Moab, Utah, May 2004

In late May, 2004 I traveled to Moab with 7 other photographers to do landscape and travel photography. The weather in southern Utah at this time of the year was near-perfect, although late-fall and winter also can be opportune times to photograph the region.

Sunrise at Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Kodak DCS ProSLR/n, 24mm f/2.0 Nikkor Ai-S

Moab attracts thousands of enthusiasts each year who come to enjoy world-class mountain biking, hiking, climbing, touring and river rafting adventures in the Four Corners area of Utah.  It is also home to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, which contain some of North America's most breathtaking natural scenery, including the many famous sandstone arches that seem to defy time and gravity. These are famous subjects for hundreds of nature photographers (most of whom seemed to be at Mesa Arch on the morning we visited!). 

The town of Moab was christened by Mormon settlers in the 1800's. The name Moab stems from a Biblical name for a land just short of the "Promised Land." It is indeed a small green oasis in what seems a vast (but far from trackless) desert.

On this trip I was evaluating the new Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n 14 megapixel camera—more more about that in a future article perhaps. Here are just a few of the many photographs I made on this trip. I hope you enjoy them.

 

Morning light over Canyonlands National Park, Utah.  Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n, 180mm f/2.8 ED Nikkor Ai-S

 

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah. This was literally a "grab shot." Within minutes of our hike tothis location, the sun disappeared behind clouds and we missed the best light. Kodak DCS ProSLR/n, 35mm f/1.4 Nikkor Ai-S.

 

A beautiful slice of Americana outside of Moab, Utah. Kodak DCS ProSLR/n,
105mm f/2.5 Nikkor Ai-S

 

Abandoned fire hose shanty, old train station outside of Moab, Utah.
Kodak DCS ProSLR/n, 105mm f/2.5 Nikkor Ai-S

 

My friend Kevin Gilbert of Blue Pixel hams it up during one afternoon shoot. Kodak DCS ProSLR/n, 35mm f/1.4 Nikkor Ai-S.

 

Rock paintings, southern Utah. Kodak DCS ProSLR/n, 24mm f/2.0 Nikkor Ai-S.

 

"Tobacco Road," rail line in southern Utah. Kodak DCS ProSLR/n, 180mm f/2.8
ED Nikkor Ai-S.

 

Checking histograms at Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Kodak DCS ProSLR/n, 180mm f/2.8 ED Nikkor Ai-S.