Inside Bryce Canyon

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Looking Up in Bryce – 16mm, 1/15 @ f/13

I was busy looking for canyon rim overlooks, to get those wide sweeping views.  But my Dad, who was my companion on this trip, suggested we take a quick walk down into the canyon.  Am I glad he did! This place is full of unique scenery, whether you’re looking down on it from the rim, or you’re down in the middle of it.  This hike was a loop that took us about an hour, stopping to take lots of photos.

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Bryce Path – 21mm, 1/60 @ f/11

Shooting into the sun is always tricky. I gave up trying to shade the lens with my hand and just let it flare.  The hood for the EF 16-35mm f/4 lens doesn’t help when you’re turned almost directly to the sun.

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Reaching for the Sun – 31mm, 1/4 @ f/13

I got so excited shooting that I didn’t pay attention to my ridiculously slow shutter speed.  Image stabilization saved my bacon!  Well, I’m a vegetarian, so really, I just ended up with a reasonably sharp photo.  I was just amazed by this tall tree growing out of the bottom of the canyon and reaching to the top, where the few needles gathered the sunlight.

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The Hoodoos – 16mm, 1/20 @ f/13

What a unique area!  Even the landscape surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park seems ordinary high desert compared to this place.

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Bryce Towers – 16mm, 1/60 @ f/11

Before I went there, I did a fair amount of research online, trying to learn the best places to go and how to make the best use of the short time I had.  But standing in a place like this, in person, is a completely different experience from looking at photos on a computer screen.

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