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What another darn bridge view from Zion? Yes! There is something a little different about this take though? Every participant in all of my recent Zion workshops has wanted the Bridge Shot and they come from far to get it. There's so much o
ther stuff to photograph in Zion but they want that iconic shot so they get what they want! Looks like the color in Zion is predicted to be a little earlier then last year. No matter what there will be a mob of photographers on that bridge with pitch forks staking their claim on the bridge.

I've got a funny story from the past on that bridge.. . .

Earlier that day I was scouting for my Zion workshop further up the main canyon so I got here at the last minute and the huge mob was already 5 layers deep and in rows of 40 to 60 people across the famous bridge where everyone shoots the Watchman over the Virgin River.

I tried and tried to squeeze in to catch a view and maybe clone out a few ear lobes on the edges of my composition but it wasn't going to happen. The mob wouldn't let me in and I kept trying so they became angry and hurled me up and over the edge of the bridge towards the river bottom. After the impact from the fall I realized I was temporarilly paralyzed from the pain and couldn't try for another bridge shot so I just sadly shot from where I landed, knowing I wish I had the same old bridge composition. A minute later I was hit in the head with my cable release, I must of dropped it and at least someone was nice enough to give it back. It's better to be immobile for a minute then have the crowd of zombies eat my fresh brains!

All though this story didn't really happen, the message is use your legs people. You shouldn't take them for granted while they're there working for you. You don't need to do exactly what everyone else is doing. It isn't necessary to go for broke but a small almost effortless deviation can change things dramatically.

Picture that goes with the story - http://on.fb.me/RfCgDS

Brand:Canon
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Nov 2011 - 5:21 PM
Focal Length:67mm
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:4sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Tower and the River
Username:SteveSieren SteveSieren
Uploaded:27 Sep 2012 - 5:07 PM
Tags:Autumn, Fall color, Fine art, Landscape / travel, National park, Virgin river, Watchman, Zion
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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
27 Sep 2012 - 5:22 PM

Fabulous image, beautiful colours and light

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canonfan
canonfan e2 Member 4canonfan vcard United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 - 5:47 PM

Superb image and wonderful light
Jim

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jken
jken  81672 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 10:32 AM

Superb, love the scale of it.

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edrhodes
edrhodes  9521 forum posts United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2013 - 9:52 PM

It's criminal this never made a RC!

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edrhodes
edrhodes  9521 forum posts United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2013 - 7:22 PM

Nice to see it get recognised.

Ed.

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