Canyon Smile by Pcoskun

The narrows in Zion National Park is one of my favorite places. It instantly became a favorite location of mine the first time I stepped in last year. I’ve always wanted to make some wide panoramas from this place, but had gotten so consumed by the beauty last time that I barely remembered to do so. It almost happened again this time, but on my way out of the narrows I saw these two trees against the canyon wall. I noticed the glowing corridor on the one side and the nice cascades below. I knew I couldn’t get this in one shot, so I thought this would be my chance to go super wide. The image is seven vertical frames stitched together and I was just barely able to fit the trees in going vertical. This is a pretty expansive scene and I had to wait for quite some time for people to pass as the exposures were a little longer here. Luckily, the glow lasted for a little while and I was able to get the series of shots uninterrupted. When I put the image together I noticed that the scene almost resembled a smile, as if the trees were the eyes, the large rock the nose, and the cascading water the actual smile. I did a lot of smiling in the canyon myself, not only greeting other hikers, but admiring the incredible beauty of this place.

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