The Narrows hike in Zion National Park, the combination of the slot canyon and the Virgin River create the perfect conditions for a landscape photographer.
For millions of years, the Virgin River has been carving its way through layers of rock forming the Zion Narrows. This canyon twists and turns for miles creating one of the most unique hiking trails in the world.
The canyon is so narrow the hike is basically walking up the Virgin River means that in many places you have to either wade or swim to proceed all while walking on rounded river rocks.
I used this small tree as a reference point to put the sheer size of the canyon walls in perspective.
The Virgin river has sculpted dramatic shapes in the Zion Narrows canyon walls. This combined with the water rounded river rocks, makes for a fantastic shooting location.
The canyon walls are so high and narrow, that even though I did this hike during a very sunny fall day, direct sunlight is a rare sight. This allowed me to use a slow shutter speed to get a silky water effect of the river flowing over the rocks.