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Photographing Utah’s Badlands

A recent trip to Utah’s Badlands offered a beautiful study into the patterns of the earth that arise with changing light. Trevor Anderson shares the moments he experienced between fleeting light and fall colors

I recently had the opportunity to revisit the Southwest United States. While the trip was made with the primary intention to photograph the fall colors in Colorado, there was also a side plan to revisit the desert landscape in Southern Utah to photograph the patterns on the badlands.

We encountered a stunning array of patterns and light while down in Utah and captured many images under different conditions. While observing the subtle shifts in light, compositions would suddenly appear through the fleeting relationship of darks and lights. This visit to Utah underscored the idea of timing in landscape photography and how just a few seconds can separate a compelling image from a mundane one.

The first featured image was taken during the first day in Utah outside of Capitol Reef National Park. When we first arrived at our destination, the sun was still too high to produce pleasing shadows. After waiting around 30 minutes, the sun had lowered to the right degree to illuminate a zigzagging section of ridges evenly enough to create balanced harmony. There was definitely a fine line between ...

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Trevor Anderson

I am Trevor Anderson and I am a Pacific Northwest based Photographer. With the immense natural beauty and recreational opportunities available in my region, I was drawn to exploring the moods of nature while hiking at a relatively young age.

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