Info: Nikon D70, Nikkor DX 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens, and a Gitzo
G 2220 tripod with a Manfrotto 486 head. A B+W polarizer filter
was used to capture both reflections of the canyon wall and the
translucent quality of the water. Exposure: 1/13 sec at f/22.
Nikon's PictureProject and Corel's Paint Shop Pro
Version 8.1 software were used for image editing, which was kept
to a minimum.
© 2005, Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer, All Rights Reserved
In this wondrous area of the Coyotte Buttes, Utah, there is no clear distinction
between smooth rock floors and soaring canyon walls. Although the geology of this
remote area is truly unique, it seemed "other worldly" on this day
due to threatening weather conditions. Our party of photographers almost cut the
trek short a couple of times, faced with periodic spitting rain and rather chilly
wind. I walked into this placid scene after one last photo shoot of the actual
"Wave," having just repacked my tripod and camera. It was a pleasant
surprise to see a bit of soft light glowing in the otherwise gray threatening
sky. These conditions provided just enough ambient light to create soft reflections
in the shallow pool of water. I am a bit wiser after this memorable hike, understanding
better the value of perseverance and openness to the unexpected.
--Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer
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