November 3, 2007

The Narrows Gorge Zion National Park #1

Photo taken in The Narrows Gorge Zion National Park UtahI took this picture when I hiked The Narrows Gorge in Zion National Park. This was an awesome experience and the scenery was of course incredibly beautiful. The Narrows is known as a "slot gorge" because of it narrow width. This shot was taken at a point where the gorge is actually quite wide. At parts we had to hike through water that was up to our necks even though it was late summer. You have to be concerned about thunderstorms as they can cause the water level to rise fast. Keeping the camera out of the water was my main concern. The place where we rented out hiking gear had these cool hip bags for your camera that kept it dry.

If you ever do this or a similar hike, make sure you rent or buy the special boots that have grip on the slippery rock, and make sure you use a polel to help keep yourself upright, but expect to end up in the drink at least once nonetheless. Our entire party all fell into the water by the end of it. Take it as part of the experience, and the water's warm anyhow, at that time of the year at least.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/13
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 200

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