Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Located on the Arizona-Utah state line, near
Four Corners is an area rich in history and beautiful
scenery. This area has the greatest
concentration of US National Park units in the country. Ten National Parks, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches, Mesa Verde
and the Petrified Forest are all located
here. Seventeen National Monuments
including Hovenweep, Wupatki, Sunset Crater Volcano, Grand Staircase-Escalante,
and Canyon de Chelly are also
located in the area. Added to this list
is a vast segment of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands as well as the
Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation
occupies portions of northeastern Natural Bridges Arizona,
southeastern Utah and northwestern New Mexico and is the largest land area assigned on any
Native American jurisdiction in the . United States
Among the beauty listed above is Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii (meaning valley of rocks) or
Growing up as a boy I loved watching old black and white western movies primarily John Wayne. One can not visit
or see images from there without
seeing the landscape that captured the imagination of thousands as they watched
John Wayne battle the bad guys. I like
to say that visit Monument Valley and you'll see the
most two-most famous Johns in American film history; John Ford the director and Monument
Valley the actor. John Way
We've been going to
times a year and each time always visit Valley of the Gods
which is situated less that 30-minutes east.
This last trip has turned into what we believe is the best due to extremely
great weather conditions. Monument
Sandy and I stayed the View Hotel located right on the rim overlooking
spending 2-days hiking and
shooting the area. The equipment used to
capture the images here were simple; Sandy used her Canon 1DsIII and a EF24-70
lens while I used a Phase One DF body, Phase One IQ160 digital back and a
Schneider 55mm leaf shutter lens. We
also captured several minutes of time-lapse video which will be included in our
next DVD. Monument Valley
These are just teaser samples of what we were fortunate to capture during our stay. There's still plenty of processing and test printing to do. Most of the images will eventually end up in Volume 5 of our DVD with a couple being offered for sale as a print in our web gallery.
Thank you for allowing us to share and remember, your comments are always welcomed. Stay tuned for more and watch for the release of DVD Volume 5 coming within a couple months.
Sandy & Don
Posted by ironcreekphotography at 10:33 AM
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Just a teaser for now. I've decided to get back into infrared photography after selling my camera a couple years ago.
The last camera was a Canon 1DsII that I had converted to infrared using a 665nm filter and began searching for a suitable candidate a couple weeks ago. Don't want to bore anyone with the various cameras I looked at and why they didn't pass muster; however I did decide on the Sony NEX-7. The 2-main factors in my decision was the ability to swap lenses and 24.3 megapixel.
I was fortunate to pick up a gently used camera from a trusted source last week. The camera is now in transit to Life Pixel to have the conversion to 665 nm done. I'm told that I should get the camera back by the end of the month and look forward to sharing more information and images then.
As I said in the beginning - this is just a teaser so stay tuned for more.
Posted by ironcreekphotography at 12:23 PM