zion canyon photographed by luxagraf
Zion National Park, Utah, United States

Zion Canyon

An image from one of my favorite Zion hikes.

This was a fun hike. It’s on the way to a hanging canyon I used to hike to when I was a kid. Two of my own kids are with me, my son was riding on my shoulders, and I was hiking in flip flops. I mean, Zion is all paved trails and a little bit Disneyland these days, so why wouldn’t you hike in flip flops? We got some looks though. We even got a few comments. I just ignored it. I wrote about it once before.

I think the kids were 3 and 5 at the time. We ended doing three miles round trip. It’s steep hike, straight up, straight down, surrounded by this gorgeous red rock the whole time. It’s really a shame Zion turned into the circus it is because it’s an incredibly beautiful place.

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Anyway, this photo. Mid afternoon sun with shadows in a canyon, one of those rare times I’m happy to shoot digital and not film. I knew there was no way I could get both, so I metered for the highlights and just hoped the shadows wouldn’t be too noisy. I’m not fond of the sky in the final result, but I tried all kinds of ways to desaturate it and nothing worked. I can live with it. If you click the link in the first paragraph you can see the first time I developed it. Much happier with this result.