Piracy Point, Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon Black and White Photography

#241 – Piracy Point, Bryce Canyon

The United States is fortunate to have so many beautiful places to photograph, and yet there are some which consistently lead the pack thanks to their unique beauty. Practically all of Southern Utah qualifies, with Glen and Bryce Canyons and Staircase National Monument practically piled on top of each other.

Friend and fellow photographer Tom Franks and I discovered this view on a recent trip into Bryce Canyon. Near Piracy Point, the stark rock formations created a nice contrast to the softer foothills below. We were especially lucky to have clouds; Southern Utah is typically blue-sky country. I used a red filter to make the blue sky go dark, which provided a better background and more contrast for the clouds. In the darkroom I was able to punch this up even more.

In a second exposure I used an orange filter in an attempt to bring out the rock formations. However, after getting home and examining the negatives, it appeared that the red filter handled both the sky and rock formations with ease. This image is the red filter version.

Exposure and Development Notes

450mm Nikkor-M lens mounted on a 5×7 Deardorff field camera.  f.Stop 45 1/3.  1/8 second.  Exposure for shadow areas was 14.3; highlights measured 16.5.  +2 development.

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