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La Sal Mountains

The La Sal Mountains are a prominent feature in the desert landscape near Moab, Utah and act as a stark contrast to the sandstone and canyons surrounding Moab. This past winter as we were driving down the Potash Road the La Sals stood out fully covered with snow as the foreground leading up to the mountains were still filled with fall colors and the different textures of the sandstone and canyons leading up to the magnificent range of mountains.

La Sal Mountains

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Public Restroom Cisco Utah

Here’s a little change of pace today from Cisco, Utah.  Cisco is a ghost town in Utah near the junction of SR-128 and I-70. At one time the town served as a saloon and water-refilling station for the Denver Rio Grande Western Railroad. The town has many remnants of the railroad glory days, but now has been filled with abandoned vehicles and has become victim of vandals and heavy damage. This town is perfect for a little HDR photography and shooting the town at the high noon hour it’s also a chance to use your black and white photography to capture contrasts.

I decide to mix the two today and create a little piece of Americana today. Here’s my artistic vision on the town’s public restroom (outhouse) that sits on the edge of town with the La Sal Mountains as a backdrop. I wanted to give this image an old yellowed film image look. This is a 5-image HDR processed in Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2 and then finalized it in Silver Efex Pro 2.

Public Restroom - Cisco Utah

Public Restroom – Cisco Utah – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Fisher Towers

This past weekend I went out to Moab, Utah with the North by Northwest group of photographers. It was a great time and we captured some amazing images, but mostly it was time we spent creating good friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. I can’t wait for the 2014 trip!

We drove from Colorado to Moab and went in along the scenic River Road (SR-128).  Along the route are the Fisher Towers which are about 20 miles southeast of Moab, Utah and some of the most scenic landscapes along the Colorado River. The rock formations of varying colors of red, brown, maroon created from the iron ore content continue to erode and create new shapes and spires in this ever-changing landscape. The snow-capped La Sal Mountains and created a nice backdrop for the sandstone spires jutting up from the Professor Valley. I ultimately decided to process this image in black and white. The mid-afternoon sun seemed to washout the colors for me and a monochrome image gave me the contrast I was looking for in the image.

Fisher Towers

Fisher Towers – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

I will be sharing more of the images from this trip over the coming weeks, but be sure to check out some of my fellow photo bloggers sites for their images and perspectives from the trip.

North X Northwest Photographers:

Justin Balog

Mike Crisswell

Mark Garbowski

Robert Lussier

Chris Nitz

Dave Wilson

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Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Since I was in the neighborhood of Arches and Canyonlands National Park I decided to take a break from capturing Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep and do some landscapes.  I drove down to Arches late one afternoon in order to capture Delicate Arch at Sunset, well actually just after sunset.  Sunset was around 4:45pm and I arrived at around 4:15pm to the Wolfe Ranch trailhead.  It’s about a 1.5 mile hike out to Delicate Arch with about 480 ft. of elevation gain.  The first part of the hike is fairly flat and it’s not until you get to the slick rock part of the trail it’s gets fairly strenuous with a steep up hill incline to the arch.  Let’s just say this old man was huffing and puffing by the time I made it to the arch and the sun was just setting as I was able to find a spot to set up.

When the sun sets at Delicate Arch the crowds of people leave in order to take the hike back to the parking lot while there is still light in the sky.  The best light, however is after the sun sets in the sky and goes below the horizon that the color of Delicate Arch begins to glow.  In the winter months the angle of the sun set as it goes below the horizon make for magical light against Delicate Arch and the arch turns a glowing orange hue.  It is absolutely breath-taking!  Stay the extra 30-60 minutes and captures some long exposures of the arch and you will be amazed at the beautiful color of Delicate Arch.  I just happened to catch the Delicate arch on a clear evening so I was able to capture the snow-capped La Sal Mountains in the background.

Tips for hiking to Delicate Arch for sunset shoot:

  • Bring Water – There is no shade and can be a strenuous hike (3 miles round trip)
  • Bring a bright flashlight or head lamp – You will need it to hike back to the Wolfe Ranch Trailhead in the dark
  • Dress in layers – It was warm hiking out, but when the sun goes down in this open desert, it can get quite cold and drop 20-30 degrees after dark
  • Bring a tripod – you will need it for long exposures

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