I took this picture while I was guiding a sunrise tour inside of the tribal park in the backcountry area, an area where you need a Navajo Guide to take you. This was a good morning, and maybe one of the most peaceful areas in the world to experience a gorgeous life-changing viewing of the Sun rising and the day waking up to Earth's colors.
Hunts Mesa is a hidden secret of Monument Valley. If you are looking for a real adventure Hunts Mesa is a must for you. You can take a tour that will take you up in an off-road vehicle or have someone help you hike up to this amazing panorama view. When you are on top it feels like you are on the top of the world and you will be able to look down into the vallley, Monument Valley.
You can email me of any specific questions regarding anything to do with photography or adventure advice, thanks.
When touring and exploring Monument Valley you often run into the valley residents' horses and livestock. As I was guiding some people on tour we came upon these horses and we had to get out to take some pictures of them. Some of the horses may be wild but most of them belong to someone as the whole Navajo Nation is open range so I always tell visitors to be careful driving at night because you don't want to hit them on the roads,especially highways.
This is one of my favorite vistas located in the backcountry of Monument Valley Tribal Park. When I give photo tours, I always try to make time for this stop. I wish I could build my house exactly at this point and wake up to see this view everyday. shot in 2017 spring, NIKON D700
I shot this during a sunrise tour as I was guiding another avid photographer out from Texas. This was in the backcountry of Monument Valley, and I have never really seen this shot before. I was able to frame the totem pole and the yeis rock spires with my Rokinon 14mm.
Try long exposure with running water.
This arch is called teardrop, i shot it with only a portion of the arch in the photo trying to focus mainly on what you can see thru it. I feel like its a little different take on the arch, maybe focusing more on the texture of the rock of the arch, also. This is a famous arch called teardrop.
When touring Mystery Valley I often travel the scenic route from Monument Valley tribal Park visitors center, a kinda rough, deep sandy dirt road. I love long road shots into epic scenery. I used a 70-300mm.
I shot this Sunstar in between Totem Pole and Yei Bi Chei rock spires in Monument Valley Tribal Park. This was taken as I was guiding a very nice couple taking a Sunrise tour and they were especially into photography. The trick with these kind of shots are knowing exactly where the Sun will be rising, being ready for it with your camera and tripod set up ready to shoot and knowing how to get desired Sunstar. Remember these Sunstars are made with longer exposures and a low ISO with a higher F stop to balance the long exposure, and when I say long exposure I mean something like 1/6 of a second.
This is one of Arizona's amazing, epic waterfalls located on Navajoland, which is right by Flagstaff, AZ. The best time to visit this arch is when the snow is melting from the White Mountains or when there is a big storm causing this wash to flash flood. There are two spots to view this waterfall, be careful which one you choose. I think I chose the wrong one because I wanted to get right up in front of it and from this view you are unable to. You need to take the route that is from Flagstaff.
Havasupai is amazing. This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. I am planning on hiking the 14 mile round trip adventure again 2018 late spring to shoot the milkyway. Hopefully all goes thru. You need a permit and permits can be bought online now, along with the campground fee.
Paiute Falls is located by Oljato/Monument Valley. It can be hard to get to. I know where its at, let me know if you want to take pictures here, I can guide you, and you can catch some awesome catfish here too.
Coal Mine Canyon. This is another one of Arizona's rad secret landscapes. Colors in canyons, this is by Tuba City, AZ. I am looking forward on coming back here and capturing some Milkyway panoramas late spring with camping.
Colorado is golden. I took this by Purgatory Ski Resort.
Woman and a child in Monument Valley.
I was loving the after-the-sun-set light on this right by Mexican Hat Rock.
The Fishing is prime here.
Some Anasazi Pictographs in Mystery Valley, AZ. Maybe gods, maybe aliens, maybe spirits, maybe Demons, maybe visitors, maybe enemies, maybe hallucinations, maybe indians.
In between Fort Defiance and Window Rock. Navajo Nation style.
A country now ruled by jeeps
Located in the backcountry of Monument valley
exposures of my desert
I shot this during a Sunrise photography tour in the cold part of winter. My hands were so cold handling the camera but became numb after awhile because the colors were so stunning. Yeis and totem pole.
Sunrise lighting on a horse that was just chilling in Monument Valley.