I am a sucker for slot canyons. They are probably my single most favorite thing to photograph. So when I started discovering the numerous unnamed slots in Zion National Park, I was like a kid in a candy shop. This particular slot is one that I explored and found flooded by a recent rainstorm, leaving beautiful mud ripple patterns and crystalline water reflections where only a few days prior would only have been dry sand. Because the mud was very sticky and deep, like quicksand, it was impassable, which prevented anyone from disturbing the canyon with their footprints and left it perfectly pristine. I made two exposures of the scene, one on Kodak Ektar 100 color negative film, and the other on Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 black and white film. Unfortunately, the color image was destroyed, but the black and white came out perfectly and is the image you see here. This image is filled with rich detail and texture, and rich tonality, and working on the scan was one of those moments where I said to myself, "This is why we shoot large format film!"
1 minute exposure @ ƒ/45, 2:39pm
Intrepid 4x5" Field Camera
Schneider-Kreuznach 90mm ƒ/8 Super-Angulon lens