Friday, February 23, 2018

Desert Southwest

I am in Arizona on a series of speaking engagements to camera clubs, and then will be off on a personal trip to some of my favorite places in the Desert Southwest.

Today's presentation was to the Sun City West Camera Club near Phoenix, plus other area clubs that were invited to attend. About 200 photographers were in attendance, and gave me a very warm welcome. It was a wonderful group, and I appreciate how warmly I was treated and how well they responded to a flat-lander from the east.

On Monday I travel to Sedona to speak to the camera club there. Then it's on to Monument Valley, some slot canyons, and Canyon de Chelly. It has been snowing in the high country so I am hoping for unique images of snow on the red rocks. We'll see what Mother Nature throws at us.

Today's image is from a former trip to Monument Valley. We arrived in the dark, long before sunrise in order to get set up and catch the sun breaking the horizon. If you look carefully you will see a natural starburst. That was created by using a small aperture (f/22) and positioning the camera so that part of the sun was blocked by the rock formation.

1/50 sec., f/22, ISO 200. Canon 17-40mm f/4L lens set at 17mm on Canon 40D camera body (an oldie but a goodie). Gitzo tripod.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote."  --Edward Abbey

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