I recently attended a rarity – a post COVID, in person, in the room, conference. It was a photography conference held in Kanab Utah. I flew in and used my electric bike to get around town for three days, quite fun actually.
And I took some photos.
It also turns out that a photography conference is where you can meet a couple of random guys and within 10 minutes decide to all hang out in desert together for the night. Really. I got up at 1:00 am and got back at about 5:00 am after hiking out and shooting the milky way behind “The Toadstools”. Also, I was on a bike so I really needed a ride out into the desert. But it was fun and helpful to shoot together which I’ve never done.
I also made my own adventure by flying from Kanab one evening over to near Hanksville to a formation called Factory Butte. I actually missed the sunset somehow. I was looking at Google Maps on my iPhone during the conference and estimated the time to fly over there – and blew it. Kind of.
I arrived about 15 minutes after sunset, about the start of the “Blue Hour” that I had just heard about in a workshop. This is a nice image and I was fortunate there was still enough light in the sky to get an image from a shaky airplane. I used a fast lens (f1.4) and boosted the ISO some to get a decent shutter speed.