In the Spotlight: Shafer Road

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In Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky section, there is a narrow section which the road crosses.  It really is only wide enough to support the main road into this section, with steep cliffs on each side as you drive across this ‘natural bridge’ from one mesa to the next.  

I was crossing this section near sunset, and to my left side, I could see down to the Shafer Road below.  The Shafer Road is a 4WD road that leads from the top of the mesa and drops down into the canyons below.  In this photograph, you can see the road as it cuts across part of the canyon below (road comes from the bottom left and moves up towards the center of the photograph). It also helped that the sun was setting and was lighting the cliffs on the other side of the canyon.  All in all, it was a beautiful  and peaceful scene.

The infamous Shafer Road in Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah.  It was taken with my Canon 5D Mark II using the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 at 70mm, f/16, 1/4 sec and 100 ISO.

This print is available for purchase starting at only $18 dollars!

I hope you enjoy this photograph as much as I enjoyed taking it!

Peace,

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David Cote

Back in 1982, my Air Force roommate was in desperate need of some cash, and he had a camera. And I was in the market for a camera as I had TDY (Temporary Duty) orders for Cyprus and was looking for a good camera to take with me. So over some beers and some negotiations with my roommate (and a few hundred dollars later), I found that I had become the owner of a brand spanking new Canon AE-1 camera with an assortment of lens, including a Canon 50mm, a 35mm lens, as well as a telephoto lens. Fast forward to today, and I am now an owner of a Canon 5D Mark II (looking to upgrade, but waiting to see if Sony comes out with a 'A9' before I upgrade) and a bunch of Canon glass and I am primarily a landscape photographer. Yea, that means that I get up before the sun rises and am out after the sun sets. Makes for interesting times! Thank you for joining me on this photographic journey and hope to hear from you!

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