In any group of photographers there is always that one guy. The one guy who is not willing to stay with the rest, who must wander off and find “the perfect angle”. Unfortunately, this person always seems to want to get a new angle that is in front of everyone. This morning in Zion National Park at the Towers Of The Virgin was no exception. One gentleman wandered down to the tree line at the bottom of my photo and set up shop.
No amount of “Hey Buddy!” from the other photographers made a difference. This man was on a mission to find a “unique” view in a park that has been so heavily photographed that there likely isn’t an inch that hasn’t been captured. As much as I like to get unique angles and views, I am always aware of the photographers around me. Staying out of the shots of the people who were there first is my prime concern. Even if you were there first it is proper manners to join up with the larger group. If 20 people appear behind me and have formed a line, I join the line.
Perhaps this method has kept me from getting some unique shots but it has helped other people not have a lone photographer in their images. Remember, we are all in this together. I refuse to have my shot ruin the shots of 20 other people.
Anyway, this morning the photographer eventually knelt down and disappeared in the bush. The morning light shown upon the Towers from in between the clouds. We got about 3 minutes of amazing light and then clouds again. It was an awesome morning and I love this shot. To the right side of the Towers you can see the outline of the mountains on the other side of the Virgin River. We just barely got any light at all, just the brief shine between the top of the mountains and below the clouds. Sometimes that’s all you need. Three minutes in the right place with the right light is better than hours of mediocre light. Heavy clouds are good for only two things, waterfalls and sleeping. This morning I headed back to the hotel and went back to sleep.