Lake Powell is a massive body of water locked into an amazing set of canyons. The fastest transportation on the lake is a power boat. It’s also a hard place to shoot from.
Sunday was spent making our way up in excess of 30 miles to our camp site. Ian running his boat, Jantina and I scooting along on wave runners. As I made my way along I was blown away by the beauty of the rock formations, the monsoonal clouds popping up everywhere, and the lake itself. I was also soaked to the bone. Water spraying up with each wave, every bounce, every turn left me drenched once more. No possibilities for photography on the ride in, and it was disappointing. Hmmmmm…..waterproof camera housings?
Monday was spent getting a tour of the lake from Ian. We didn’t cover a ton of territory, but we did hit some amazing spots. Narrow canyons that curved back on themselves over and over again. Wide open lake scenes, Rainbow Bridge, Twilight Canyon, Anasazi….and more. I got some interesting video as we made our way up canyons……
The video will be part of the podcast.
With all of the amazing opportunities, I still didn’t get a ton of photos. Why? I was on a boat. You know what boats do? Rock back and forth, up and down. HDR on a boat? Yeah, that’s a tough one, but I’ve added one to this post. Other options? Get the right shot in a single frame, toy with Topaz or Nik, and any number of other post prodcution methods.
I’m thinking that a photographer visiting Lake Powell needs some time. If I could have my “ultimate” prep work and trip on the lake, here’s what I’d do……
- Cover the lake over a few days with a power boat. Get an idea of unique formations, lighting, cloud opportunities, etc. Clouds implies going around monsoon season.
- Once the initial tour of the lake was completed I’d have a list of must visit spots, and notes on time of day preferred.
- Either kayak the lake sticking to shorelines for easy access to dry ground, or take a small motor boat that’s easy to maneuver in the tighter canyons. Either way, I’m looking for a smaller boat, land access (for stable shooting), and making it a slow trip.
- Take 2 weeks to cover the entire lake.
There’s my initial thoughts on shooting Powell. Maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to stay up there for a while. 😉