River Deep

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/10, 1/80 sec, ISO200)

Mountain high. The Black Canyon NP in Colorado. An impressive park with amazing views but those views are tricky to capture.

There are places where you just have to be there and push the knob and the amazing scenery will do the rest. Not so much here. The Canyon is extremely deep and narrow. No problem if you just look at it. Your eyes can easily adjust to the bright and dark parts, they can focus on the river or on the almost vertical walls of rock. For the camera it is different. There is a huge scenery that you need to capture on a tiny sensor. And no, full frame is not going to make any difference at all.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (55mm, f/9, 1/170 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/9, 1/90 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (29.2mm, f/10, 1/140 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/10, 1/80 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/4, 1/3500 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (55mm, f/9, 1/350 sec, ISO200)

On one viewpoint you can see huge dunes. This is the material that has been washed out of the Canyon. You pass those on the way to the Canyon and they are massive. It’s impressive to see what water and time can do.

There are some easy hikes that partly lead around the edge of the Canyon. We didn’t see many visitors but that was because we started early. We where already on our way out before lunch time when the parking lots beside the road started to fill up.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (30.2mm, f/10, 1/120 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/10, 1/170 sec, ISO200)

What always surprises me is how accessible the those edges are. If liquid gets spilled in a restaurant various warning signs are erected within seconds but here you are free to fall into your dead. Just take a look at the image above. It includes my left foot. One more step and I would be gone.

Those edges have a kind of magnetic power to them. At least to me. They scare me and at the same time they attract me and somehow pull me down. Maybe I don’t trust myself.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (13.8mm, f/9, 1/160 sec, ISO200)