Stranger in a strange land

By |2014-02-17T20:10:11+00:00Feb 17th, 2014|
Usually, after returning from a photo trip, I tend to limit the extent of my involvement with these new files to importing them into my master Lightroom catalog and backing them up on-site and off-site. I find that it helps with my own creative process to take a step away from these freshly minted photos and let everything just settle. This holds mostly true even with the trip that I just returned from… I just couldn’t resist finding one photo to edit and share. :)

Earlier this morning, I landed back home after spending about five days roaming the Arizona and Utah desert regions. In that time, Chris Lazzery, Moe Chen and I visited two states (Arizona and Utah), two National Parks (Zion and Grand Canyon),  two National Monuments (the Vermillion Cliffs and the Grand Staircase-Escalante) a State Park (the Lost Dutchman) and drove well over 1,000 miles. It was, for lack of more effective words, one of the most prolific trips that I’ve ever taken as far as my photography goes.

I have no doubt that in the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more photos taken at White Pocket, part of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. Both my comrades and I agree – we could spend weeks exploring this area alone and it easily was the most impressive place we had photographed on the trip (although the Grand Canyon is a very close second). We also witnessed the most marvelous sunset of our lives here. I wanted to start with this photo, illustrating an early phase of this sunset. I’ll spend more time sharing my experiences at this location soon, but for now, I wanted to share this magical place and this magical moment.

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  1. Barbara Senter February 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Wow, the alien face in the rocks, kinda scary

  2. Pamela Reynoso February 17, 2014 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Fantastic composition.

  3. Patti Colston February 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    fantastically beautiful! I am envious, but grateful we get to some of the beauty you witnessed first hand ;),

  4. kathy easton February 17, 2014 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Max,,gical place and monent, it is.

  5. Bruce Goren February 17, 2014 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Wow, such unusual geology, those patterned outcroppings look like mummified dinosaurs.

  6. Jason Mrachina February 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    I agree about the "settling" – sometimes I find myself re-editing images even a year later and enjoying the experience more than I did the first time.  Your stuff is great, so keep doing what you're doing since it works!

  7. Joe Sears February 17, 2014 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Awesome photo…as always. Copying +Doug Phelps and +Jamie Phelps who've spent time in Zion National Park.

  8. doina pester February 18, 2014 at 12:27 am - Reply


  9. Dau Epamynondas February 18, 2014 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Lovely nd gentle

  10. Arne Lepla February 18, 2014 at 1:23 am - Reply


  11. Kabir Bello February 18, 2014 at 2:50 am - Reply

    so nice

  12. Debashis Talukdar February 18, 2014 at 2:51 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash  You've been listening to Billy Joel! :P

  13. kathy easton February 18, 2014 at 3:30 am - Reply

    sorry meant, it is a magical place and certainly a magical moment. The sunset itself is beyond description, other than to say something that amazing, that beautiful could only have been created by GOD.

  14. Steve Appleby February 18, 2014 at 4:16 am - Reply

    I've never thought about it like that, but whenever I decide to look over old photos I often find different ways to edit them; I never thought to do that as a conscious decision!
    Can see your point though, as when I'm back from a trip out, often the last thing I want to do is edit, and normally I'm still in "take photo" mode, not "edit photo".

  15. Tina G February 18, 2014 at 6:15 am - Reply


  16. Pavan Bavan February 18, 2014 at 7:34 am - Reply


  17. Anne Rusk February 18, 2014 at 7:48 am - Reply

    It is an amazing area and I am glad it is a little more difficult to get to!  I hope the road will never be paved :-)  Looks like an amazing sunset for sure!  Can't wait to see more!

  18. Larry Nienkark February 18, 2014 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Beautiful flow, it all comes together just right!

  19. Christina Hernandez February 18, 2014 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Beautiful sky!

  20. Jan Szymański February 18, 2014 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Super zdjęcie

  21. Robin Griggs Wood February 18, 2014 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Fabulous composition, Brian!

  22. Sunny Wu February 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shot!!! 

  23. Francois Fourie March 6, 2014 at 3:45 am - Reply

    Sounds like a great trip. Nice photo too

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