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Elliot Lockwood
(elockwood) - F
"Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/22/2007 22:00:10 MST Print View

I took this shot over the weekend during an overnighter in Kolob canyon. It snowed consistently from about 9pm thru 6pm the next day. I went in classic ultralight style with a bivy bag under the night sky. Waking up occasionally with snow piled on your bag gives a great feeling of self realization.

Thanks for looking.

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/22/2007 22:04:18 MST Print View

Your missing your calling... you should turn professional photographer.

(jhaura) - F

Locale: Trail
Re: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/22/2007 22:20:24 MST Print View

Beautiful pic. I like the lighting. Really makes me want to get in some cold weather bivies.

Elliot Lockwood
(elockwood) - F
Re: Re: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/22/2007 22:34:19 MST Print View

Wow, the strongest of compliments. Thank you. :)

Jhaura: Indeed, open bivying in the wet rain is an experience I'd rather skip, but snow is dry and quite comfortable. I'll try to post a small report in the trip report forum later in the week.

Thomas Knighton
(Tomcat1066) - F

Locale: Southwest GA
Re: Re: Re: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/23/2007 04:00:11 MST Print View

Wow. Just Wow. It makes me wish I didn't live so far east! Absolutely beautiful, and a FANTASTIC photo. Just plain wow, although there really aren't words to describe it for me.


Richard Nelridge
(naturephoto1) - M

Locale: Eastern Pennsylvania
"Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/23/2007 04:42:03 MST Print View

Hi Elliot,

Beautiful Image. I see that I got my answer to my question regarding the original test. I was reading the new posts from the bottom up (oldest to newest). But, was the image taken at or just after sunrise, or is this an image taken late in the afternoon. Even though you title it Afternoon, it does not follow your description.


s k
(skots) - F
Re: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/23/2007 06:00:07 MST Print View

The shot is wonderful, Elliot. I feel covetous of the moment. Thanks for posting.

Elliot Lockwood
(elockwood) - F
Re: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/23/2007 08:15:35 MST Print View

Thanks Richard.
Sorry for the bad description. It was taken at around 5:30 PM Sunday night on the hike back to the car. The snowstorm was intense all day long, but it cleared for just 3 or 4 minutes, and it happened to be during sunset.

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Eric Noble
(ericnoble) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Re: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/23/2007 09:10:06 MST Print View

The Kolob area of Zions is something else. I spent a week backpacking this area many years ago and always stop by when I'm in the area, at least for the over look. My wife and I did a day hike (7 miles in) to see the Kolob arch, which as I recall is the longest natural arch in the world. The Kolob area is a little out of the way from the main part of Zions and I bet a lot of people who come to see Zions don't see it. It's off highway I-15 from Salt Lake to Saint George Utah. The Navaho sandstone of the Kolob fingers is spectacular. Your picture is absolutely amazing! Great job!

Edited by ericnoble on 01/23/2007 09:11:39 MST.

Alec Muthig
(Alekat) - F

Locale: Wyoming, USA
Re: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/23/2007 13:05:17 MST Print View

Absolutely beautiful picture. The lighting is amazing!

Elliot Lockwood
(elockwood) - F
Re: Re: Re: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/23/2007 18:21:38 MST Print View

It is incredible indeed. I did make it to the arch this trip, which was interesting in this weather. It used to be considered the largest in the world until about 6 months ago when they did a new accurate measurement, and it fell a mere 3ft short of the title, making it second.

The Kolob section is my favorite part of Zion, mainly because you don't see the crouds or the pavement.

Roger B
(rogerb) - MLife

Locale: Here and there
Re: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/23/2007 18:53:14 MST Print View

Wow, and the camera was?

Stephen Nelson
(stephenn6289) - F

Locale: Sunshine State
stunning on 01/23/2007 19:39:02 MST Print View

as a fellow photographer, I am speechless (and a little jealous, but don't let that bother you)

Elliot Lockwood
(elockwood) - F
Re: Re: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/23/2007 20:06:41 MST Print View

Camera was a Pentax K10D, 17-70 lens w/polarizer.

Exposure info: 1/10s, f/11, 45mm, ISO 100, raw converted with Bibble.


Chris Miller
(chrisdm) - F
Re: Re: Re: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/25/2007 21:10:47 MST Print View

Beautiful photo Elliot. And thanks for turning me on to the "photo gallery", I just noticed it.

Also, I just got a K10D for backpacking as well, and I think it is the ultimate backpacking camera. I will post one of my photos soon.

Thanks again for sharing this photo.

Steve .
(pappekak) - F

Locale: Tralfamadore
RE: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/26/2007 09:29:02 MST Print View

Sweet shot! Was it hand held or did you use a tripod?

The lighting is really great!

Elliot Lockwood
(elockwood) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/26/2007 18:16:17 MST Print View

Thanks. It is an excellent camera for backpacking photographers, however I wouldn't call it the ultimate backpacking camera for photographing backpackers. :)

Will look forward to seeing your photos!

Elliot Lockwood
(elockwood) - F
Re: RE: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/26/2007 18:18:58 MST Print View

I had along with me a carbon fiber tripod, but amazingly enough I didn't use it for the shot. The photo at full res is as sharp as can be thanks to the camera stabilization.


Steve .
(pappekak) - F

Locale: Tralfamadore
Re: Re: RE: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/26/2007 18:28:23 MST Print View

Very impressive for handheld at 1/10s. I've been pleased with the stabilization in my FZ3 but I don't think I could get a good hand held out of it at 1/10s.

Edited by pappekak on 01/26/2007 18:38:57 MST.

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Re: Re: RE: "Afternoon Canyon Snowstorm" on 01/26/2007 20:48:20 MST Print View


Your picture was beautiful. I posted it with your credits on my blog. If that isn't okay please let me know here or by email and I will remove it.