Thought I'd add an alternative view of the Watchman not taken from the Canyon Junction Bridge alongside 2 or 3 dozen other photographers. This photo was made on the day after the photo I made from the bridge. And there wasn't one other photographer anywhere in sight when I made it.
While the sky is not as dramatic, I like this image much more, as it seems to bring out the Watchman more strongly than does the photo from the previous day. I also like the fact that the Virgin River is moving obliquely across the frame, rather than appearing to flow right out from under my feet and more or less straight into the photo. The shadowed, while still well detailed foreground allows your eye to be pulled to the brightly lit faces of the Navajo Sandstone cliffs of the Watchman and the surrounding canyon walls.
Nothing all that unusual about this shot, just an attempt to show that somewhat original compositions can still be had, even in Zion National Park, if one is willing to search for new an interesting vantage points of any major landmark.
This photo was taken with a Canon EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens zoomed to 35 mm on a Canon EOS 5D Mk. III. The exposure was set to 1/15 sec at f/11 and ISO 400.
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