The Fantastic Four Corners, Part I

站在犹他州沙漠上方的高处,引人注目的六人峰是电话卡

站在犹他州沙漠上方的高处,引人注目的六人峰是电话卡
of the Needles section in Canyonlands National Park.

Story & photos by Jerry Ginsberg

The Land

In only one place in all of America do four states come together. The perfect right-angled corners of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet at one spot in the desert of the great Southwest. That spot has become quite a tourist attraction. Here you’ll find a platform from which to take snapshots of fellow tourists straddling the many state lines, the local Navajo offer souvenirs, crafts and lots of artery clogging fry bread and Navajo tacos.

对于像我们这样的自然摄影师来说,地图上的这个小斑点值得注意,因为它是地球上一些最令人惊叹的景观的中心。围绕这个小地点的周围不少于13个国家公园,总计近300万英亩以及许多州和部落公园。

Often overlooked Fairyland Point in snow and fog at the north end of Bryce Canyon National Park.

Often overlooked Fairyland Point in snow and fog at the north end of Bryce Canyon National Park.

The Route

A circular itinerary through the Four Corners region has long been called the Grand Circle. It’s one big loop. Since such a trip can be very extensive, you might want to break it up into bite sized chunks of more than one photo trip.

We can design a logical itinerary in any of several ways. For example, by state, by proximity or simply by highlights, while including some places and skipping others.

仅出于本列的目的,让我们考虑按州对整个区域进行分割。根据您能够花多少时间投入这样的主要摄影旅行,可以很容易地组合两个或多个州的部分。

Your route can work equally well traveling either clockwise or counter-clockwise. Since I seem to have almost always done it in a clockwise direction, I’ll describe it that way.

One of the most stunning hoodoos anywhere, the ochre colored pinnacle dubbed Thor’s Hammer rises high above Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

One of the most stunning hoodoos anywhere, the ochre colored pinnacle dubbed Thor’s Hammer rises high above Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Utah

Setting out from the prime gateway airport of Las Vegas, head north up I-15 towardZion National Park在犹他州的西南角。

It’s an easy matter to loop across Utah from west to east through Zion and tinyBryce Canyon国家公园蔓延Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monumentlong and narrowCapitol Reef National Park(NANPA – June, 2016) and on toMoab,,,,gateway to both stunning Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Right next to the must-see Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park is Dead Horse Point State Park, definitely worth both a sunrise and evening.

在摩押以南,您会发现天然桥梁国家纪念碑(值得至少两个早晨)和霍文韦普国家纪念碑。从天然桥梁,这是庞大的驱动器Monument Valley Tribal Parkwith its many fantastic red rock formations.

困境

If there is a problem with planning a photo trip such as this, it is one closely related to pesky syndromes such as eating potato chips or pulling weeds in the garden; it’s so hard to stop! There’s always another one – and it’s so close by.

Just past Hovenweep is historic梅萨佛得角国家公园in southwestern Colorado, just a bit past popular Zion is isolated Toroweep Point and the spectacular North Rim of the大峡谷and on and on throughout all four states.

Probably the most under-rated of all the ancient structures in Mesa Verde National Park, Balcony House looks best in the first light of early morning.

Probably the most under-rated of all the ancient structures in Mesa Verde National Park, Balcony House looks best in the first light of early morning.

Colorado

一个完全不同的选择是从丹佛开始,并通过科罗拉多州制作巡回赛,这个地方的外观与连续的犹他州截然不同,但拥有同样光荣的自然美景的土地。科罗拉多州拥有四个国家公园,仅比犹他州少一个,还有许多其他华丽的拍照场所。

这四个公园在百年纪念状态的较大矩形形状内以虚拟矩形排列。

通常,最好的秋季颜色可以在9月下旬的落基山脉的前范围内找到,几年来一直延伸到10月初。泰柳赖德和里奇韦周围的区域简单地装满了震动的阿斯彭树林和令人惊叹的山脉,它们结合在一起,可为各种激动人心的构图提供。

One of the real gems of Rocky Mountain National Park, Bear Lake glistens just after sunrise.

One of the real gems of Rocky Mountain National Park, Bear Lake glistens just after sunrise.

落基山国家公园

Closest to Denver is落基山国家公园。这个大公园提供许多坚固的山脉,闪闪发光的高山湖泊,匆忙的瀑布和许多野生动植物。彻底覆盖它可能需要几个月的时间,但是经过一周的努力,您应该能够获得许多精彩的图像。

首先,Sprague,Bear,Dream和Emerald Lakes靠近真正整洁的Gateway Town estes Park,都是极好的日出地点。在Estes中,您可以参观古老的斯坦利酒店,这是经典的杰克·尼科尔森电影《闪亮》的现场。

The many mountain vistas of the Morraine Park section of RMNP are stunning, but for real excitement, drive the length of Trail Ridge Road, one of the highest and certainly most spectacular roads in America. The views will look markedly different when driving in both directions.

Not far south of Denver is Colorado Springs featuring the Garden of the Gods with dramatic red rocks and great views of Pike’s Peak.

越过小麦加溪床后,大沙丘织布在您面前。日出是捕捉使《沙丘照片》戏剧性和成功的对比的最佳时机。

越过小麦加溪床后,大沙丘织布在您面前。
日出是捕捉使《沙丘照片》戏剧性和成功的对比的最佳时机。

大沙丘国家公园和保护

在圣·路易斯·谷苏接近供应商之一theast part of the state you’ll find Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. These seven hundred foot tall dunes lie just beneath the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the serrated Crestone Needles. They are wonderful right at sunrise when the play of light and shadow creates an endless variety of patterns on their sensuously undulating forms. As with all such sand forms, once the sun gets a little higher, the contrasts are lost and the scene becomes rather flat.

Once you walk across the steam bed of Medano Creek, many of the best compositions are to be found toward the left as you face the dunefield. Climbing up through the sand will certainly be your cardio workout for the day.

世界著名的悬崖宫是1888年两名牛仔发现的古代建筑中的第一个。它建于公元1200年左右,仍然是有史以来发现的最大的综合体。

世界著名的悬崖宫是1888年两名牛仔发现的古代建筑中的第一个。它建于公元1200年左右,仍然是有史以来发现的最大的综合体。

梅萨佛得角国家公园

After driving west from here, pass charming Durango for now (see below) and head for梅萨佛得角国家公园,,,,the very first national park established to protect the works of man, rather than those of nature. Don’t miss touring Wetherill Mesa (road open in summer only). Buy tickets in advance for Cliff Palace, Balcony House and Long House. Cliff Palace photographs best in late afternoon light; the other two in the morning; the first tour of the day is ideal for both.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Take a few days to explore the many fascinating ancient buildings and communities of the long vanished Chacoan people of Mesa Verde. Then head north to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

一无所有。这些带有许多石头丝带的墙壁与您可以在任何地方发现的距离黑色一样近。这在解决产生的高对比度方面提出了挑战。明亮,高的阴影灯打开深色阴影将是一个很好的帮助。缺席,您可能想雇用一些HDR。射击一个非常宽的括号。从尺度的一端到另一端,七个,九个或更多帧都没有害处。也许以1.5停止增量。

Even though today’s HDR software offers improved alignment functions, I would attempt such a wide bracket only when using a good, solid tripod in order to avoid camera movement.

当在HDR软件中映射黑色峡谷图像时,请尝试使用轻触摸,取出相当平坦的图像,该图像包含整个音调范围,并在Photoshop中进行其余的图像。否则,您可能会产生可能看起来过度处理和尖叫的“ HDR”的文件。

Most of your shooting along the well paved south rim park road will be from the many overlooks. Make sure to stop at the Painted Wall. A couple of trails start right along the road and descend into the canyon itself.

当探索未铺砌的菜,但在冈尼森的黑色峡谷北缘保持道路时,请不要在当天的末日射击,在恰当地命名为“感叹点!”的地点。

Park at the little ranger station for the easy walk of a mile or so each way.

Towering Pike’s Peak is framed by the redrock forms known as the Siamese Twins in the sprawling and ethereal Garden of the Gods right outside Colorado Springs.

Towering Pike’s Peak is framed by the redrock forms known as the Siamese Twins in the sprawling and ethereal Garden of the Gods right outside Colorado Springs.

More

In addition to these four great national parks, there are several other locations in the Centennial State that you won’t want to miss. Among these are:

*Colorado National Monumentis on the edge of Grand Junction and right near the Utah state line. Be careful not to include the city lights in your composition. A little fog will help and increase the drama of your images.

*The Maroon Bells: A short drive from Aspen, CO. Be there well before sunrise, find a spot along the edge of the lake and wait for the light to arrive.

*The area aroundRidgewayis chock full of spectacular scenes. Explore some of the many byways and unpaved tracks through the San Juan Mountains. Among these is Last Dollar Road. You will be rewarded with a riot of colors and forms, sometimes blending, sometimes contrasting with each other. The patchwork of quaking aspens covered with blazing fall color is an embarrassment of riches.

To travel many of these remote roads, it’s a good idea to be driving a 4 wheel vehicle with high clearance, especially after a rain when these roads quickly become very sloppy.

*Sneffels山:在RT的北行车道上寻找巨大的拉动。Ridgeway以南550。从这种撤离中射击,尤其是当秋天的颜色处于峰值或接近峰值时,它是如此容易,它会让一个人感到内gui。几乎。

This stunning Colorado fourteener is a great mountain to climb and is very popular with peak baggers and highly skilled heli-skiers.

*Crested Butte– Wildflower Capital of Colorado. July is best. Bring lots of insect repellent.

*Durango-Silverton铁路。If you have never enjoyed this fun experience, board the historic steam powered train in Durango for the full day roundtrip to Silverton. Better yet, try to be there during the few days in autumn, generally the third or fourth week of September, when this venerable line offers special photography trips.

在这些跑步上,工程师在路线上几次停车,沿着最大颜色,摄影师下船,并距轨道很短。然后,铁路工作人员将空的火车来回运行,漏斗喷出蒸汽和灰烬,秋叶作为背景。

It can be glorious!

These special outings are held on just two weekends per year and usually limited to just 70 folks so reserve early.

That pretty much covers the highlights of Utah and Colorado. We haven’t even touched on the best of enchanted New Mexico and spectacular Arizona. Let’s save that for another day.

Each of the tourist friendly towns mentioned offers a wide variety of lodging and dining options. Some of my favorite Mexican food is in Crested Butte.

Jerry Ginsbergis a widely published photographer whose landscape, Nature and travel images have graced the covers pages of hundreds of books, magazines and travel catalogs. He is the only person to have photographed each and every one of America’s National Parks with medium format cameras. He has been awarded Artist Residencies in several National Parks and his works have been exhibited from coast to coast and have received numerous awards in competition. Jerry’s photographic archive spans virtually all of both North and South America.

More of Ginsberg’s images are on display atwww.JerryGinsberg.com

Or e mail him atjerry@jerryginsberg.com