Photographer's Note

On my recent trip to the National Parks of American Southwest I took couple of photographs that look really impressive in original but when reduced to the required by TE small size they become useless. I am not sure what is going on. I believe I know how to make a good looking small photo and yet those rocky landscapes turn quite often ugly. Having a good DOF sometimes makes the shot to lose the feeling of space.
Zion National Park is one of my favourites.
The fragment which is the most spectacular IMO is the Zion – Mount Carmel Highway (see the map). In this park in particular your feeling of space may be impaired. Rocks are sculpted in such an unexpected and unusual way that you are not sure anymore where is UP and where is DOWN.

I remember when I arrived here on my first trip to this area. We stopped somewhere along that road, we got out of the car and I said This is the most beautiful place I have ever seen!, and then couple of minutes later we stopped again, and I said No, this is the most beautiful place I have ever seen!, and the situation repeated itself couple of times… This time we were not that lucky, we had little time and arrived in the late afternoon when the sun was very low and many fantastic places were covered with dark shade. Yet our feelings about the park were quite similar.

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