The Fantastic Four Corners, Part I

Standing high above the Utah desert, eye-catching Sixshooter Peak is the calling card

Standing high above the Utah desert, eye-catching Sixshooter Peak is the calling card
of the Needles section in Canyonlands National Park.

杰里·金斯伯格(Jerry Ginsberg)的故事和照片

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.

For Nature photographers like us, this little speck on the map is noteworthy because it is the center of some of the most stunning landscapes on Earth. Surrounding this tiny spot are no fewer than thirteen National Parks totaling almost 3,000,000 acres as well as many state and tribal parks.

在布莱斯峡谷国家公园北端,经常忽略了雪和雾的仙境点。

在布莱斯峡谷国家公园北端,经常忽略了雪和雾的仙境点。

路线

长期以来,穿过四个角落区域的圆形行程被称为大圆圈。这是一个大循环。由于这样的旅行可能非常广泛,因此您可能希望将其分成多次摄影的大小。

我们可以以几种方式设计逻辑行程。例如,按州,靠近或简单地通过高光,同时包括一些地方并跳过其他地方。

Just for the purposes of this column, let’s consider segmenting the whole area by state. It is certainly easy to combine portions of two or more states depending upon how much time you are able to devote to a major photo trip like this.

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 toward锡安国家公园在犹他州的西南角。

It’s an easy matter to loop across Utah from west to east through Zion and tinyBryce CanyonNational Parks sprawling大楼梯 - 埃斯卡兰特国家纪念碑long and narrow国会大厦礁国家公园(NANPA – June, 2016) and on to摩押,通往令人惊叹的拱门和峡谷国家公园的门户。就在峡谷兰州国家公园的天空区必看的岛屿旁边是死马角州立公园,绝对值得日出和傍晚。

South of Moab you’ll find Natural Bridges National Monument (worthy of at least two mornings) and Hovenweep National Monument. From Natural Bridges, it’s a short drive to sprawling纪念碑谷部落公园带有许多奇妙的红色岩层。

The Dilemma

如果有一个问题计划旅行的照片uch 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 historicMesa Verde National Parkin southwestern Colorado, just a bit past popular Zion is isolated Toroweep Point and the spectacular North Rim of theGrand Canyon在所有四个州中不断。

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

A completely different option is starting from Denver and making a circuit through Colorado, a place with a look very different from that of contiguous Utah, but a land with just as much glorious natural beauty. Colorado boasts four national parks, just one less than Utah and a host of other gorgeous places to photograph.

These four parks are arranged in a virtual rectangle within the larger rectangular shape of the Centennial State.

最好的秋天的颜色通常可以发现在the Front Range of the Rockies in late September and in some years stretching into early October. The area surrounding Telluride and Ridgeway is simply loaded with quaking aspen groves and stunning mountain shapes which combine for an endless variety of thrilling compositions.

落基山国家公园(Rocky Mountain National Park)的真正宝石之一是日出之后的熊湖(Bear Lake)闪闪发光。

落基山国家公园(Rocky Mountain National Park)的真正宝石之一是日出之后的熊湖(Bear Lake)闪闪发光。

Rocky Mountain National Park

Closest to Denver isRocky Mountain National Park. This great park offers many rugged mountains, sparkling Alpine lakes, rushing waterfalls and lots of wildlife. It might take months to cover it thoroughly, but with a week’s effort, you should be able to come away with many wonderful images.

To start with, Sprague, Bear, Dream and Emerald Lakes, close to the really neat gateway town of Estes Park, are all excellent sunrise locations. In Estes you can tour the venerable Stanley Hotel, scene of the classic Jack Nicholson movie “The Shining.”

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.

After crossing the small Medano Creek bed, the Great Sand Dunes loom before you. Sunrise is the best time to capture the contrasts that make dune photographs dramatic and successful.

After crossing the small Medano Creek bed, the Great Sand Dunes loom before you.
Sunrise is the best time to capture the contrasts that make dune photographs dramatic and successful.

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

In the San Luis Valley close to Alamosa in the southeast 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.

一旦您穿过Medano Creek的蒸汽床,当您面对Dunefield时,将发现许多最好的作品。爬上沙子肯定是您一天的有氧运动。

World famous Cliff Palace was the first of the ancient structures discovered by two cowboys in 1888. It was built around 1200 C.E. and remains the largest such complex ever found.

World famous Cliff Palace was the first of the ancient structures discovered by two cowboys in 1888. It was built around 1200 C.E. and remains the largest such complex ever found.

Mesa Verde National Park

从这里开车向西行驶后,暂时通过迷人的杜兰戈(请参阅下文),然后前往Mesa Verde National Park,建立的第一个国家公园是为了保护人类的作品,而不是自然的作品。不要错过Touring Wethill Mesa(仅在夏季开放)。提前购买门票,供悬崖宫,阳台房屋和长屋购买门票。悬崖宫在午后的灯光下拍照;另外两个早晨;当天的第一次游览都是两者的理想选择。

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

花几天时间探索梅萨·佛得角(Mesa Verde)长期消失的奇科恩人(Chacoan)人民的许多迷人的古老建筑和社区。然后向北前往Gunnison国家公园的黑色峡谷。

It’s not called a black canyon for nothing. These walls with their many ribbons of stone are as close to jet black as you’ll find anywhere. This presents a challenge in resolving the resulting high contrast ratios. Bright, high overcast light that opens up the deep shadows will be a great help. Absent that, you might want to employ some HDR. Shoot a very wide bracket. There’s no harm in going to seven, nine or more frames from one end of the scale to the other; perhaps at 1.5 stop increments.

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.

When tone mapping your Black Canyon images in HDR software, try using a light touch, come away with a fairly flat image that encompasses the entire tonal range and do the rest in Photoshop. Otherwise, you risk producing files that could look over-processed and scream ‘HDR.’

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.

When exploring the unpaved, but maintained road along the north rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison, don’t miss shooting as late in the day as possible at the spot aptly named ‘Exclamation Point!’ Seriously.

在小游侠站停车,以轻松地步行一英里左右。

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.

更多的

除了这四个伟大的国家公园外,百年纪念州还有其他几个地点您不想错过。其中包括:

*Colorado National Monument位于大交界处的边缘,就在犹他州立线附近。注意不要将城市灯纳入您的构图中。一点雾将有助于并增加图像的戏剧性。

*The Maroon Bells:距离阿斯彭(Aspen)的一小段车程。

* The area around充满了壮观的场景。探索通过圣胡安山脉的许多小路和未铺设的轨道。其中是最后一条道路。您将获得颜色和形式的骚乱,有时会融合,有时会彼此形成对比。震撼的阿斯台斯的拼凑而成,上面覆盖着炽烈的秋天的颜色,这是一种尴尬的财富。

要旅行许多偏远的道路,最好驾驶带有高间隙的四轮车辆,尤其是在雨水迅速变得非常草率的时候。

*Mt. Sneffels:Look for the great pullout right along the northbound lane of Rt. 550 south of Ridgeway. Shooting from this pullout, especially when the autumn color is at or near its peak, is so easy, it can make one feel guilty. Almost.

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.

*The Durango-Silverton Railroad.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.

On those runs, the engineer stops the train several times at spots along the route featuring maximum color, photographers disembark and set up a short distance from the tracks. The railroad crew then runs the empty train back and forth a bit with the funnel spewing steam and ash with the autumn foliage as a background.

It can be glorious!

这些特殊郊游每年仅两个周末举行,通常仅限于70个人,因此请尽早预订。

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.

每个旅游友好的城镇都提到,提供各种住宿和用餐选择。我最喜欢的墨西哥食物中有一些在冠状的比尤特。

杰里·金斯伯格(Jerry Ginsberg)is 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.

更多的of Ginsberg’s images are on display atwww.jerryginsberg.com

Or e mail him atjerry@jerryginsberg.com

Mesa Verde National Park

杰里·金斯伯格(Jerry Ginsberg)的故事和摄影

壮观的悬崖宫是加利福尼亚州梅萨佛得角国家公园的所有古老住宅中最大的悬崖宫。悬崖宫一直是先进文明的家园,直到13世纪左右。亚博体育亚博官网即使是现在,也没有人确定他们为什么离开。©Jerry Ginsberg

坐落在科罗拉多州的西南角是第一个,几乎是(几乎)建立的旨在保护人类作品而不是自然的国家公园,而不是自然,令人着迷的梅萨·佛得角(Mesa Verde)。

Hidden for centuries and unknown to Europeans until a couple of cowboys looking for strays stumbled upon it in 1888, this treasure trove of Native American history includes several thousand structures, both simple and complex, that were built here spanning a period that is estimated to have lasted from perhaps 600 to about 1300 C.E.

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