Large Format Landscape Photography in Utah: Day 1

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On my first day in Utah, I spent the day in Zion National Park with a friend from back home. I had heard reports that the fall color was quite a bit early this year. It turns out that it was REALLY early! In fact, in the five years that I've been making this trip, the color was the earliest that I've ever seen it.

I didn't want to make the day too strenuous since I would be leaving the following day on my big backpacking trip. So Tommy and I ventured up to the east side of the park. Even though the color was all but gone here, we explored a bit and found a few compositions to photograph. This is the perfect part of the park to take it easy in because you can venture out as much or as little as you want.

After spending the morning in the higher elevations, we grabbed some lunch and then ventured into the main canyon. Much lower, the main canyon still had excellent color. It was beautiful, but difficult to photograph as the wind was pretty stiff that day. We meandered around a bit, found a composition, and then waited for a break in the wind to make an exposure.

All in all, it was a very successful first day...maybe my most successful one to date. I was able to come away with three images and didn't use up too much energy to get them! This perfectly set the stage for the massive trip that was about to start. Stay tuned!!

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