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So, my good friend and colleague Marc and I traveled to the great American southwest the last week of January 2016, for the purpose of doing a week long photo trip there. There were several reasons for doing this in January; fewer people, more acceptable temperatures and the chance to get photos of snow in the desert, a unique and less-common photo subject.
I took the effort to pack and carry the best pro-level DSLR camera kit and lenses in the field. I Phones and selfie sticks are all well and good in their way, but I personally can't get pix like this with a cellphone. If you can, cheers to you! In any event, I believe our effort and time take is reflected in a superior image product for those who want my images for cards, screen savers, prints or framed work. See my contact page on this website to contact me directly if you have a special request for an image purchase (such as a print on metal or acrylic) or go to my Smugmug page to buy.
As it was, we were able to do a night tour of a the slot canyons of Arizona, where it was just myself, Marc and the guide. Normally, the slot canyons are rife with hundreds of people shoving and walking into your shot. Being alone in Antelope Canyon that night, to shoot the stars through the canyon ceilings, was to me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We toured Zion National Park, photographing sites of majesty and beauty. We did a four-canyon tour in one day of the slot canyons owned by a tour company there, as well as fitting in a quick visit to shoot the sunset over the Horse Shoe Bend in Arizona. We toured the amazing Vermilion Cliffs of South Coyote Buttes (part Arizona, part Utah), which provided a cast of color and shape the likes of which we had never seen, props to guide Mike of Grand Circle Tours. And we ran into two other people. We missed on the lottery to visit the famous "Wave" in North Coyote Buttes, but perhaps next time. And South Coyote Buttes has natural beauty the likes of which I have never seen. We then toured Buckskin Gulch, the trail head for "The Wave", and an amazing slot canyon and confluence of trails that were jaw dropping. Heading back west to Nevada (and the Las Vegas airport, our way back home), we spend a day in Nevada's incomparable Valley of Fire; just when we thought we couldn't be amazed, the Valley of Fire did just that. I hope you enjoy the photos.
Chris Kiez, a hardcore photographer since the 80's, learned to take a picture before the age of selfies and cell phone photography, training on mechanical cameras and film. After years of taking photos of all manner of subjects and people, he did over a 10 year stint as a crime scene photographer on two continents. Now, he does portrait and landscape photos, and is currently distressing the world with his relentlessly, excruciatingly boring blogging. To buy what you see on this site, click here!