Goblin Valley State Park, Thanksgiving 2011
Goblin valley is a showcase of geologic history and has beautiful (grotesque is also a word used sometimes to describe them :)) stone sculptures that are composed of sediments from ancient seas, shorelines, river channels and playas. It is a wonderful place to photograph, and I had a busy afternoon session working on compositions and later colors. This photograph is a closeup of one of the hoodoos, with the dark swirling clouds in backdrop. I liked both the color version and the converted black and white version (above) but chose the one that had more drama. clouds add depth to any image and especially in a black and white photograph, the stark contrast of deep black sky to bright white clouds is a strong effect !