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Day Two of our trip out at Zion National Park and we work hard to find the best spot for a sunrise despite the sky not cooperating. We had perfectly clear skies for Astrophotography that continued into the morning and kept our landscape photography sunrise shoot from pulling out any portfolio worthy images.

But we quickly take advantage of the great weather and find an amazing area just outside the borders of Zion National Park where we can fly our drone to capture some spectacular footage. We just love drone footage. We could sit and watch from the drone’s perspective for another 20 mins alone!

We learned a lot about our cameras, scouting Zion National Park and challenged our skills in composition. Learned more from what we did wrong this day than what we did right, but all that changes in Part 3 coming up next week!

Thanks for watching and see you next Friday!

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Astrophotography Gear:
Boruit Rechargeable LED Headlamp RJ-3000: https://goo.gl/FVrQKt
JClaw Tek LED Headlamp with Red Lights for Night: https://goo.gl/7bmz3l
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Rokinon/Samyang 24mm F/1.4 Aspherical Wide Angle Lens: https://goo.gl/IeBdaR

Vlogging Gear:
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9 replies
  1. Andrew Marr
    Andrew Marr says:

    There is nothing quite like Zion, it very unique. However I does remind me a little of the gorges we have up in the Pilbara area in Western Australia. That red rock and sudden flash flood, spectacular and dangerous all at the same time. I think you both grabbed great shots given the conditions. Thanks for sharing lads! 🙂

  2. Kirk Keyes
    Kirk Keyes says:

    At 11:48 – Using the cactus and the yellow flowers to block the lower side of the opposite canyon wall is a good idea. That lower side was kind of bland, especially compared to the walls higher up!
    But when doing a near-far composition, I'd try to get everything in focus – I find the blurry yellow flowers in the corners distracting. Maybe f/16 would have been better to get more depth of field. And remember to think about hyper focal distance when doing shots like this.
    Another suggestion, the tops of your flowers and cactus are at nearly the same level as the tops of the far canyon walls. If you had raised the camera up a bit and then pointed it downward some so that the sun was about 1/3 down from the top of the frame (letting the peak on the left get closer to the edge) and then put the top of the cacti about 1/3rd from the bottom of the frame, you would have seen more of the sun rays into the canyon, more canyon wall, and still had about the same amount of flowers and cactus in the photo. What I'm envisioning would be top third sun and skyline, middle third canyon walls and sunrays, and bottom third cactus and flowers. Framing like this would have removed your concern about a lack of clouds in the sky..
    Try to use the foreground to lead your eye into the photo or contrast with the background of the photo. I think here you have 3 vertical planes of focus that are not working well together. The flowers, the cactus, and the canyon ridge/sun – they are just stacked one in front of the other. Getting up higher would let your eye move from each of those subjects and give them depth, instead of being competing vertical subjects. The "rim light" from the sun on the cactus would let them stand out better as well if they had a darker background behind them like the far canyon wall instead of the skyline.
    I know people complain about "rules" of composition, but the Rules of Thirds is pleasing to the eye.
    And final suggestion – watch for things that stick into the frame that don't support the rest of the photo – I find those tree branches on the right a distraction and lead your eye out of the photo. I'm not saying to never have a branch sticking in the photo, but make sure it adds to the composition.  One of the first landscape photographers in Oregon, Ray Atkeson,  made a career out of having tree branches on the edges of his photos – http://www.rayatkeson.com/RAIA_Website/The_Archive/Pages/Ray_Atkeson_Image_Archive.html#22 But notice how he's framing the subject with the branches so it supports the image, even though the branches by themselves are rather uninteresting. A friend and I used to call it the "Ray Effect". It's not so popular a style anymore, but I still like it!
    As always, it's way easier for me to critique from home than it is to go out and take great photos! And I should have paid attention to more of the video – I see Brendan talks about a lot of these ideas at 12:45.

  3. Kirk Keyes
    Kirk Keyes says:

    I have to say – whenever I hear the phrase "sky replacement" I cringe… My viewpoint is that if you're a nature photographer, take photos of nature as it is. I know it's an unpopular idea these days, but I respect photographers that maintain an integrity about their photos being actual photos. It you want to make composites of scenes that were not originally found together, that's fine, but just don't call it a photograph.  I'm fine with composites that overcome the limits of  lens optics and field of views so long as they were taken at the same location of an actual existing scene. Don't think I'm being a luddite as far as camera and processing technology goes. Second worst to me  compared to sky replacements, are fake moons. Usually they are so poorly done with the moon the wrong size and the phase incorrect, that they stick out like a sore thumb. But even if done well, it's now a collage and not a photograph.

  4. Matthijs Bettman
    Matthijs Bettman says:

    Hi guys! Awesome video's! Can you post a link to that guide you're talking about? Btw, can you share the location you where at the end of the video? I like that view and I'll be there in September! 😀


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