I managed to visit Zion for a few days and finally got to hike The Narrows during summer. I was afraid of the crowds - hence took the first shuttle at 6 AM. Even then, I was surprised seeing the lines for the first shuttle on a weekday (about 60% of the crowd couldn't get on the first shuttle). Anyway, I hiked up The Narrows on two days (with a day apart the hikes) and it was fabulous. I was always under the illusion that the best light would be during early to late morning, but I found the afternoon light to be gorgeous in certain sections of the canyon. I couldn't make it all the way to Big Springs as the water levels were higher than chest level in certain areas and I didn't want to swim with my gear (even though I had a dry bag). Here are some shots from the hike - if you can get away and check out The Narrows, please do so. BTW, in the first shot, there was a little wind blowing and hence the tree leaves might seem blurry.
I was lucky enough to visit 'The Subway' in Zion 3 times in March and April of this year. The water levels were high due to the enormous amount of snowfall this winter. The hike was really strenuous and my friends thought I was mad to do it so many times - but there is something about that hike that keeps drawing me back. Maybe it's the solitude and the feeling of being alone with no one around. On my third visit (in April), all the permits were utilized for that day (meaning 80 people were going to hike that day), but I only saw them on the way back (since I always start my hikes before sunrise). I can't wait to head back there in the fall again - in the interim, here are some photos from my last visit. All shots with the Nikon D850 and the Nikon 14-24 (utilizing the WonderPana CPL kit - I find it excellent for the price of under $200, which includes the filter kit and a CPL filter).
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I'm very proud that this photo was chosen for the "Daily Dozen" on National Geographic's "YourShot" on July 22nd and came in second in voting for "Photo of the Day."
This is Cascade Falls at Watkins Glen, New York.
Visited the fishing village of Burano, about an hour by boat from Venice this summer. While famous of the quality of the lace made here, what makes it a favorite of photographers are the brightly colored houses all around the island.
The tradition of painting houses in such bright colors is to easily demarcate the properties, though a popular legend is that this was done due to the island's past as a fishing village where the bright colors made it easier for returning fishermen to find their homes in the thick fog of the lagoon.
Tourism is the main industry today, but the island has only one hotel, so tourists make the day trip from Venice. It is crowded during the tourist season, but I went there towards the end of the day and go the place mostly to myself.
The typical Burano's houses are mainly squared-shaped and are divided into two or three floors. At the low ground there is the kitchen, the breakfast nook and the toilet. At the next floors there are the bedrooms. There are currently around 2000 to 3000 residents in this island.
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- The Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III nearing Sunset – A dull cloudy day in Paris until the sun wedged out between clouds, and Paris lit up with this scene.
- A Tree Lined Drive to a Mansion near Bruges, Belgium.
- Louvre Museum And Pool Reflection in Paris, France - Always beautiful, the cloudless skies and the lack of crowds made this a stop and shoot moment.
- Lobster Cove near Manchester-by-the-Sea Massachusetts is my new favorite oceanfront location. This site was exploding with Fall Foliage when we visited.
- A Little Rain Gives Solitude To A Stroller - He said the rain cleared the crowds and lets him enjoy peaceful strolls along Pont Neuf and the River Seine in Paris.
- Sunset Over Cemetery in Dijon France - I shot this unusual lighting as the sun was setting behind me, getting dark except for a beam of light on the trees.
- A Fashionable Stroller in the Rain on Pont Neuf, Paris.
- I shot this pond for the rippling water and multi-colored blurred stone background. The ducks stole the focus, but I liked the effect..
- Ranchland near Calabasas, CA. This former Home of the Chumash "Indians," is largely unchanged in 1,000s of years.
- Walden Pond - The view from the cabin of Henry David Thoreau, and probably my only selfie ever, snapped by my Canon time-lapse shutter release...
- Mystical Lighting and Cloud Cover Over a Church
- Autumn scene with backlit leaves and cloudy skies on Coastal Scenic Route 127 in Massachusetts, my new favorite east coast highway.
- A brownstone near Washington Square in New York City, NY - In the same neighborhood as the Home Studio of Annie Leibovitz - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography.
- Sacre Coeur Basilica and the Montmartre hillside artist colony which was a training ground for a long list of painters including van Gogh, Dalí, Monet, & Picasso.
- Gothic Backstreet in Dijon France. Some buildings were hundreds of years old; a few dated as old as a 1,000 years.
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Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
Well a little late to posting these images, daytime job kept getting in the way.
Lady Aurora’s breathtaking display on a chilly (-42F) February night in Canada’s North West Territories (NWT).
Sights and sounds (yes, heard faint, static crackle) of the aurora where amazing.
One of the best nights of aurora displays that I have had the pleasure to witness and to photograph.
Add photographing the aurora, in winter, in the NWT to your bucket list!!
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Thanks much, John