Charles Walker  

Temple of Sinawava at the Narrows by Charles Walker

November 2019 - Temple of Sinawava at the Narrows

November 2019 - Charles Walker


About the Image(s)

This is a photograph of the Temple of Sinawava, a valley in Zion National Park. The Virgin River in the foreground eventually runs through a very narrow stone canyon creating the most infamous hike in the Park. I took the photo early morning in November of 2018. Here the canyon rises 2400 feet from the valley floor causing high contrast challenges for photographers. To meet this challenge, using a tripod, I took 3 exposures, metering on the highlights, midtones and shadows. Then in PS CC 2019, using photomerge, I combined the 3 exposures. In post processing, in addition to enhancing details and making a lens correction, I made adjustments in color to bring out the yellows in the Aspens. The sky was cloudless and clear blue, not adding much to the composition, so I masked in a wispy clouded sky taken at similar time with a similar angle to the sun. This image is an experiment for me. I am not entirely happy with it, but here it is. Camera data: f/9, 20 mm, ISO=126 (1/125, 1/160, 1/200)

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9 comments posted

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
For me this image brings back memories of my own trip to this beautiful park - there is so much majesty in those mountains! I feel that the image has great balance left to right and top to bottom. From my experience you have done a good job of opening up the shadows to show the interesting details of the near rock faces.

To my eye there are many pieces in the image that draw my eye - but no single fixation point for my eye to finally rest on. I believe that the sharpness of the final image is lacking, which may contribute the prior problem I am having fixing on one subject in the image.   Posted: 11/04/2019 14:42:18
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
The river in this valley s around not allowing photographers to use it as a leading line. Then there is the grandness of the canyon walls and the details in the rock . . . great only for a geologists to behold. So, while this site has a lot of impact on a hiker, perhaps it is too much to manage for a photographer. Still, I love this place and would return in a heartbeat.   Posted: 11/07/2019 11:05:45

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Love the depth of field on this and the V of the mountains in the foreground. You can see everything in the shadows. I may have tried to "wisp" the water of the river and brought out more detail in the trees with yellow foliage.   Posted: 11/04/2019 15:18:07
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
I agree, and would also like the river to pick up more reflection from the sky.   Posted: 11/07/2019 11:06:55

Lovely landscape Charles.The formation of the rocks draws my eye to the far mountains and the green foliage .The sky looks very nice.To my eye the mountains in both sides in front is too sharp.I would have darken them a bit and more light and color on the green trees in the middle.   Posted: 11/05/2019 12:46:35
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Bringing out the trees more would help, but I think this image has too much subject matter . . . great for a hiking experience, but not for photographing it.   Posted: 11/07/2019 11:08:54

Scott Messer   Scott Messer
Nice image Charles. Great composition. I really like the framing of the sky between the mountains. Zion NP is on my list.   Posted: 11/09/2019 10:53:18

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
I think this image evokes the American west. I like the composition and the lighting on the mountains, I think that is very well handled. To my eye the stream in the foreground does not help the image, for me it tends to hold my eye there. I think more light on the trees in the middle ground would be helpful.   Posted: 11/09/2019 15:45:30
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Yes Lou, the stream does not add much running counter to the focal point. So, cropping it out and igniting the trees would help. Thanks.   Posted: 11/10/2019 21:54:42