Picture: Left Fork of North Creek at The Subway, Zion National Park, Utah
It’s been a bit of a crazy spring & early summer season for me, but there are a number of things which have been going on regarding my photography which deserve a brief mention. Sometimes being accused of being too humble, I hope you’ll allow me to catch you up on some of these items over the next few blog posts.
So up first: I’m delighted to announce that an image I took last fall during a hike to Zion National Park’s famed “Subway” is now being featured on the NIKON USA web site in their Learn and Explore section. It’s called “One Shot: Are We There Yet? A photo destination well worth the effort.”
I should mention that while I’m thrilled that Nikon found and decided to feature this image, the Subway is one of the most popular photographic hiking destinations in Zion. My real goal of this trip was to experience the hike itself, along the same line as hiking to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite. I had been skunked on a previous visit to Zion when I had done a hike of the Zion Narrows first. Chaffing from the neoprene suit while hiking shredded all the skin off the tendons along the back of my knee. Doing nine miles of fairly hard hiking was certainly not going to be in the cards when I could barely move without the sensation of scabs tearing on the back of my legs. So this most recent visit was all about payback, or cashing in unspent chips as it were. In fact, the hike to the Subway was the only activity I did in Zion last year before heading off to other parts of southwest Utah.
Coming back from the Subway with a nice photo was certainly a pleasant memento of the hike. But like visiting other photographic icon locations for a first time, I was ok with just “getting the shot,” even if it wasn’t going to be a terribly uniquely personal vision or piece of art. (…like visiting the Subway during the freezing cold of winter when no other sane person would be around.)
I did get another shot while I was there that I was also happy with, and will probably share that in another upcoming post.
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Gary Crabbe is an award-winning commercial and editorial outdoor travel photographer and author based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, California. He has seven published books on California to his credit, including “Photographing California; v1-North”, which won the prestigious 2013 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal award as Best Regional title. His client and publication credits include the National Geographic Society, the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, TIME, The North Face, Subaru, L.L. Bean, Victoria’s Secret, Sunset Magazine, The Nature Conservancy, and many more. Gary is also a photography instructor and consultant, offering both public and private photo workshops. He also works occasionally a professional freelance Photo Editor.
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