Slice of Eden
Slice of Eden
Believe it or not, this image is from the Zion Narrows. While most of the images from the narrows focus on the water flowing through this canyon or the red rock walls found in many places of the canyon, I tried to find some more unique compositions on my 2016 fall hike through the canyon. Looking high up on a ledge, I found this scene. It was on the opposite bank of the river and located about 50 feet above my head. I only had a wide-angle lens on me and would have to look up at a sharp angle to get this image into view. So I decided to give it a shot anyway and set up my view camera with a combination of strange and extreme movements, such that the camera looked very contorted. The bed of the camera was on a slope like this: / I used a lot of rear base tilt and front axis tilt to align the lens and film plane in order to make them parallel to one another. As I finished setting up the camera, a photographer walked by and stopped to tell me that the way I had the shot set up could not possibly work, because it would be distorted and have heavy vignetting. I decided to trust my ground glass and my gut and made the exposure anyway. After I got the film back from the lab, I was pleased to find the entire image sharp and without distortion or any vignetting - it had turned out perfectly, with perfect perspective, despite looking up at such a steep angle. Had I not used these extreme movements, these trees would have appeared in a triangle shape like this: /\ , as most things do when you look up at them from a low vantage point.
Fuji Velvia film tends to render stone in the shadows as a bluish tone, and I like that effect here, as I feel it contrasts and complements the yellow maples in the midground nicely. I like the way the yellow maples pair with the green spruce trees also.
Intrepid 4x5" Field Camera
Schneider-Kreuznach 90mm ƒ/8 Super-Angulon lens
Fujifilm Velvia 100
8 seconds at ƒ/45, CPL