Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Yippee ki-yay, motherfuc*er!

Howdy, partner! Rustle up a chair and perk up your ears, for I got me a tale that needs a-tellin' and I reckon you're gonna like it.

I'm recently returned from my expedition to the southwestern US, and holy cow what an adventure it was! I moseyed through numerous slot canyons and deserts, ran over many a poor tumbleweed, drank some coffee that would wake the dead, slogged miles up a swift-movin' river, slept in sub-freezin' temps, and imbibed copious amounts of beer.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot: I shot me some photography, too.

Okay, okay, ya' got me: I'm bein' a tad disingenuous. Truth is, I came away with more "keeper" shots than possibly any other week of shootin' I've ever had. Yes indeedy, ya' might just say it was an incredibly productive outin'. And you'd be right.

Since I've so many images from this trip, I'mma gonna break with my tradition of postin' 'em all at once and and instead display 'em over several different upcomin' photoblog posts. That way, I'll be able to explain a bit more in-depth about each one and YOU'LL have more photoblog posts to look forward to than usual. Ya' lucky son-of-a-gun!

First up is an image I call "Hall Of Faces". It was created in a scarcely-known slot canyon in northern Arizona. Anyhow, what makes this here image special is the floor. There are a good many slot canyons in Arizona and Utah, but the vast majority of 'em are very well known and thus overrun with tourists and photographers and other sorts of unsavory characters. To find one with an undisturbed floor, especially one with ripples in the sand like this one, is quite rare. That's why most shots of slot canyons ya' see don't show the dag-nabbin' floor. But, without the floor, it's damn near impossible to show a sense of place and scale like I was able to do here. My reasoning for the image's title should be readily apparent. Can ya' see the faces? (If not, suck down a couple barley-pops and then take another gander.)

Hall Of Faces (Large version HERE.)
Next is an image entitled "Distorted Hallway". Like the previous image, it's from that same secret slot canyon and it has the sand and mud ripples in the floor. It is quite a surreal and nearly confusing spot, hence the title.
Distorted Hallway (Large version HERE.)

Before I go, I'd like to holler a big "THANK YOU KINDLY" to my good pal and master photographer Marc Adamus. Once again, he made the trip all it could be. Without him, I'd a-never found many of the places we explored. Lastly, I'd also like to give a nod to Marc's friend Colin, a fellow photographer and nice fella who accompanied us on our ramblin's.

Well, that about does it. Until next time, stay safe and keep your cards to your chest. ^_^

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