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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- 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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I recently took some photos inside an abadoned retirement home.
Stairway to the dining room.
Another stairway to the manager's office if you have any complaints.
Of course the food is prepared with care.
How about a drink at the bar tonight?
You might need that.
I managed to secure a last minute permit (benefits of a winter trip) to hike to 'The Subway' in Zion National Park. I did the hike last Thursday and it was pretty strenuous, especially since I had a heavy camera bag and tripod. The hike is around 8 miles round trip, crossing the stream multiple times and negotiating boulders. It was definitely not a fun hike. The magic though started to happen a half mile before the destination, by Archangel Falls. Because of the heavy snowfall and rain the past few weeks, the creek was flowing with good force. The falls looked amazing, although 'The Subway' itself had too much water to get cool shots of the potholes etc. I will have to head back in the fall for those. Here are some shots from my trip. Thanks for looking.
Never in my dream have I thought of setting foot in Iran. A few of my photographic friends attested this is a place on planet earth never to be missed, and urged me to fulfill my bucket list as one of the “Mecca” for photography enthusiasts.
One of Iran’s attraction is her architectural beauty. But the greatest attraction and assets could just be its people. They are friendly and extremely hospitable, and are particularly curious about foreigners. Often they will invite you in for tea.
If street photography is your thing similarly to my affection, Iran can endlessly offer a plethora of unmediated chance encounters and fascinating random incidents in many places.
2,500km by road in 10 days
They were strumming beautiful music. Not long after I took a few shots, right in front of my eyes, these two buskers were roughened up and detained by plain clothed policemen, presumably operating without licence.
Amidst the current privation, these elderlies remain lively and cheerful, preserving a high spirit through a daily regime of morning workouts.
UNESCO registered, it is regarded as one of the biggest public squares in the world. It is full of life and activities by day and night. A prime destination for both domestic and foreign travellers
Shah Mosque in the back ground. Chariots are available for a ride around the square compound.
Art students having a fun time.
Vank Cathedral, Isfahan.It is not easy to get a clean shot without the stream of visitors moving around. Adding to this difficulty, then came this gentlemen stood right in front of my camera. Lo and behold, I found his stark presence inevitably offered me an interesting composition. I quickly clicked away. I'm happy with this shot without wasting more time for a cleaner background.
Nasir Al Mulk Mosque,Shiraz.It has been dubbed the “Pink Mosque” due to the plethora of pink-colored tiles blanketing the ceiling. The interior of this mosque is not big but nonetheless will be packed with photography enthusiasts by early morning. The attraction of this mosque is the gorgeous rainbow of color in every direction, helped by the sun lights piercing thru’ the stained glass. The pattern changes throughout the time. Its like stepping into a whirling kaleidoscope.
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Cannery Row Marina in Monterey in Midnight Fog
Pelicans Over Cove at Point Lobos California
Multi-Colored Sunset near south of Monterey at Point Lobos California
Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles
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The word Guilin inevitably transcend our mind to associate with the overflowing belt of bizarre mountains which are magically rounded at the top. These incredible limestone rock formations are actually found in the outskirt of Guilin. Yangshuo is one of the popular location to soak up the majestic sight, and provides inspiration for many poets and artists.
Some fishermen and cormorants pictures will be accompanied with this set as cormorant fishing is synonymous with Guilin.
Can you imagine the mountains are your backyard
Shops and some sort of bazaar within the mountainous area
A cool sunrise in Yangshou - The magical mountains with Li River at foreground.
Sunrise in Yangshuo - The magical mountains with Li River snaking through.
Sunset at Yangshou
Fishermen with cormorants as co-partners are a common sight along the Li River
A proud cormorant. Kidding. Description will be a misnomer. These birds can dive to great length and submerge for a long period of time to catch their prey with the hope of self consuming. But the ring encircled the bird’s neck will prevent it from swallowing, and the owner will claim the catch. The enslaved cormorant is destined to work for life for his owner. Poor thing.
A fisherman thumping the water to attract fishes for cormorant an easier catch