We discovered this reflective scene while following a primitive, 4 WD route to Lavender Canyon, which is in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. The route crosses BLM land from Utah highway 211. I shot the picture the old-fashioned way, using color transparency film, and then we temporarily scrambled the reflection by driving through the puddle that was providing it. I thought a moon and a small cloud would enhance the image, so I added them, and their reflections.
My realization that photography can be fine art came gradually, beginning long ago when a friend, a photographer for and in the Navy, stationed at USNOTS in California, showed me prints of fantastic photos he had shot of the neighboring Sierra Nevada. I thought the reason they were so good was because he had the use of excellent, state-of-the-art equipment. Since then I have come to realize that, although it is good to have fine equipment, it is the skill, talent, imagination, inspiration, and creativity of the photographer that produce memorable images.
I hope you enjoy browsing through my images. Best wishes, John
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