August 2018. Landscape Photo Project to Artistically Photograph Utah’s Canyonlands
August 2018. For the second time, we went to take landscape photographs in the Canyonlands National Park in the state of Utah in the United States.
Our goal was to create black and white landscape photographs to continue our great landscape project in the United States.
To photograph Canyonlands, two options are possible, and we explored both solutions. Our first is to photograph landscapes from the top of the Canyonlands’ rims. The views are impressive, and our photographs reveal the enormous size of the faults which extend as far as the eye can see. Our second option is to venture into the canyons via pebble trails. The use of an off-road vehicle with a high clearance height is necessary. The views are completely different from this perspective, because the photographs are taken at the foot of the cracks. The gradients extend for hundreds of meters.
This year was very difficult because of the devastating California fires, which produced vast amounts of smoke. For several days, we waited for the wind to flush out the fumes from these fires that had drifted into Utah. Until the smoke was gone, we could not shoot our photos.
The Canyonlands are perfectly suited for black and white photography. The shapes, textures, and structures are perfect. For our entire visit, we stayed in the area “Island in the Sky”.
The most notable locations are Grand Point Overlook and Green River Overlook.
For this project, we tried to account for the immensity of the landscapes and the special shapes of the canyons and faults. Over time, the Colorado River dug into the rock, creating an extraordinary winding course. One of the most remarkable points of Island in the Sky is Horseshoe Bend, which illuminates the splendor of the Colorado River.
Photographing the Canyonlands is not as easy as it may seem. The landscapes are huge. Capturing a specific point within one photo is often difficult. The look is lost in the immensity of the natural decorations. One of the problems in the region concerns the shadows which appear in the morning and in the evening because of the high altitude. These shadows cause unsightly effects in photos. Thus, the morning and twilight hours are not well suited to photography.
Nevertheless, we recognize that we were lucky during our visit because we had a lot of clouds in the sky. We often refer to the clouds as the language of the sky. Clouds allow us to translate our emotions and convey messages in our photographs.
Finally, our 10-day project was successful because we managed to create enough photographs for a new collection of art prints.
All the photographs we created during the trip are dedicated to create new fine art collections around the world » ou « around the mind ».
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