The year 2019 is starting off on a good foot so to speak. The first of the desert southwest ballooning festivals was recently held in the cool town of Bluff, Utah.
Nestled into the red rocks of the heart of the Colorado plateau. Bluff is 45 miles north of Monument Valley and its neighbors like Valley of the Gods and Goosenecks of the San Juan to the south and Arches, Canyonlands and more to the north.
The business owners of Bluff (BOB) held the 21st annual balloon gathering with 20 balloons mostly from the neighboring states. We were treated to two beautiful mornings with light winds which are wonderful for flying in this intimate valley.
I was able to capture a quick image of the moonrise, the day prior to the Super Blood Wolf moon Lunar Eclipse as we were preparing to “glow” at the Bluff event. I like the image because of the exposure balance between the last rays of sunlight and the rising full moon.
After completing the flights, I would head south to visit Monument Valley. My first morning there found magnificent clouds lining the horizon. It turned out to be a rather windy day. Watching the clouds roll by and the sand blowing across the roadways, bringing the scene to life.
With the windy day following a couple of stormy days gave me the idea to primarily capture time lapse on an awesome winter day in one of the most beautiful locations in the southwest, in my humble opinion, of course.
I love to visit and re-visit my favorite views of Monument Valley in different light, different weather and at different times of day.
These images were captured on an infrared converted body and either the Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4 IS L lens or the Canon EF 28-300 mm 3.5-5.6 IS L lens mounted on my ReallyRightStuff TVC-34 tripod and the BH-55 ballhead. DelkinDevices digital media recorded the imagery. My cameras were packed in my FStopGear Lotus backpack!
Please visit my website, www.serendipityvisuals.com to see all of the workshops that I will be leading this year! I hope that you can join me out in the field!
Ken Sklute has been honored as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only 60 top photographers worldwide. Ken has enjoyed a diverse career photographing landscapes, professional sports, and people.
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