Thursday, May 24, 2012

Canyon de Chelly, Arizona.

Katie and I drove to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 2010.  It wasn't really a working trip, just more like a trip to show her some of the country.  I took along my 5X7 but didn't unpack it much.  At Canyon de Chelly we stayed in the Thunderbird Lodge, ate at the cafeteria and took a truck tour.  One of the last afternoons at White House overlook I watched the last vendors pack up below and headed off  down the switchbacks with my camera pack.  I spent an hour and a half photographing back and forth in front of White House Ruin, all alone.  The North West wall was going into shadow and the illumination was pretty nice.

A little cropping off the bottom edge helped this a lot.  Needs a little top and sides to be a little freer.  This and a couple other places along the wall would yield to the 8X10, though the underfoot- solid cactus, makes finding a good spot a little tricky.

White House ruin.  450 telephoto.

Wall stripes I have photographed for years.  This is the wide angle view.  Have to perch on a really tilty boulder and do some pretty fancy tripod work to get to this viewpoint.

Great opportunity for a Katie trip.  You can hire jeep tour folks to take you wherever you want to go and wait.  About three days of that ought to get me good and tired of wall stripes in Canyon de Chelly and Muerto.  Choice of a couple of nice hotels.

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