I went out to Capitol Reef National Park in the spring of 2018 with no agenda except to try to capture something unique and not shoot the iconic locations. This was my second trip to Capitol Reef. I did very little research prior to the expedition so I would have no pre-conceived images. I just wanted to find something new, something unique that would be my image. I didn't want to copy anyone else's work. I stopped at first at the Chimney Rock Loop trailhead. I was with my father, so we didn't go up the trail far, only enough to find a nice viewpoint. I set up my camera, but there was a heavy bank of clouds along the western horizon and the sunset in the west fizzled.
It was windy and cold that night. My father retreated back to the car. Just as I was too cold to continue, one small stream of light broke through illuminating this dead tree. The storm that was in the east looked ominous behind that magical light. The zigzag of the form of the tree captivated me, so I immediately changed my focus away from the west where nothing was happening and spent a quick happy couple of minutes capturing the dynamic contrast of the storm and the exposed tree. The light was brilliant but short lived, so I had to work fast. This image reminds me of the thin line that exists in the desert between life and death. It provides the reminder that without water life doesn't continue and only the bones remain. This image has since become a favorite on my website and has sold many copies, much to my surprise.
Did you know that now we offer a VIP membership? Create your Personal Portfolio Page and let us share it monthly to over 300,000 members and followers.
Benefits of VIP membership:
• Your Personal Portfolio Page – click here to see sample
• We promote your portfolio monthly to over 300,000 followers
• Download 12 new issues of the magazine every year
• Download ALL back issues
• Download premium eBooks worth £19.45.
• Upload and share up to 70 images per year via our monthly assignments and picture submission forms
• Your uploaded pictures/posts stay attached to your Personal Portfolio Page for as long as you are a VIP member, which could be for ever
• Fast Support – we aim to reply within 12 hours
• Submission Priority – your submission goes to the front of the queue
Dimitri Vasileiou • Editor