Hi everyone and welcome to today’s post. A confession is in order for today. All the focus I have been placing recently on social media has kept me from keeping up with my regular blog posts. I have been essentially letting the blog “slip through the crack”. When I started the blog several years back I was not sure exactly where I was going to take it. It kind of morphed, on its own, into a kind of photo technique/presentation/travelogue. It takes quite a bit of work to prepare the images and write the stories. Some days the stories come fairly easy and on others its like pulling eye teeth. But that, as they say, is the way it goes. Or as a young man I know phrases it, “it is what it is”. My concentration in the social media circus involves regular postings to Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rhclphotography, and Google+ at https://plus.google.com/108965164133793342297/posts?hl=en. You can also find my work at WhyTake Photography at http://whytake.net/Profile/RobertClark/0000002190. Here you will find a lot more of my images along with a small story and a “How I Made the Shot” explanation. These are very quick reads for most folks and they have an immediate effect. So you might ask why I do not publish here first and then link out to these sites. I could of course but most people will not leave the confines of Facebook or Google+ to go to another page. It is not laziness on the viewer. These other sites present the images well and it is easy to provide a “Like” or a +1 and even comment right from the comfort of those pages. But fear not as I will continue to provide content to these pages. This site is still the front door for my work and can give you access to my website, where you can buy prints, as well as the social media sites I contribute to. If you are on Facebook or G+ I would encourage you to “Like” my site or add me to your circles. In this way you will access to all the ways I post images.
Now as to today’s image, which is aptly named, “The Crack”. This photo was shot in The Subway, one of the more iconic locations in Zion National Park. It remains one of the more difficult hikes I have had in recent history involving 4.5 miles of multiple stream crossings, boulder hopping, and route finding. Quite honestly it is a slog of a hike for 2.5 hours until you reach Nirvana at the end. The Crack is located just outside the main Subway where water is forced into a small, thin chasm cut into the sandstone. Here the water races at some speed and speaks with a small gurgling roar.
To record this image I used a linear polarizer to give me some added time to my shutter speed. In addition the polarizer helps to remove specular highlights on the wet surfaces of the sandstone. The trick however is not to remove all the highlights. You need some of them to reflect the beautiful colors from the stone and sky. The added shutter speed makes the water look like flowing ice. The RAW file was processed in LR 4.2 and the master file finished in PS 5.1. I will be adding this image to my print collection over on my website. If you would like to purchase one please visit http://roberthclarkphotography.com/prints/.
Camera: Nikon D800E | Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 at 28mm | Exposure: ISO 100 at 3.0 seconds at f16
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