Rick’s Southwest Caravan: Tomorrow We Start!

Checkerboard Mesa. Photograph © Rick Sammon

My Southwest Caravan officially starts tonight in Moab, UT with a welcome dinner. Each day I’ll try to post a shot and a tip.

On the trip from Zion to Arches, we stopped along the road that runs through Zion. Here’s a shot I took (Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 17-40mm lens) at Checkerboard Mesa, which is about a five minutes walk from the road.

Today’s tips:

• The name of the game is to fill the frame.

• Use a foreground element to add a sense of depth to an image.

• Focus 1/3 into the scene, use a small aperture and a wide-angle lens for the maximum depth of field.

• Be in the right place for the right light :-)

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

Explore the light,

P.S. Shoot Juan an email at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you are interested in our May 2011 Southwest Caravan Photo Workshop.

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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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