Temple of Sinawava, Zion National Park

Thought I was done with Zion photos, eh? Not yet, not by a long shot! It was a very productive trip, and I have a few more good ones left to share. I know, you’re probably getting bored with Zion shots by now. Don’t worry, I’ve got more photo expeditions planned, so I’ll be throwing a few different images into the mix soon!

"Temple of Sinawava" - Zion National Park

"Temple of Sinawava" - Zion National Park

I made this image close to sunset in the Temple of Sinawava area of Zion. I noticed colorful reflections in the Virgin River, resulting from late light on one of the background cliffs. So I rolled up my pants, took off my shoes and socks, and got into the water for some photo fun. I love working with moving water, as no two images, even from the same place, are ever the same. As is my usual practice when photographing streams and waterfalls, I experimented with different ISOs and shutter speeds to find an optimal exposure time, one that would impart a sense of motion blur yet still leave some detail in the rushing water. For more tips about photographing moving water, check out my eBook Five Landscape Challenges

I choose a perspective that optimized reflections from the glowing wall in the water, and I was careful to exclude the lit portions of the wall. I was also attracted to the progression of rapids in the scene from foreground to background. The beautiful autumn cottonwood trees in the background were the icing on the cake!

Technical details: Canon 5D Mark II camera, 17-40mm lens (@25mm), polarizer filter, ISO 100, f/16, 1.6 seconds.

Ian Plant

Author: Ian Plant

World-renowned professional photographer, writer, and adventurer Ian Plant is a frequent contributor to and blogger for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, a Contributing Editor to Popular Photography Magazine, a monthly columnist for Landscape Photography Magazine, and a Tamron Image Master. Ian is also the author of numerous books and instructional videos. Ian leads photography workshops and tours around the world to help beginner and advanced photographers explore and expand their personal vision.

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