Virgin River Rapids

Zion National Park is one of the most spectacular National Parks in the nation – everything is gigantic and dramatic.  This makes photography difficult – since the dynamic range is all over the place.  The lights are very light, the darks are very dark.  Even at dawn or dusk, there are parts of the park deep in the Virgin River canyon that the sun never really lights up.

This bend in the river is near Big Bend on the road to the Temple of Sinawava.  I exposed three pictures to create this three-shot HDR image so that I could control the extreme range of light and dark between the sun on the top of the canyon and the rocks in the river.  Most pictures in this location are taken in the fall when the trees are covered with colorful leaves.. but this makes a nice image since the river becomes the subject of the picture.

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One Response to “Virgin River Rapids”

  1. Rolf Hicker September 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Wow Mark, that’s a really nice HDR shot!

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