Photo Of The Day – Bryce Canyon And Beyond + 6 More

Title: Bryce Canyon And Beyond Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, North America  (37°37’42” N 112°9’46” W) Description: Utah is something special. Camera Canon 10D Lens Canon 16-35mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 35mm Aperture f/8 Shutter Speed 1/200 sec Altitude 8004′ Photograph Copyright 2017 Peter West Carey. Image Available Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Zion Waterfall + 11 More

Title: Zion Waterfall Location: Zion National Park, Utah,USA, North America (37°15’22” N 112°57’41” W) Description: “Don’t shoot landscape images during the middle of the day,” They say. Bah! I say. Shot at the Upper Emerald Pools area just across the river from the main lodge in Zion National Park, this location Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Emerald Pools Falls, Zion National Park

Title: Emerald Pools Falls, Zion National Park Location: Upper Emerald Pool, Zion National Park, Utah, USA, North America (40°30’33” N 121°27’55” W) Description: Getting up before the sun and hiking has its benefits. In this case, I joined my friend Russ on a short walk to Emerald Pools Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Zion Walls And Silhouette

Title: Zion Walls And Silhouette Location: Zion National Park, Utah, USA, North America (37°17’4″ N 112°56’53” W) Description: I want to go back to this park, even if the weather is not as absolutely perfect as it was this Spring. There is a lot of beauty in the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Nothing But Hoodoos

Title: Nothing But Hoodoos Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: I love hoodoos ——————- Camera Canon 10D Lens 50mm ISO 100 Focal Length 50mm Aperture f/3.5 Shutter Speed 1/350 Altitude 9000′ or so Photograph Copyright 2016 Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email). Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Juniper And The Setting Sun

Title: Juniper And The Setting Sun Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Like the photo? Join the club. Camera Nikon 800E Lens Nikon 14-24mm ISO 100 Focal Length 16mm Aperture f/22 Shutter Speed 1/8 Altitude unknown Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing Continue Reading →

2015 Calendars Are Ready!

I’m happy to announce this year I am releasing not one, not two, but seven different 2015 wall calendars! And because of price drops, all calendars are just $15 (+S&H). The subjects of each calendar are : US National Parks Sunrise & Sunset Himalayas in Color Himalayas in Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Burning Clouds Over Canyonlands National Park

Title: Burning Clouds Over Canyonlands National Park Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: I love using my zoom lens for sunset shots as it provides a wide variety of composition options. In this case I was able to take just a slice of the fiery Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Bryce Canyon National Park – Sunrise Point

Title: Bryce Canyon National Park – Sunrise Point Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: While it is named Sunrise Point, the view is excellent any time of day. Looking to the East the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon stretch toward the steps of Grand Staircase-Escalante Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Utah And John Muir

 Title: Utah And John Muir Location: Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, USA, North America Description: I have no special reason for this “quote on picture” Photo Of The Day post today. Unlike yesterday, with the birthday of Yosemite National Park being celebrated, there is no such occasion for Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park

   Title: The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park Location: Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah, USA, North America ( 38°28’8.86″N  109°44’24.25″W) Description: Layer after layer of rock is timelessly worn away by the mighty Colorado River as it enters Canyonlands National Park where it will join with the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise On Canyonlands National Park From Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

  Title: Sunrise On Canyonlands National Park From Dead Horse State Park, Utah Location: Dead Horse State Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Looking down on the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park, Utah from Dead Horse Point State Park is like looking down through time. Eons of Continue Reading →

An Easy Path To Great Landscape Photos – Visit A National Park

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Time after time when I view my own photos and gravitate to what I enjoy the most, 70% of those images are shot in a national park some place on this planet (with UNESCO World Heritage Sites coming in a near the top as well). It’s no coincidence that they are also one of the places I like most to visit.

If you are starting out in landscape photography and struggling to find subject matter, consider finding a nearby national park. And this goes for those of you outside the USA as well. In Australia they are all over the place while other countries might have a scarcity, but they are almost always worth the travel.

Sure, ‘everyone’ has been there before you, but if you are looking for experience and almost surefire shooting material, what better place to practice. After all, for all of us, every shot is practice for the future. Every shot hopefully teaches us something or helps us appreciate light and nature in some way. National parks will help you soak up that experience while helping you improve you skills.

How To View The Slideshow

To view the full screen slideshow, simply look to the lower left hand corner for a big X. When you click that, these words will hide away and you can see the full background slideshow of National Parks. Click the spot where the X was again to make the words come back. Hovering your mouse over an image will temporarily stop the slideshow.

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Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise, Mt. Rainier Natio

 

Photo Of The Day – Intimacy With An Arch

   Title: Intimacy With An Arch Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America (38°44’38” N  109°29’59” W) Description: One of the most iconic arches in Utah, that of Delicate Arch, is seen here in partial view while the rising sun lights the La Sal mountains behind. While Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise And Photographer At Delicate Arch

Title: Sunrise And Photographer At Delicate Arch Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America (38°44’36” N  109°29’58” W) Description: Utilizing a fisheye lens and then correcting the distortion in Lightroom when I got home, this shot of Delicate Arch offers a different perspective to the iconic landscape Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Title: Sunrise At Mesa Arch II Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America (38°23’18” N  109°51’50” W) Description:Mesa Arch, located in Canyonlands National Park in Southern Utah, USA, is a natural wonder that encompasses all that is beautiful about this area of the county. Utah has Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Utah Juniper Tree On The Edge Of Canyonlands National Park

Title: Utah Juniper Tree On The Edge Of Canyonlands National Park Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: A small but growing juniper tree takes root in the most unlikely of places. Here the tree enjoys an excellent view of Canyonlands National Park and the Green River Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Polaris Over Balanced Rock

Title: Polaris Over Balanced Rock Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: In this 20 minute exposure taken on a night when the moon was still hanging above the Utah horizon with a pale, muted glow, Polaris, the North Star, can be seen in the far upper Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Distant Buttes

Title: Distant Buttes Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: As the sun sets over Canyonlands National Park in Utah, USA, haze catches fire and mimics the orange sandstone of the cliffs all around. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 300mm Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Stars Over Balanced Rock

Title: Stars Over Balanced Rock Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Timeless as the heavens, but slowly weathering away, Balanced Rock is lit by the reflection off a setting moon in this 10 minute exposure in Arches National Park, Utah. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 10-22mm Continue Reading →

Air Travel Amazes Me

To say air travel amazes me is like saying the Pope is kind of Catholic. Have you ever considered what it takes to get a plane off the ground or why it flies? Have you thought about how easy it is to get from Point A to Point Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Orange

I go through phases with my photography and it is especially easy to grab on to a color concept when looking through the images on a recent trip. In this case, orange caught my eye so I started collecting images from the past five years (or so) of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Photographers At Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

    Title: Photographers At Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA Location: Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Getting a good spot at Mesa Arch can be tricky and require a lack of sleep. Here, photographers are lined up for the classic ‘front-on’ Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunset And The Cliffs

Title: Sunset And The Cliffs Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: From the Green River Overlook in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, the sun cuts dramatic shapes around cliffs and buttes before setting across the horizon. This viewpoint is a short walk at the end of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Canyonlands Gooseneck Bend Panorama Exploration

To use this image, simply click and drag to move around. Use your scroll wheel to zoom in and out, or use [Shift] to zoom in and [CTRL] to zoom out. And if you want to turn things up a notch, choose “Fullscreen”. The image is 118MB large, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

Title: Sunrise At Mesa Arch II Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Mesa Arch is lit from light bouncing off the cliff face below it. A unique phenomena, this daily event (weather permitting) always draws a crowd of photographers. Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Camera Canon Continue Reading →

Top 10 Photos Of 2012

My friend and fellow photographer Jim Goldstein is not only a great photographer, he invites people to share their work through his annual round-up of everyone’s best images from the previous year. I’m not one to participate in many “Best of…” lists, but it’s an honor for me Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Below Mesa Arch At Sunrise

Title: Below Mesa Arch At Sunrise Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: A unique view of Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park just after sunrise. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 8-15mm Shutter Speed 1/10 Aperture f/20 ISO 100 Focal Length 8mm Click HERE to purchase Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Deserted Delicate Arch At Sunrise

    Title: Deserted Delicate Arch At Sunrise Location: Arches National park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Delicate Arch stands basking in morning sun as nary a soul is to be found at this normally crowded and popular landmark. Early morning, while not the ‘perfect’ time to catch Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Soaring Clouds

Title: Soaring Clouds Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: A single cloud swirls into the shape of a raptor above Dark Angel and other rock formations in Arches National Park, Utah. Camera Canon 5D Lens Canon 16-25mm L Shutter Speed 1/200 Aperture f/7.1 ISO 50 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Puzzle Pieces

Title: Puzzle Pieces Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Often when I explore the Colorado Plateau region of Southern Utah, I am struck by how the eroded land seems to be something of a jigsaw puzzle. The trick is to keep moving around the rocks, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Bryce Canyon After Sunset

  Title: Bryce Canyon After Sunset Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Bryce Canyon, as seen from the Sunrise Lookout, is a magnificent landscape any time of day and especially when the golden orange of the sandstone is mimicked in the passing clouds above. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Nothing But Hoodoos

Title: Nothing But Hoodoos Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Hoodoos, those scraggly spires seen in this image, are created by millions of years of dirt and sand sedimentation followed by thousands upon thousands of years of erosion. The different rock make up of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Just After Sunset

Title: Just After Sunset Location: Green River Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Magic happens after the sun has passed the horizon, if you take the time to look the other way. Often, just after the sun has set, the shadow of the Earth can Continue Reading →