MY FIRST OFFICIAL PHOTO SHOOT – Part 1
As I packed my photography equipment and made my final pre-shoot technical checks, my heart began to race realizing I would be leaving the next morning for my very first official photo shoot! Oh sure, I’ve jumped into the car and ventured to the beach to photograph the sunset. I’ve even planned an early drive to the mountains for a summer sunrise. But, this would be the first trip out of the state for the specific purpose of photographing Zion National Park in southern Utah. We would be gone for four days, spending 2-3 days inside the park with the remaining time used to experience the local flavor of southern Utah! Yes, we were very excited!
Arriving late in the afternoon, we could already see the beauty as we approached the lodge at the park’s southern gate. Thinking I would get an early start, I awoke before sunrise only to discover a Zion daybreak arrives much later than I had anticipated. In fact, we had plenty of time for a hearty breakfast at Oscar’s before we entered the park. (Time for a quick restaurant review: Oscar’s = Great Food!!) With the sun still sleeping, we decided to make a stop at the visitor center for information and water.
With our supply of water in tow, we headed out for our first of several hikes! We found the beauty to be utterly incredible beyond description! The varying hues of blue in the sky were spectacular, each different depending upon the time of day. As well, the mountainous rocks were at times aglow with an unimaginable reddish cast typical of the southern Utah landscape. As you can see from the photos, using my circular polarizing filter (click here to see my photography tip on filters) only enhanced what was already breath-taking scenery!
It was a long, but great first day and sunset was rapidly approaching along with a blanket of clouds in the distance. It was time to retire the camera for the day and head to one of the great local eateries in the area. Having peeled off at least two layers of clothing, we landed in a local restaurant called Wildcat Willies!
Remember that blanket of clouds I mentioned? You’ll see what that does to Zion in Part 2! Don’t miss it!