In addition to the photographs and commentary below this site contains several major photography / travel articles featuring locations in the American Southwest Arches & Canyonlands, Monument Valley & Canyon de Chelly, Zion National Park, Death Valley, and Joshua Tree National Park.
The sand dunes east of Stove Pipe Wells in Death Valley have one major problem footprints. Unless you are lucky enough to be there just after a high wind wipes them clean you will find the dunes littered with thousands of tourist's footprints. Rather than fight it I decided to see if I could integrate the wind blown patterns and the footprints into a cohesive image.
Photographed with the Rollei 6008 and Schneider 40mm f/3.5 Super-Angulon on Provia 100 film.
After Sunset Monument Valley, 1999
An other-worldly sight in Monument Valley. About 30 minutes after sunset we were driving out of the valley when we came over a rise and saw this scene. The pink colour of the talcum powder textured sand is real not a digital enhancement. Here is another photograph taken that same evening.
Taken with a Canon EOS3 and Canon L 100~400mm IS zoom, at 400mm. A 30 second exposure on Kodak VS.
Our Navaho guide was driving us to a sand dunes area within the valley for sunset when we came across these sheep and goats being herded in the distance. There was no time to set up a tripod or do anything other than jump from the jeep, zoom to maximum extension and take a couple of frames before they disappeared around a rock face.
The Image Stabilization technology of Canon's IS series lenses allow for hand-holding at shutter speeds 2-3 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. Without it, this shot would not have been possible.
Taken with a Canon EOS3 and Canon L 100~400mm IS zoom, at 400mm handheld at 1/125sec.
Click here for a photographic travel guide to Monument Valley.
Taken with a Canon EOS3 and Canon 24mm L T/S f/3.5 lens on Provia 100.
Photographers spend so much time traveling down the highway that they sometimes forget that the highway itself can be the subject.
West of Monument Valley the road seems to stretch away into infinity. Only one lens could have captured this shot the Canon T/S 24mm (tilt / shift). By laying down in the middle of the highway (with a friend standing over me watching for cars from behind) I placed the camera on the ground and used the tilt (Scheimflug) function to create a focal plane with depth of field from the lens-hood to infinity.
The only digital manipulation was to slightly enhance the yellow colour of the highway stripe.
This photograph was taken with a a Canon EOS3 and Canon L 24mm T/S L lens on Provia 100.
Hiking through the dunes at Monument Valley, this scene with its wonderful textures and depth presented itself. The Canon 24mm Tilt / Shift lens once again proved its mettle. While a view camera could have captured this image, only this versatile lens allowed such a huge plane of focus when working in 35mm.
Photographed with a Canon EOS3 and 24mm L T/S lens on Provia 100.
One of the most photographed scenes in the western United States. Zion Bridge in Zion National Park is so popular that the Park Service has actually marked out spaces for photographers to stand! It's usually a sunset view but seen here in mid-morning. I almost expect Hobbits to appear. A clichéd view, but still worthwhile.
Taken with a Mamiya 645 Pro and 55mm lens on Provia 100.
Arches National Park in Utah is one of my favourite shooting locations. Read the feature article on Arches and Canyonlands National Parks for more information on these amazing locations.
Taken with a Nikon F4 and Sigma 70~210mm f/2.8 lens on Provia 100.
One of the most magical places on the planet, Antelope Canyon in Arizona has by now been photographed countless times by tourists and artists alike. It's hard to make a bad image in Antelope Canyon. For an excellent article providing the photographic history of the canyon try and find the Fall '97 issue of Lenswork Quarterly magazine. It is by Bruce Barnbaum, the man who discovered Antelope, titled Antelope Canyon: Then and Now.
Photograph taken with Rollei 6008 and 90mm f/4.0 Schneider lens
Joshua Tree National Park is about a 45 minute drive from Palm Springs CA, and might as well be on another planet it is so removed from the urban glitz of that fair town.
Fortunately, 20 minutes north-east of Palm Springs lies the quiet little town of Desert Hot Springs, and just outside of it lies a wonderful spa and resort called Two Bunch Palms. We often vacation there because not only is at a quiet and relaxing place to chill but it provides easy access to Joshua Tree NP.
On at least one or two mornings while there I rise a couple of hours before sunrise so as to be at the park for the best morning light. I'm usually back at the hotel by 10 or 11am ready to join my family and friends for the day.
I've now explored the park on numerous occasions and always find something new and exciting to shoot. A full travel article on Joshua Tree is located HERE.
Photograph taken with a Nikon F4 and 85mm f/1.8 lens on Provia 100
The site contains two sections on Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, as well as Dead Horse State Park, all in Southern Utah. The first is a travel article written after my first trip in the mid-'90s. The second is a portfolio from a winter trip in early 2000.
Click HERE for references to two fascinating and important books on the Desert Southwest