As you all know, weather forecasters are never wrong and you should always plan your days photography around what they say the weather will be like. Yeah right!!! I do have to say they were pretty much right for most of this rainy/snowy day in Zion, it did exactly what they said, until about an hour before sunset. We ended up getting one last squall which put a soft coating of snow on almost everything, then the clouds started to break and everything changed!
This 1st image is of the Court of the Patriarchs just after the snow stopped and clouds started to break. The light is really nice and soft but not too colorful yet but I decided to take some images anyway. I new right away this was not going to be an image I wanted in color, I looked at it as a B & W image right away.
Here is the same image in B & W. The little bit of snow that fell helped create a really nice contrast with the blackness of the tree trunks and mountain peaks. I used Silver Efx Pro and Photoshop to create this image, and it (as were all the images in the blog) was shot with the Tamron 28-300mm VC lens.
With the Tamron 28-300mm VC still in hand and the light getting more and more colorful, I stopped at “the Junction”. This is probably the most popular spot at sunset. It overlooks the Virgin River which leads you to The Watchman mountain in the distance. By the time I reached this point many photographers had already started gathering for what was shaping up for a great sunset. I decided to shoot the opposite direction (and the other side of the road) because there were really soft pastel colors in the sky and there was no one looking that direction. TIP: Always look behind you, there may be something better!
Finally, this image was taken after leaving the crowds behind at “the Junction” and heading back to Springdale for dinner at my favorite place, The Bit and Spur. As the light died on The Watchman the clouds started to explode with color! I pulled off to the side and shot this image. As I said before, all images were shot with Tamron’s 28-300mm VC lens. The reason for this, it was the only one I had with me. Since it was such a horrible day as far as weather goes I debated what camera equipment to bring with me if anything. Lucky for me I took my own advice and took something, all be it only 1 lens, at least it was one that I could shoot pretty much anything with! Moral to this story, always bring your camera and a good all around lens where ever you go.