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
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