Trip to Utah – Part 1

I have been putting off working the Utah images for a while and I have finally decided to finish working on them this weekend. I decided to divide the photos to two parts – the first part is primarily Arches National Park and the second part is Canyonlands National Park. Although we spent about three full days in Utah, the weather did not cooperate half of the time, so we tried to shoot as much as we could while it lasted. On top of that, as I have indicated before, I lost about 8 gigs of photos from the last two days. Hope you enjoy these!

I was initially planning to go through I-70 directly to Grand Junction and stay overnight. After a rock fell on the highway and destroyed a portion of it, we detoured through highway 287. On the way to Grand Junction, we stopped at a local farm to take some pictures of the cows early in the morning:


NIKON D300 @ 145mm, ISO 200, 1/3200, f/2.8

This one looked at me, wondering what I was up to:

Cow Looking

NIKON D300 @ 200mm, ISO 200, 1/2500, f/2.8

Next, we headed straight to Arches. The park was flooded with rain from a couple of days before, so there were plenty of interesting pools in the area:


Nikon D700 @ 16mm, ISO 200, 1/125, f/10.0

All clouds disappeared from the sky and we were just left with the blue sky:

Arches #1

NIKON D700 @ 28mm, ISO 200, 1/100, f/10.0

Arches #2

NIKON D300 @ 86mm, ISO 200, 1/1000, f/8.0

Arches #3

NIKON D300 @ 116mm, ISO 200, 1/640, f/8.0

Our last hike of the day was Delicate Arch. Although I posted some pictures of the arch right here, here is a panoramic version of the arch:

Delicate Arch Panorama

NIKON D700 @ 35mm, ISO 200, 1/250, f/8.0

We stayed at the arch for a while and ended up leaving at night. When we came to the parking lot, the sky was very clear and full of beautiful stars. I spotted Orion and took a shot:


NIKON D700 @ 30mm, ISO 3200, 15/1, f/4.0

We decided to come back to the Arches next day to photograph the Window Arch at sunrise. As the sun started appearing in the horizon, I turned back and snapped a picture:


Nikon D700 @ 16mm, ISO 200, 1/13, f/10.0

It is an HDR shot that I colorized in Photoshop, because the ground looked very pale.

Window Arch

NIKON D700 @ 28mm, ISO 200, 1/50, f/10.0

Sunrise at the Window Arch was not what I expected. The clouds were on the other side and the sky was plain blue again…I was really hoping to get some clouds in the sky!

Window Arch at Sunrise

NIKON D700 @ 35mm, ISO 200, 1/160, f/10.0

Nevertheless, I still went ahead and got a shot of the Turret Arch through the Window Arch:

Arches #4

NIKON D700 @ 30mm, ISO 200, 1/250, f/10.0

Clouds moved in very quickly and it was supposed to rain in the evening. We took a long hike in the park and snapped some shots here and there:

Arches #5

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 1/125, f/10.0

Arches #6

NIKON D700 @ 22mm, ISO 200, 1/160, f/11.0

Arches #7

Nikon D700 @ 16mm, ISO 200, 1/2500, f/11.0

The weather then started to get worse. The next two days were just horrible, but we had no idea what was awaiting us, even after we saw the “sign” :)

The Sign

NIKON D300 @ 200mm, ISO 200, 1/640, f/8.0

Stay tuned for Part 2 and a surprise at the Canyonlands!

All of the above images (except the first two) were shot with Nikon D700 and Nikon 16-35mm VR lens.

  • WebMonster

    You should definately come to Turkey!

    • Nasim Mansurov

      WebMonster, I would love to! There are so many beautiful places to photograph in Turkey…

      • Nilufer Soucek

        I agree! I’m from Istanbul. Nasim, hope to meet you in person soon.

        • Nasim Mansurov

          Same here :) I keep hearing so many good things about you! Looking forward to meeting you and your husband.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Long time no see, by the way! Where have you been?

      • WebMonster

        Yes, have been busy with my new business. Now I need to sweap the dust off my camera and start shooting. But yet, I have been always watching you guys here :)

        • Nasim Mansurov

          New business is always good :)

          Well, good to have you back, please send our kindest regards to your wife and kiss your daughter.

  • sm

    Love the pictures. Can’t wait for part two…

    Love the HDR, not overdone….gorgeous…

    • Nasim Mansurov

      SM, thank you! To be honest, I’m starting to move away from HDR and I only use it when it is not possible to capture a scene with a single shot. I just don’t like the cartoonish/surreal feel HDR gives to the pictures anymore…

  • Игонин Алексей

    Насим, прямо сказочно, особенно на закате (восходе?). Спасибо, получил истинное удовольствие. Подумал, вот куда надо съездить пофотать:)

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Алексей, спасибо! Я еще вторую часть добавил вчера :)

  • Игонин Алексей

    Насим, я видел. Просто мне очень понравилась фотография с закатом (9-я сверху). В большом разрешении не будете ее выкладывать? С удовольствием скачаю как фон на рабочий стол. Даже бы лучше чтобы разрешение было 2560×1600 пикселей. Просто у меня монитор 30″:)

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Алексей, для Вас обязательно выставлю :)

      • Игонин Алексей

        Вот спасибо:)))))

        • Nasim Mansurov

          Алексей, фотки закачал сюда.

  • Nilufer Soucek

    These are amazing! Truly awe-inspiring.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Nilufer, thank you for your feedback and welcome to our blog! :)