A hike down the Nankoweap trail is pure adventure. It requires a lot to make sure you will get down to the Colorado River and get back to your car waiting at the trailhead. There are many online entries with details and strategies how to accomplish this 35 miles backpacking trip.
It took me a day to get to the Colorado River. I arrived there about 1 1/2 hours too late to take the shot I was hoping for. The full moon and the constant rushing noise of the river where my night companions.
As soon as the sun got into the gorge next morning the heat got unbearable. Lucky me to have included an umbrella in my gear to protect me from the direct sun. It was a long day waiting for the right moment. Finally, almost 24 hours after my arrival at the site, I was able to craft my images.
Was it worth it? YES (!!!) and I might be crazy to do it again, eventually ;-)
Technical stuff: 4 vertical images stitched together
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The ones that require the most work are usually worth the effort, especially to get something different. This is surely different especially with the native cliff dwelling on the right hand wall of the canyon.
I've come over all Goldilocks! The small one's too small, and the big one's too big (for my aged 4/3 monitor) !! ;-)
It is a impressive landscape though, and thanks for your note detailing the trip. Ideally such places would remain somewhat difficult to get too. First time I visited the U.S.A, I just can't tell you how disappointed I was to discover that Double Arch was about 150 metres from a car park!
It really is all about the light, otherwise any image is mundane. I think the best title would be, "Waiting for the Light!" It is so nice to see some of your wonderful images again, are you retired now? My Dad loved hiking in Northern Arizona, he hiked the Grand Canyon several times and hiked into Rainbow Bridge when it was a multi-day trip. We also made long trips on dirt roads to see the Hopi Dances. I still have a rug and a pot from my parent's house as a reminder of those days. HLJ, Pat
For Pete's sake :-) you're doing dangerous hikes. I did have a quick look at trail images, bahh the small path goes down on one side good enough, it all looks bittle too. Every step must have been well planned on some of the path - I am sure. But once this is all behind arriving at the shores of the Colorado River with the house "rows" built inside the stone, I am sure it gave you goose bumps despite the hot temperatures. Thinking that someone so long before our time was able to build in such a precise and also attractive way is truly remarkable. It is a fantastic image with the first sunlight arriving on the top of the mesa also adding a wonderful glow to the river. This should be published in a magazine - no doubt. Super image.
That's what make you an extraordinary photographer. We had this discussion when I met with Barbara, while were walking shooting together, we were so lazy about it, we had a flash with us but we were too lazy to take it out of our bags, even though we know it would better with a flash to brighten the subject against the bright background...and or change to a different lens, etc. We laughed at ourselves for being so lazy...
Here you go out of the way and wait for the right moment and time and set up tripod, the right lens, filter, and multiple shots stitched...etc. and the result is this wonderful image. I love it. the landscape is stunning with the steep canyon and Colorado river runs trough it, and the ruin adds another compelling and cultural aspect to the composition.
The LV is superb; I needed it to spot the pueblo house in the cliffs. I love how the river wends its way into the image and even reflects some of the colour of the rocks, especially those that have been hit by the sun.
The landscape is so vast that the river looks tiny, but I suspect it's bigger than it looks.
No wonder there are already so many favourites in this photo. The Large version is stunning. Your adventure was again something, which I would never had tried even at a younger age, something respectable. It was also worth of waiting for the right moment and light. Excellent!