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After loosing our tent to a windy day, we returned to the Valley of the Gods to explore and capture this particular photograph.
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Valley of the God is located just north of Mexican Hat, Utah. You can read more about the area in my blog post titled "Turning Lemons into Lemonade: A Visit to the Valley of the Gods."

After a rough start (we lost our tent to a wind storm that arrived at the Valley of the Gods the same time we did!) we returned to the Valley of the Gods to hike and explore.

I had been there before, a number of years ago, but didn't have the time to really explore. So we explored. And we hiked. And yes, it was really hot, but we had water and snacks in our packs so we were prepared. After some hiking, we were driving over towards Rooster Butte and my wife spotted something to the side that looked like ruins.

So I pulled over and parked the car, and we began to hike the short distance to the top of the hill before us. And sure enough, there was something there, a cluster of rocks piled on top of one another like a walled in room. I couldn't tell if it was from settlers passing through the area, or if it went further back in time to the original settlers of the area, the native people who called this place home.

I decided to take this shot, of part of the ruins in the foreground with Rooster Butte and Sitting Hen in the distance with the deep blue sky above. I love the bluish green of the scrub brush, the red soil and rocks, and the blue sky with white clouds. It all works for me and illustrates for me the ruggedness of this land.

Photographers Notes:

I wanted the ruins to be in the foreground, and I used the expansiveness of the distance between the ruins and buttes as the middle ground. I really like the line of blue green brush that provides some visual interest with the middle ground, as well as the greenery of the trees at the base of Rooster Butte.

I took this photograph with a Sony A7RIII with a metabones adapter using my Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS lens with my focal length set at 97mm.  My exposure was set at f/16 shooting at 1/100 second at ISO 400. I shot this at ISO 400 not because of the conditions, but because I was seeing how clean ISO 400 is.  I am amazed at how clean my shots are at ISO 400. I typically will only shoot photographs at ISO 100, a believer from my film days that the lower the ISO/ASA the better and cleaner the shots. So I was experimenting to see how well the Sony does. I have to say that I am impressed. Canons are not quite as clean and free of noise as the Sony's.

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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 can't decide on my next camera) and a bunch of Canon glass and I am primarily a landscape and travel 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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