Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon sunsetI arrived at Bryce Canyon a few hours before sunset and I was able to spend some time scouting for a good position for sunset. Although the clouds did not clear as much as I hoped it was still a great nature show. I spent the morning before dawn in the park. I hiked down into the canyon a bit to find a good spot for sunrise. Get there before sunrise and wait till the sun is up to watch the colors change. If you have time hike down, but remember you have to come back up. Allow yourself some time to go off the beaten path a bit in order to find some amazing shots and less seen views. To allow more time at Bryce my group and I chose to skip Zion and visit another time when we could truly experience the park.
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Left Behind

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While traveling the back roads of Kansas I am always looking for old houses and barns to photograph.  This abandoned house sits a few miles from where I grew up.  It sits inconspicuously on a hill hidden by trees from the highway that runs behind it that is less than a mile away.  These old homes have so many stories tucked away in their walls and I am always challenged to tell their story.  This was a late spring day just as the sun was setting and a storm was moving in.

The Hidden Draw (Creating Depth of Field)

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Early March on the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park was cold and brought the unexpected surprise of snow.  Most of us think of the Grand Canyon as a high desert and are surprised to see pictures of the canyon in snow.  Although the cold and snow was not something I was thrilled about I took full advantage of the opportunity.  Here the canyon stretches for miles disappearing into the fog.

In order to capture the vastness of the Grand Canyon I took a seat on a rock in order to get lower to the ground and stabilize myself.  By placing myself lower and getting the trees and bushes in the picture it gives the viewer a new perspective.  I don’t usually use people so I use pieces of nature to give a perception of size.  The snow also allows the viewer to feel the coolness of the moment.  Shooting from different angles in the same places can create uniquely different photos.  So give it a try.

Grasping Nature

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Late winter at Grand Canyon National Park was a perfect time for photographing.  It was cold, but worth every moment spent on the trail photographing.  I traveled to the south rim with some of my family and spent two days hiking along the trails of the canyon.  I enjoy the time alone as a photographer, but one of the best parts of spending time outdoors is getting to share the experiences with someone.  Traveling and photographing is all about making memories and sharing them.

Late in the evening as the sun was setting the clouds moved into the canyon.  As the clouds settled in and the sun went down the colors of the canyon walls began to change.  The color and clouds added another dimension to the canyon.  Although the canyon is photographed regularly there are always new views to capture.  I am looking forward to visiting again this summer, but this time I am headed to the north rim.  Keep Exploring!

Desolation

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On a warm winter day I went for a drive with my father.  We had driven out into the country so that I could photograph the grave of a Civil War veteran from the area for the local museum.  On our way back I took a long detour to see what I could capture.  I drive the country roads around my home town of Richmond, KS pretty regularly in the summer when I am there, but winter brings a different perspective that I rarely get to see.

As the sun began to set the light became perfect for photographing the landscape.  I got out of the car and walked along this country road snapping pictures and taking advantage of the light.  This tree has always been a fascination for me.  As long as I can remember it has sat along the side of the road all alone, like many trees in Kansas.  As the light fell I got down on one knee in the middle of the road and took this shot.  I love the feeling of the emptiness of the prairie that it gives me.  It is a reminder of home, but also that there is a road leading there.  I love the peace and tranquility of the light as the sun sets.  I hope you enjoy it and please share what it says to you.

Bird at Sunset

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Sunset and sunrise are a great time to get out and photograph.  In Kansas the wide open spaces allow a photographer to see for miles.  Even when I am not planning on spending much time in the field I do try to get out to find the a good spot in the mornings and evenings when I am home.  The flat land and vast spaces can create some amazing colors.

In this shot I was set up trying to capture the vibrant colors of the sunset with the land and fences silhouetted in the scene.  As I was shooting this bird landed on a fencepost within my eyesight.  I got it focused in my camera and started shooting as the sun went down.  The bird silhouetted in the orange clear sky made for a striking image in what I thought would be an uneventful night.

“Open Spaces”

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On a recent visit back to my home state of Kansas for a break from school in Tennessee I spent quite a bit of my time on the country roads photographing.  Kansas offers fascinating landscape photography potential.  The vast openness of the land leads to endless skies.  As the sun slid from behind the clouds and before it disappeared behind the horizon it broke perfectly to light the dead winter grass into a golden brown.  The color only lasted a few minutes, but gave great opportunity for amazing shots.

No matter where I travel I always try to find time for sunsets and sunrises.  Sometimes the best views are in your own backyard.  Enjoy and Keep Exploring!