Hi everyone. Welcome to today’s post. This image is one from the vault. Recently I have been going through some of my 4 x 5 exposures in an effort to organize my image archives. It is quite an undertaking and it is amazing what you can uncover when you get organized. This is one of my favorite images from a trip to Petrified Forest National Park and is the result of scouting the location and being blessed with excellent weather. I was wandering through the Blue Mesa area of the park when I cam across this massive log perched on a precarious pedestal of eroded earth. The problem was the logs “best side” was completely in shadow and would be best shot in the early morning. So I set up my 4 x 5, composed the shot, left everything in place, and hiked out to the car to head back to the hotel. Ok, so I know what you are thinking. Yes its true. I left a perfectly good, and expensive, 4 x 5 in place for the next morning’s shoot. But it was in a remote area that was not typically open to the public and I was the last one out of the park as the rangers closed the gate. I had already arranged for early morning access with the park so I was pretty sure everything would be in place. And sure enough it was. The sun rose right on time, the beautiful wisps of clouds moved in, and I had my shot.
Blue Mesa is a spectacular area and I was humbled to have access to its splendors. As I sat an waited for the sun to rise I could only imagine what it must have been like for our early ancestors to have walked in this place. I sat huddled in the morning chill and looked out upon the landscape. It was quiet and peaceful and as night gave way to the brilliance of dawn I existed completely in that moment. It was as if all time just slowed down. I watched as the disk of the sun broke the horizon and felt the first rays upon my face. Light rolled towards me across the barren desert and in seconds enveloped the log. A few seconds later I knew it was time to go to work.
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