Hello everyone. Although my blog has been quiet, I have not stopped taking photos. I eagerly awaited spring this year, and I took a good many photos of flowers, etc. Perhaps I will do a post including some of them at a future date.
I am quite the (self-admitted) gear junkie, so before I go any further I must mention that (since my last post) I have picked up a new camera, a Nikon D600. It’s an absolutely spectacular tool with an amazing sensor. However this post is not about my new camera.
Recently I spent some time at Providence Canyon. I went twice, both times hiking with friends. The first time the skies were mostly overcast, and the second time was mostly clear sun (as can be seen in the first photograph). Neither time was I there for the landscape photographer’s hallowed “golden” hours of dawn or dusk. However, I made the most of it and came away with some photographs that I’m pretty happy with.
The first trip I made I only did the 3 mile Canyon Loop trail. Most of the photographs were taken from the vantage point of this trail, and it generally contains the best views of the canyons. These first three photographs above, as well as the four below, were taken from the Canyon Loop trail. However, from a photographer’s view, there’s not much flexibility except from staying right there on the trail, so sometimes finding compositions that work can be harder. It doesn’t help that I’m not great at composing photographs. What I mean is that the photograph that resulted after post processing wasn’t the original composition (i.e., I cropped to a different composition afterward to achieve a more pleasing image, but that I didn’t envision the crop while looking through the viewfinder).
You can also hike in amongst the canyons. You can do this if you take the 3 mile loop trail and then just follow the creek bed up among the canyons, but taking the longer hike will get you there as well. On my first trip we hiked up only a few of the canyons, but on my second trip we hiked into almost every canyon. These two below were taken from within the canyons.
The 7 mile Back Country Trail, for the most part, is not exceedingly scenic. It does take you near the rim of some smaller outlooks, but most of it is walking on a clearly marked path through the woods, and eventually down through the bottoms by the creek. My friends and I did come across a snake, though…