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Southwest, Zion, National Park, Landscape, Landscape Photography, Photography, Zion


One of my most anticipated day on my recent Southwest trip was the hike up the Narrows of Zion National Park. And it was everything I had built it up to be. The hike was amazing from start to finish and something I would recommend to everyone who loves hiking and seeing beauty within nature. I can’t wait to visit again. During the entire hike through the Narrows, I used my 6-stop Circular Polarized filter to help cut through the glare of the water and push my exposures to 8/15/30 seconds, giving the Virgin River a beautiful glassy motion to it. The 30-second exposure was for the flowing water, the 8-second for the brightest, glow of the scene and the 15-second images were for the midtowns of the image. However, I was standing in 1-3 feet of flowing water, so the tripod sturdiness was key, along with finding proper locations within the water was critical. In this image, I used a medium sized boulder (seen in the bottom left foreground) and the side wall of the Narrows to sturdy my tripod.