Hi everyone and welcome to today’s post. Today I am leaving the interior of the Lonaconing Silk Plant and returning to a different kind of interior shot. This image was taken in Cathedral Wash, a beautiful open-top slot canyon that empties into the Colorado River near Lee’s Ferry. I made the hike in with Tony Kuyper and was treated too an other-wordly landscape cut by the powerful forces of water and erosion. Though the hike begins rather benignly it soon drops through a series of cuts that require navigation and down climbing along protruding shelves of layered stone. The surrounding walls are steep and tower over the canyon. Inside, reflected light bounces off the canyon walls creating a subtle glow to the orange rock. The scale is immense and even with this image it is hard to imagine that if you stepped into the deepest cut your head would not even come up to the first line in the stone. That cut through the lower stone is over 10 feet deep.
The best time to shoot is in the mid morning to early afternoon with clear, blue skies. We started the hike around 10:00 am and finished up by 2:30 or 3:00 pm. The light can be challenging and the trick is to learn to see the subtle reflected glow to form your compositions. In most cases brackets are necessary. This image is a composite of three exposures blended in Photoshop. Extensive dodging and burning was performed to bring the color and contrast tonality of the image together. Though a challenging place to shoot it remains, for me, one of the best hikes you can take at Glen Canyon.
Thanks for stopping by today.