Certainty by DaniloFaria

Running risks to find what is ahead, search for answers, keep going…
“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.” John Allen Paulos

Early morning sunlight shines on Kanarra Creek Canyon walls (Hoya ND-400 X, 9 stop filter used). A precarious stairway helps hikers to go further into the canyon to other falls, in search of certainty. This specific ladder has suffer serious damage from a flash flood a few years back, it has been replaced with a new one since this image was taken. Thank you all for your support and feedback!

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Just a Peek by BryanSwan

Peekaboo Canyon was actually a little bit anti-climatic for me. It was the first of the three slot canyons I visited in the Escalante area, but the light was absolutely horrible at the time I got there, so it was put on the back burner in favor of nearby Spooky Gulch instead. On the way out, we swung back to Peekaboo via the upper entrance to avoid the “oh, guess what, you’re out of shape” scramble up from the bottom of the canyon, and by then the direct light had shifted to a subtle, cool glow from the rim of the canyon that ended up casting some rather unique color on certain shaded portions of the bedrock. I’m still not entirely convinced I didn’t just underexpose too much, but I’m pretty pleased with the result, even if it did end up a little too exaggerated.

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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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Chamber of Light by Pcoskun

Warm light bounces off the deep canyon walls of Zion’s narrows early in the morning. Rushing waters flow through this magnificent canyon constantly changing it’s appearance. Hard to believe, but I was nearly waist deep in the water here trying to keep my tripod and camera steady from the turbulent rapids. I tried making a similar image from this spot last year, however it was much later in the day providing more lackluster light on the walls and water.

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