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Zion National Park

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#1 OlDoinyo


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Posted 23 April 2019 - 19:00

The sandstone cliffs and canyons of Zion National Park have attracted generations of photographers, but relatively little UV photography. A couple of weeks ago, I tried to redress this situation just a little bit during a whirlwind trip out there from Colorado. A few results are posted below. Except as otherwise specified, pictures were obtained with the Sony A900 fitted with the Steinheil 50mm lens set at f/16 and the Baader U2 filter. Display intent is BGR.

"Checkerboard Mesa:"
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"Inside Eastern Entrance:"
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"The Three Patriarchs (Asahi 35mm:)"
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"Waterfall at the Temple of Sinawava:"
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(I was intrigued by how the light caught the upper half of the waterfall in the second shot.)

"View Up from Weeping Rock (Asahi 20mm, U360/S8612):"
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(The landmark known as the Great White Throne appears on the skyline. It does not look especially white in UV.)

"Kolob Canyons (Asahi 35mm:)"
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(This view is from outside the main Zion Canyon area, and many visitors do not end up seeing it.)

I considered working these photos up as tinted monochromes, but decided in the end that the faint chromaticity was just enough to be intriguing---at times, it reminds me of old hand-colored photos from a century or so ago. The other option remains a possibility.

#2 Andy Broomé

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 21:25

Some superb shots! I like the "Inside Eastern Entrance" one the most. Are the road markings bright yellow in the visible spectrum?

#3 DonPilou


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Posted 24 April 2019 - 15:29

I really like this foggy render, well frame too!