Photographer's Note

This image was made in a spot where the Virgin River makes a couple of bends as it flows through Zion Canyon. It was a wonderful time to be there, early before the sun crested the canyon walls, with soft and even illumination. Some of the trees had turned bright yellow, looking as though they were giving light. A nice contrast with the dark orange and red sandstone walls of the canyon.

I photographed this with the tripod in the water. I used plastic food bags banded to the tripod legs to keep from contaminating the river water with something that may have still been on my tripod. The Virgin River is home to some unique wildlife.

I exposed to place some of the deeper shadows on zone II, and developed N+2, with selenium toning of the negative to give it more contrast.

There was some breeze and the long exposure shows movement in the trees, which I think adds to the composition.

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Additional Photos by Dana Rees (danarees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 128 N: 591] (2502)
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