Magical Hoodoos by morganpt

Bryce Canyon is one of those cool places where a dramatic, expansive landscape is just a ten minute walk from the car. Kind of amazing really. For this shot, I was just trying to draw as much color out of the sunset using long exposures and the natural magenta hues of my B+W 10 stop filters.

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Colored Hoodoos of Coal Mine Canyon, Arizona by PatrickMarsonOng

Coal Mine Canyon is a lesser known gem tucked in between the border of Hopi and Navajo Indian Reservations, Arizona. A place greatly inspired by jaw-dropping images of Paul Rojas, Guy Schmickle, Joseph Rossbach and Dave McEllistrum. This became one of my must see and visit place because of them and Paul was kind enough to give all the directions on how to reach this place plus a creepy ghost story too! hahaha! You rock man! Owe you one!

Driving down the dirt road, away from the highway made us wonder if it was the right turn-off. No sign of any canyon, just a plain flat and boring field. Then after a few more seconds, there it is!!!!! Mini canyon with multiple layered ravines, cliffs and pyramid-like formations imaginable. Mix of red, orange, grey, brown and black colors complimenting each other. What an awesome view!!

Without the presence of any guard-rails, you are free to roam around and explore the area. Finding a spot to shoot from was easy, well for a person who’s not afraid of heights. It’s always been an awkward feeling for me shooting in such terrain haha! With soft and crumbly edges all over the canyon, it was a crazy-scary experience. No luck with the clouds, went for that intense red-orange glow after sunset.

What intrigues me the most are the ghost stories told by both Native Americans and Anglos about this place. “They claim that on certain nights, when the moonlight dances across the hoodoos, a white mist rises from the bottom of the canyon and forms the shape of a beautiful young woman. The stories say the apparition is that of a young Navajo wife who once walked along the rim of the canyon with her husband and small child, who both fell to their deaths. The grief-stricken wife returned to the spot every night until she died, and now her ghost returns when the moon is full. Miners have also reported they hear “knocking sounds” after dark. Another bit of folklore deals with the Eagle Woman who fell into the canyon and was buried there, but climbed out of her grave and now appears occasionally to frolic in the moonlight. Others believe the ghost is Masaw, an omen of death.”

So……. Night shoot anyone?!? LOL!

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Inspiration Sunset by Pcoskun

I have been to many places in the southwest given that I live in the region. It surprises people sometimes when I tell them I haven’t been to certain places that I “should have” gone too long ago. Last year it was Zion after a few years of putting it off. This year while on a week long trip returning to Zion, I kept the thought in the back of my mind that Bryce Canyon National Park was nearly two hours away. I have also told myself that the only time I would truly go out of my way to Bryce Canyon was if there was snow on the ground. During the middle of the week, a day starting out to be gloomy turned out to be one that provided some of the most unique photographic opportunities I have had in the desert. A storm brought snow to Zion’s high country as myself and two of my friends wandered the parks east side where fall colors and falling snow contrasted the mixing of seasons in the desert. Just outside the park, there was nearly three inches of snow on the ground. I knew that the temps would drop greatly that day throughout the southwest and that the potential for snow at Bryce was a pretty good possibility. The very next day, my friend Scotty and I packed up and headed to Bryce Canyon. This was the first time I had ever been to this park despite passing the turnoff on multiple occasions. We went to almost every viewpoint to see the possibilities and how much snow was still present between the hoodoos. Thankfully, there was still plenty of the white powder contrasting with the vibrant orange hoodoos that make up this landscape. After checking out the views, it was decided that Inspiration point would be our sunset shoot. We arrived under wonderful looking skies that looked to be as promising for a stunning sunset. We waited, and waited for the colors to emerge, and while they didn’t explode like we were hoping, I enjoyed the subtle colors of the clouds. The sky contrasted quite nicely with the landscape below and showed the remains of the recent snow spread throughout the maze of hoodoos. It’s rare that a named inspiration point actually lives up to it’s name, but this one surely did. Perhaps it was due to seeing this place for the first time, but I surely cannot wait to go back when they get even more snow.

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Dreaming… by WaynePinkston

Valley of Dreams in the New Mexico Badlands

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Valley of Dreams by WaynePinkston

This place is called the Valley of Dreams and is in the New Mexico Badlands, located south of Farmington and the Bisti Badlands, and just North of Chaco Canyon. I was looking for interesting places that are not frequented, and this really fits the bill, being located in the middle of nowhere. There are many miles of dirt roads to reach this place. There is not much information on the internet on this area, but an excellent website is: This is near the Ah-shi-sie-pah wilderness and an area called the Wilderness Study area.

There are innumerable small to medium mudstone hoodoos here, a fascinating wilderness of eroded stone. The rock here is not red rock, but a much paler gray-brownish color.

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Bryce Canyon Sunset by miketlim

It was a cold, windy but relatively cloudless day. Thankfully, I was fortunate to get a range of yellow and orange colours to add a little mood to the sky.

Edited with Adobe Lightroom 6 and Photoshop CC 2015.

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The Ancient City by alexnoriega

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An eerie sunrise spotlights Utah’s Bryce Canyon on a bitterly cold spring morning.

This is just one of the standard viewpoints available at the park, nothing too crazy (nor too impressive compositionally), but the conditions were so nice that I had to make an image regardless. My initial inclination was toward a more intimate composition (and certainly there are plenty of those to be had here), but I think a wider view better tells the story of this location and its countless hoodoo formations.

Single handheld exposure. Looks best on black, due to the complexity of the scene and the higher contrast level.

Also, a reminder that only a couple spots remain on the workshop I’m leading with Alex Mody in Olympic National Park this September.

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