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Sunrise on the White Rim Trail in Utah’s Canyonland by Wes Odell

November 2023 - Sunrise on the White Rim Trail in Utah’s Canyonland

November 2023 - Wes Odell


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“Sunrise on the White Rim Trail in Utah’s Canyonlands”

The undeveloped “road” around the mesa on which they call “The Island in the Sky” in Utah’s Canyonlands N.P. (near Arches NP and Moab and is bounded by two rivers, the Green and the Colorado.) A five day 4WD vehicle trip involving the Camera Club in Salt Lake City, gave us an up close look at some terrific desert scenery. We were sleeping “under the stars” and awoke to this sunrise. Conversion via Nik using “More Silver” pre-set and standard tools. If you plan to go, you will need to get a permit well in advance from the NPS. If you don’t have a Jeep, you can rent one in Moab. As a result very few people will ever get to take this trip. For the Bucket List!!!

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11 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Of course the color shot is fantastic, but so is the monochrome. I love shots with so much black in them, which is a favorite of mine.   Posted: 11/08/2023 15:06:37
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Thanks for the comment. I haven't exhibited or even shown this B&W version. Glad to hear someone likes it.   Posted: 11/08/2023 19:16:01

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
That must have been quite a trip, and waking up to this great image was icing on the cake. The partial moon really adds to the image. Your exposure was perfect. I much prefer the color.   Posted: 11/10/2023 15:58:35
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
re the color: Maybe it's due to having used slide film?
  Posted: 11/10/2023 16:06:12
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I don't know, but the colors are beautiful. I am more impressed that it is slide film, because it was hard to get the exposure perfect with it.   Posted: 11/10/2023 16:09:29
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
As my ol' grannie would say: "An ounce of luck is worth a pound of skill"   Posted: 11/10/2023 16:10:40

Somdutt Prasad   Somdutt Prasad
A mastershot, both the color and the mono look good. I'd prefer the color unless you were intending this to be part of a mono series.   Posted: 11/12/2023 18:56:28

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I am with everyone else here-the colour is lovely -that magenta glow in the sky is beautiful. I'm not a fan of these early sunrise or late sunset pictures going into mono, as for me, the magical, shortlived colour is paramount. I've just been reviewing some I took of the afterglow in Monument Valley and although they probably would never get anywhere in a competition, I find them very satisfying.   Posted: 11/19/2023 05:43:17
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
I had the color version "printed" onto Acrylic and it came out very well. If you haven't tried acrylic, it is a wonderful medium for beautiful colors without having an "over-saturated" appearance.
Suggest you experiment, making a small "print" just to get the feel of it. It also does quite nicely on BW images.
New News: My picture of the old Spanish Church in Taos, New Mexico, with the Friar in front, won the PPD ICPC (InterClub) end of year Second Place Medal for Large Mono for 2022-23.   Posted: 11/19/2023 06:01:03

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Thanks for the comments.
Sorry for my tardiness in responding to this Round. We've spent the month moving into an Independent Living facility (nice), and getting the home ready to sell.
My advice: 1. Move when younger. 2. Coordinate the timing with when your adult children can assist.   Posted: 11/19/2023 05:52:51
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
No worries. Point taken!   Posted: 11/19/2023 09:13:13