The Virgin River
|Watchman by Night|
One of the most popular spots in the park is to stand on the bridge and photograph the Watchman and the Virgin River.
Many will instantly know what I mean when I say "the bridge", for those that do not there is a bridge at Canyon Junction across the Virgin River where dozens of people gather every night to stand on the bridge and photograph sunset light on a mountain called the Watchman.
Now when you stand on the bridge cars are going across the bridge right behind you. I mean right behind you. As in don't wear a backpack, they are that close. Now they are not going to fast (maybe 20 mph) but they are right there.
If you have never been to Zion, it is probably a shot you will want to do. Just be prepared for a crowd.
I have done that image and knew I wanted something different from the area. So I did a few things different. I went out there at night. The crowds are gone, the cars are rare, and the stars above the Watchman make for an interesting image.
Look at the top image here and you will notice, that is not daytime.....it's night.
|Virgin River and Peaks|
Ok, I had a good composition. Now I just had to wait for the right light. It took me three days before that light happened but when I did I got what may be my favorite image from the trip. I was able to get the images in a just a few minutes. My prefinding the right spot really paid off.
I really like the cluster of peaks here, the light and clouds in the sky and the river in the foreground.
|Virgin River and Milky Way|
So in just a 50 yard stretch of the river I was able to make several very different images. It is why I keep exploring
areas and like to move around and look at what might be possible.