Rick’s Southwest Caravan: Pre-workshop Shoot

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My Southwest Caravan officially starts tomorrow night in Moab, UT. I can’t wait for the fun to begin with 10 eager students from around the country. We’ll be shooting in Arches, then moving on to Bryce, and then to Zion – and ending up  in Las Vegas, where we landed a few hours ago. Each day I’ll try to post a shot and tip.

Here’s a shot I took today while driving through Zion.

Today’s tips: Tell the whole story

Virtually all of the pictures I have seen of Zion don’t show the red, winding road that runs through the Park. However, the road is a big part of Zion; I think it’s one of the most beautiful drives in the US.

As you drive along the road, you’ll find dozens of photo ops at the turnoffs – and that’s without officially going into the park via the tram.

Because I love the drive, I decided to include the road in this picture. This picture helps to tell the story of Zion. In photography, it’s important to “tell the whole” story of a destination.

Notice that this picture has a good sense of depth. That’s due the dramatic shadows in the foreground, and the way the rock formation is framed in the background.

Something else helped with this photograph: Luck. I was in the right place at the right time for the shadow. There was not a cloud in the sky. And, the sun was in the perfect position in the sky.

Well, I’ll catch you tomorrow with another photo and tip.

Explore the light,


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Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon has published 36 books, including Exploring the Light and Digital Photography Secrets.

When asked about his photo specialty, Rick says, “My specialty is not specializing.”

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One Response to “Rick’s Southwest Caravan: Pre-workshop Shoot”

  1. Laurie Says:

    Wish I was there! Hope you have a great trip and looking forward to your landscape tips. :~)


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