The Men Who Stare at Goats Part 2

Go to Zion!

I didn’t go to Zion National Park until way too late in my life. It’s just amazing, and I really need to get back to Utah! I think Utah may be one of the most underrated states in the US, at least as far as photography goes. It’s pretty highly rated as far as Mormonism goes. It’s gotta be in the top 10 there.

Daily Photo – The Men Who Stare at Goats Part 2

It's actually about the Goats that Stare at Men. This is exactly where I was when I fell asleep. It was one of those loooooong days where I was just exhausted in the mid-afternoon. I was sitting down, taking a photo, and a wave of fatigue came over me. Since I was sitting down, I thought, hey it's not too far from here to lay down. So I did… zonked out and woke up with a goat over my face.

The Men Who Stare at Goats Part 2

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-19 02:29:54
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Falling into the Slot Canyons

Instagram Stories

If you all follow me on Instagram, you might notice I’m adding more and more Instagram Stories. These are just completely RANDOM things from my day. I promise they won’t be educational or add anything significant to your life. So I recommend you don’t waste time watching them.

Daily Photo – Falling into the Slot Canyons

This is the second photo I've ever shared from the Slot Canyons. I went there, oh, maybe three years ago? I took a ton of photos, of course. I've played with them a bit over the years, but never really found anything I really love. I worked on this one for a few hours until I was happy with it. In some ways, you just can't take a bad photo there. But I was trying to do so something a bit different, I suppose. I don't know what that means, but maybe I have something interesting here.

Falling into the Slot Canyons

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-22 18:19:22
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture14
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Beautiful Morning in Monument Valley

My 35mm Lens

I must say that the Leica Lens I use the most for people/family shots is my 35mm f/1.4. I bought it a few years ago… and it’s great for most any situation! My people shots DO look better with the 90mm f/2 I think, but the 35mm is more general purpose. You can see more in my Leica Lens Buying Guide. If you want to see some samples with the 90mm f/2, check out my Papua New Guinea Photos.

Daily Photo – A Beautiful Morning in Monument Valley

Once again, it was a perfect day in Utah. I don't think I had bad weather more than 5% of the time… I don't know if that is normal or not for Utah? Who knows… Anyway, I was thankful for all these magical mornings that felt like the cover of a Larry McMurtry novel!

A Beautiful Morning in Monument Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-22 12:47:16
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Sun Dog in Utah

Burst Mode on my Android

I’m currently using the Nexus 6P Android phone and I noticed it has a really cool photo mode if you hold down the photo button. I tried it with my kids the other day, and it automatically took like 10 photos then picked the best one AND automatically made a cool collage. It was like a hidden feature I didn’t know about!

Daily Photo – Sun Dog in Utah

I think this thing is called a Sun Dog? I'm not totally sure… but it was a really cool phenomenon that I had not seen before. I suppose it happens when there is a little bubble of wet, humid air floating around… it definitely was not raining and this whole part of the desert in Utah was as dry as a bone.

Sun Dog in Utah

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-20 13:28:58
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length147.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Rainbow over Bryce Canyon

Back to Utah

Okay after three days of this, I’ve decided I gotta get back to Utah! :

Daily Photo – Rainbow over Bryce Canyon

And then after the storm I was treated with this. How lucky! Whenever I see a rainbow I still get excited like a little girl. I know they just don’t last too long so I snap away while the magic is happening!

Rainbow over Bryce Canyon

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-20 02:00:25
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Storm’s a-comin

Day 2!

And for Day 3 of Utah, you’ll see what happened after I took this photo! Or, at least, what the storm caused..

Daily Photo – The Storm’s a-comin'

These seem to slam into the US during hot summers with quite a bit of authority! It was both exciting and a little worrying. I was wondering if I had time to get back to the car before everything completely unraveled. I did…but just barely.

The Storm’s a-comin'

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-20 00:23:36
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Utah in Mixed Light

Three Days of Utah?

Is it okay if I post three photos in a row of Utah? It’s been a while since I’ve done any Utah photos, so let’s have a little party here!

Daily Photo – Utah in Mixed Light

I found the quality of light in Utah to be absolutely amazing. It’s usually my favorite time to shoot around the mornings or evenings, and the light gets even better there then. I think it’s because this is one of the few places where there are red rocks, and then when a warm light hits them, they absolutely go on fire.

Utah in Mixed Light

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-20 13:35:41
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length190.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Flaming Anasazi Ruins

Getting Super-Lost

What is the most lost you’ve ever gotten? I get lost a lot, and it usually doesn’t bother me. The one below did a little bit because I did have a much-desired destination at a certain time of the day for the light! It caused me a bit of stress, which I usually don’t have… was not a big fan!

Daily Photo – The Flaming Anasazi Ruins

Good lord this place was hard to find! I had quite unremarkable directions. First, it was almost impossible to figure out where to turn off the main highway. There were many dirt road options, and none of them seemed right. And then, at one point, I had to figure out how far down that dirt road to go! I went way to far at once and got myself into a serious car-trouble-situation. I somehow got myself out of that then doubled-back to find a probable spot. The next step was walking about a mile down a canyon where I had no idea where I was going! There were no trails, no signs, no nothing. I got to the point where I was thinking, man, I'm not even close. And then, there it was.

The Flaming Anasazi Ruins

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-21 23:25:13
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Through the soft roads of Zion

The Team’s in Town!

I’m excited to have at least some of the Stuck in Customs team visiting Queenstown this week! I wish we could get everyone out here. We’re preparing for the workshop this week, which will be absolutely amazing. The weather should be incredible, and we continually get a great group of people that come to these things.

Daily Photo – Through the Soft Roads of Zion

I love the roads in Zion! I know this is a strange thing to say about them, but whenever I see this exact color and texture of roads, they feel so soft and rubbery. Even the way they grip the car feels different. And, naturally, they look so good hyper-colored in the photos!

Through the Soft Roads of Zion

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-19 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Goats Who Stare at Men

Has anyone seen “Her”?

What did you think about it?

Daily Photo – The Goats Who Stare at Men

I came to this wonderful, alien hillside one evening to take sunset photos. The lines and the clouds and everything lined up, and I thought it would be a perfect evening.

So after I took the photos, I laid back on this slope to take a little nap and wait for the stars. I took off my glasses and kind of set them behind me. I closed my eyes for a bit, and when I opened them up, there was a GOAT STARING DOWN AT ME. I just about levitated off the ground a few inches in shock while the goat clicked away. I flailed around and my glasses went skidding down the hill, glass side down. It was darker than that goat's eye sockets and I couldn't find them for five minutes. I finally found them, and there are still, to this day, a thousand tiny little scratches on them. It drives me nuts… anyway, I got my camera and got the heck out of there.

The Goats Who Stare at Men

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-19 00:00:00
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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