green trees with a slight bit of orange from the canyon walls. I like shooting both to freeze the motion, which gives a glass-like look, and using a slow shutter speed such as this one. Tip: The best time to get good reflections is very early or very late in the day. This is a hand held shot of Virgin River at .5 second and f/22.

Zion Cottonwood Impression

Of course I had to include at least one intentional camera movement image 🙂
Very old Cottonwood along Virgin River.

Virgin River Reflections

You don’t need much water for reflections. Virgin River in Zion National Park.

Watchman Textured

This week, The Digital Photography School posted a helpful tutorial on how to add textures to your images. CLICK HERE. Adding textures is really easy in either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (I recommend version 9) and although it can be trial and error, it’s always fun.

It reminded me of an image from last October of the Watchman and Virgin River in Zion National Park. Because it was an extremely overcast day, a straight photo would have been disappointing so I visualized the scene with added textures and shot it with that purpose in mind. I’m really happy with the result!

Soft Water

It was overcast for much of our time in Zion National Park but there was just enough light to make the muddy Virgin River and rocks glow with the reflection of fall colors.

Canon 180 Macro, ISO 100, f/32, 1 second.

Watchman and Virgin River

The weather did not cooperate for my shot of the Watchman at Zion National Park so I shot in HDR once again. I might not have the sunset shot everyone strives for but I really like how this turned out!