Leaving Earth

Have you ever wanted to leave Earth and photograph on another planet? Perhaps Mars? Well, that might not be possible for some time, however, you can visit an area that is as close as you can get to the real deal. White pocket in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is a truly wild display of nature at its most odd and interesting.

White rock...no trees...no water...wait......this sounds pretty boring. In a description it might sound boring, but in person it is in fact one of the most amazing sights to behold. The white rock is white, but as we all know, white reflects, black absorbed. So here is a scenario, the cool hues of overcast clouds will give these rocks the appearance of a dark grey color. An intense sunset just on the horizon with rich deep warm hues will give the rock the appearance of those hues. They change depending on the hue of light that hits their surface! how cool!

If this place is so  cool, why do people seldom photograph here? that has everything to do with the road into the area. It is brutal! The final leg of the road is fifteen miles of six to eight inch deep sand, a true test for any 4 X 4 vehicle.  Many people do not own a vehicle with the ground clearance and performance necessary to make it there. For those lucky few, this area is a must visit. A photographers paradise.

Robin and I stayed for two nights and witnessed many different moods of the same place because of the ever evolving light. Below are several photographs from White Pocket. On the left 'Infinity Rising' and on the right 'Life on Mars' the natural color of the rock is basically the same, but photographed under completely different lighting conditions, they appear as though they would be found no where near one another. I hope everyone enjoys.

Infinity Rising - Canon 6D, Nikon 14-24 (14mm), Novoflex Adapter, ISO 100, F/11, 1/50th of a second.

Life on Mars - Canon 6D, Nikon 14-24 (@18mm), Novoflex Adapter, ISO 100, F/11, 1/60th of a second.

The Alchemist - Canon 6D, Nikon 14-24 (@14mm), Novoflex Adapter, ISO 100, F/16, 1/30th of a second.

Parallel Universe - Canon 6D, Canon 24 105L (@24mm), ISO 100, F/16, 1/13th of a second.

Road of Fire - Canon 6D, Nikcon 14-24 (@16mm), Novoflex Adapter, ISO 100, F/8, 1/640th of a second.

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