My car is my temple. It’s the most important thing I think for photography in general as well as for my mental health. It’s independence, access to locations, and comfort. My car knows me when I’m screaming, crying, or when I just need to sit in silence for hours and drive. It’s how I get away from everything, clear my head, and find an amount of peace.
This photo was taken just this past Monday. It was a miserable day in terms of weather. Cloudy, but mid and low altitude cloud type cloudy, not great for sunsets. My mind wasn’t doing so hot, so I had to escape. Deserts seem to help calm my mind more than mountains, I’m not sure why.
I drove about three hours to Lee’s Ferry in Glen Canyon Recreational Area, a place I had never been to. The drive through the area is short, but full of sandstone boulders and towers that would make ideal subjects for astrophotography compositions. I drove down the river road until I hit a small beach on the Colorado River. There was no one there. Just the roaring Colorado, some ducks, and the canyon walls catching some dusk light as the clouds parted.
The composition I wanted was to fill the frame with the elements of the location that made it beautiful to me. I decided I wanted to calm the image down by popping on a neutral density filter to smooth out the rapids. Neutral density filters act like sunglasses for the lens, blocking out light so long exposures are possible in bright daylight. I also opted for a polarizer as well to take the glare off the water and bring out a bit more color. It was less about getting a photo and more about taking the moment to appreciate a new place.
I stayed there until dark sitting on one of these rocks watching the ducks live their lives on the rapids. I took the drive home through the dark desert into the snowy mountain passes. A little over 400 miles later and I felt okay, nights are better than days for me. It was a much needed drive, and much needed self-care.
_ @canonusa 6D Mark II
_ @canonusa 16-35mm f2.8 II
_ @leefilters Little Stopper
_ @leefilters Landscape Polarizer
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