Pipe Organ and Virgin River – Zion National Park


On our last trip “Two Weddings and a Dinner” I was off to photograph my two friend’s weddings less then a week apart. The first wedding was at the “Valley of the Gods” in Utah, the second wedding was at Mt Sunapee, New Hampshire. The dinner was in Washington DC for our friends annual Big Bash.

For the first Wedding we landed in Las Vegas; first stop on our way to the Valley of the Gods was Zion National Park. We arrived at Zion after dark, so we didn’t see much, and when we woke up in the morning we were treated with dense fog and pouring rain.  We had only one-half day there as we still had another 4 hours of driving and the first wedding was the next day. I thought of skipping Zion all together as it didn’t look like we would see much and the day’s forecast was not promising.  We decided to visit Zion anyway and hope for the best. 

Zion does not allow you to drive in the park. Instead, they have regular schedules buses that drive up and down the park to take you to your destination. We decided to get off at selected stops, and look for photographs near the bus stations. 

One of the stops was for the trail-head to Angels Landing, I ventured down toward the Virgin River noticed the formation of what I believe to be Pipe Organ. Angle’s Landing Is to the right and behind the me as I took this photograph.

Luckily, the clouds were beginning to break up which made for an interesting sky. For this shot, I took three exposures each two stops apart. I did process this as an HDR to bring out the sky, but limited processing to minimum the grunge effect that has given HDR processing a bad wrap.

Time: September 21, 2014 @ 11:21pm
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens:  Nikkor 14 – 24mm @ 14mm
Exposure: ISO 100; f/8 @ 1/250 sec.

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