Fall's splendor – Autumn in Zion
Autumn in Zion came to be during an extended photographic trip through Zion and the canyon lands of Utah. I travel this area often, and am always amazed at how time changes the landscape, light and scenery. The fall colors were spectacular this particular year. But how to do it justice? How could I convey the emotion and beauty that was before me?
But then I saw it. The Virgin River gliding softly around that one perfect tree. The black trunk mangled by time. The colors so perfect it resembled a painting. And yet oh, so real.
To capture the vivid, rich detail I used a Hasselblad medium format film camera. Using a tripod allowed me to use a very slow shutter speed. This created the blurred water, giving it the motion and softness to define the feel of the image. A wide angle lens made the rocks in the foreground and the tress in the background sharp and detailed. This created depth.
You can’t ever plan to have timing like that. It comes to you as a gift. I have traveled this area of southern Utah since 1987 and never experienced an autumn like this one. I marveled at the combination of timing, training and luck. All three came together that day to the glorify the space and grandeur of Zion.
And now Christina and I share this with you. We hope it blesses your home as much as it has ours!
Thank you for your continued support.
–Richard and Christina