March 21, 2012

Pictograph (petroglyph) Canyon, Feb. 29 - March 2, 2012

Captured with a Canon 5D II and 17-40/4.0L in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of - 1/3 at ISO200, f/13, and 1/80 of a second. The camera was handheld.


Three students accompanied me to Pictograph (petroglyph) Canyon, a remote canyon located on BLM land that requires visitors to drive in on very poor roads. We planned to spend three days shooting timelapse footage in and around the canyon, unfortunately the weather did not cooperate with our plans. I had a special lens sent in to help us get the shots we envisioned, and I only used it to take one photograph. We lugged seven tripods, a six foot motorized timelapse dolly and roughly one hundred pounds of other camera and lighting gear in and out of the canyon multiple times each day, as we were dancing with the weather.

With the remote location of the canyon we were forced to camp on the rim of the canyon; winter camping is nothing new for me, but none of the students had ever been winter camping. (They were all Montana boys...I guess we found out that Chicago boys are more "hard core")

I have edited very little of the video and timelapse footage that I shot on the trip, but I am pleased with the still photographs that I captured and have online. We intended to shoot no stills, but when unforecasted clouds and snow filled most of the three days we switched over to stills, so we would not come home empty handed. The moral of the story is...when mother nature does not cooperate, just keep shooting, and start planning your next trip.

Speaking on planning our next trip...three of us will be heading back to the canyon this weekend, assuming the weather and roads allow.

Make the jump to go through the online gallery, I ask that you leave comments/criticism or at least give your favorites a thumbs up...Thanks!

If you have questions, ask. I published the camera information with each image and have added full keywords to share just about anything you would want to know about the images.

p.s. I'll be sure to share the video if/when it is finished.

p.p.s. The old BLM map I have calls the canyon "Pictograph Canyon" although it is filled with petroglyphs.

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