Friday, August 14, 2009

Lake Powell, West Canyon Panoramic

A night shot panoramic illuminated by the moon. I know it looks like daylight but trust me you can see the stars in the larger version. This is a panoramic of 5 images stitched together. Its about 180 degree from left to right. Click on it to make larger.

PS. To all of my 4 or 5 readers and followers. I own a boat. If anyone interested in wanting to take a photographic trip to Lake Powell all you have to do is pay me lots of money for gas, food and help with base camp. Large format or DSLR coaching and training is another story. I would love to go back on a photo mission. Late September and early October are great times to be there. Warm days, cool nights and the water temperature is in the low 70's. Lets plan a trip! :-)

Lake Powell landscape

Sunset West Canyon, Lake Powell.

On one night the sunset was just right where this cliff turn deep saturated red. When all things come together the sunset at Lake Powell can be magnificent.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument. Most people don't realize this but the monument is a 50 mile boat ride up-lake from the Waweap Marina. Gas is very expensive at the marinas. Almost 5 bucks a gallon and the boats drink it a cold beer on a hot day.

A moon lit night after a little fishing.

A front rolls in that lasting almost two days. The national weather service issued wind advisories. We had wind gusts up to 45 mph.

Another sunset that didn't really pan-out, but was still nice none-the-less.

The next four images are shot at 10pm at night. The light is created by a full moon. Click on the pictures below and you can see the stars.

Moon light.

Moon Light.

Moon light.

The environment is so fragile there. Plant life struggles to live in the harsh environment.

This was not the kind of trip that I would call a photo-mission. It was primarily a family gathering. The objective was to visit family, relax and have fun. So, most of the photography I took was happy-snap in nature. Being the obsessive photographer that I am, I did manage to take a few pictures that I would like to share. Nothing great! Just cool pics of such a strange place at different times of the day and night.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lake Powell & Family

View from the back of the boat.

Houseboat bathing.


My nephew's family watches the sunset at Lake Powell.

Nephew's son Brett



My son Jason casting his line out.

Jason and his wife MaryBeth.

My son Christopher photographing Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

Christopher and Stephanie at Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

Jason and MaryBeth at Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

Stephanie and MaryBeth walking to Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

Nephew's son Tate

Tate hanging out with the big boys fishing.

Jason on the back of the houseboat.

Christopher throws the towel over his headafter a swim.

Stephanie and Christopher bust out some dance moves.

Left to right, Jason, MaryBeth, Lorie, Stephanie and Christopher on our way to Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

Lorie looking at the magnificent sandstone cliffs.

Nephew's son Tate.



I took an extended family vacation to Lake Powell last week with fourteen family members. We all rented a 60 foot houseboat. That sounds huge but it is actually pretty tight quarters for a group this size. These are some of the photographs from the trip. When I get the time to edit them I will post some night scenic shoots. They're interesting because they look like daylight photographs due to the full moon.