Monday, 22nd February 2016
Reflection Canyon In Winter
by David Swindler
Reflection Canyon is a remote viewpoint of Lake Powell. I decided to go close to the winter solstice since the rising sun would be aligned with the canyon. However, it's not easy to get there in the winter. Most photographers hire a boat to get here, but that's not an option in the winter. First, I had to drive nearly 60 miles on a snowy/muddy Hole-In-The-Rock Road. From there, it was a 9-mile cross-country backpacking jaunt with a lot of washes to cross. Since I did most of the hike in the dark, I know I didn't go the most efficient route. The next morning it was cloudy and I got some great shots of the canyon. But since I didn't get the sunburst I had hoped for, I stayed one more night and was treated to clear skies the next morning.
Photographed in Lake Powell, Utah.
Equipment: Canon 5D III, Canon 16-35mm f4
My name is David Swindler and I'm an outdoor photography and travel enthusiast. After working for 10 years as a semiconductor engineer, I quit my job to follow my true passion. I'm now leading guided photography tours. I primarily do private tours in the Southwest from my base in Kanab, UT.
My foray into photography was slow and steady. I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and started work as a Process Engineer for Micron Technology. My specialty was photolithography, a high-tech process of nano-scale printing to form tiny circuitry on silicon chips. As I worked with the optics and exposure equipment, I began to see many parallels with photography. Thus, photography came very easy to me since I had a good background with the basic physics. When not at work, I loved to explore the great outdoors and I wanted to share this natural beauty with others. I also enjoy teaching others how to improve their photography and there's no better way to do it than practicing the techniques out in the field.