Sunday, February 21, 2010

Zion National Park

We spent the weekend with my daughter and son-in-law. We went hiking in the rain at Zion National Park. I took almost 200 pictures over the weekend, I am still learning to use all of the features of my camera but I feel like my skills are improving.

It was raining when we first started out, the rain made the rocks shiny and brought out all the different colors.

The downside of the rain was the muddy trail.

The upside of the rain was the waterfalls, they were amazing!

I tried using a bit of creativity with this picture, I focused on the rocks and water and set the focus, then took the picture as my daughter was crossing. I like the way it feels, the motion of jumping across the water.

This was my attempt at small depth of field with a point and shoot. It is a bit tricky to set up, this is the best I think my camera can do. Anyone have a deal on a used SLR?

I haven't edited any of these pictures because the color and lighting was so interesting that day. I really like this one, it reminds me of an oil painting.

Another small depth of field, I do like the way this one turned out. I think the lighting and coloring of the background make a difference with the settings.

We had fun pulling the branches of the trees and letting them go then watching the water droplets all come off at once. I will edit this one a bit to get the water to show up better. Overall I learned a great deal, mostly about the limits of my camera, and that you can get great pictures when the light is muted, and that I could spend all day taking pictures. My husband started calling, "hey Foto Mat, are you coming?"


  1. Any time out in the bush like that is a treat, if you have your camera it can be a treat to us all. Thanks, I didn't miss the mud.

  2. I am so glad I didn't miss your trip...all of these are so beautiful...looks like a really fun day! I especially love the 3rd up from the bottom, what beauty! I was also really intrigued by your daughter jumping on the rocks...great action and creativity!