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I would like to share with you a more subtle image I made while backpacking a very remote stretch of narrows in SE Utah. Over the course of several days inside these walls I found them to be the equal of Zion or any other place I'd been in the region, and I never saw another person the entire time I was there.

This is an all-natural rendition here with minimal PS work (mainly RAW + some dodge/burning) made from a single exposure at 70mm. To capture the reflection I placed the camera only inches from the water's surface (which was a small pool, only 5-6ft across) and clicked the shutter hand-held at ISO 500, f/13.

It was one of those magic moments of light we photographers have always waited for. I hope it resonates with you as well.

I wanted my last few posts to illustrate a more natural/traditional way of capturing and processing photographs that has seemed to me increasingly lacking in the most popular end of our medium over the last few years. Something we all should think about is how we as photographers have a unique relationship with the natural world, and so many travel there inspired by what we do. That's a beautiful thing, if you ask me.

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