American Southwest

Inspiring photographs from the American Southwest.

Kolob Terrace (2007)
Kolob Terrace (2007)
It was the second morning of the 2007 Digital Summit conducted by Alain Briot and Uwe Steinmueller, this year in Zion National Park. While most of the attendees were off shooting sunrise in the more conventional parts of Zion, Uwe and I struck off for the Kolob Terrace. The storm that rolled in the evening before and provided a spectacular sunset was just moving out, providing a spectacular sunrise - my kind of storm. We enjoyed the first light of day at another location and pretty much exhausted the possibilities there. It was getting time for us to get back; Uwe had the first session of the morning. I argued that we had ten minuets to scout some other locations and Uwe reluctantly agreed. So I drove up the road, checked things out and turned back to Zion canyon. Perhaps I was driving a bit faster than I should but I'm a man of my word. I'm going to get him back in time. All of a sudden Uwe calls out, "Stop! Pull over!" I do and we get out, cameras at the ready to grab a couple of great shots. Then back in the car and quickly down the road again when Uwe calls out a second time, "Stop! Pull over!" I do and we jump out once more, cameras in hand. This wonderful shot came from the second stop. It's interesting how a shot develops. There were about four or five different compositions that lead to this one. Can you believe that at first I didn't see the white peak in the background. Then I became interested in the pattern the sage brush makes to the right. Finally as I walked back to my car I turned around one more time and there it was. "If this isn't the Wild West, I don't know what is," I muttered as the camera came up to my eye, my left hand adjusted the zoom, my body steadied and my right index finger gently pressed the shutter and captured the moment. Oh, we were back in plenty of time. And his session was excellent.