Colorado Plateau 2017: Day Three

It was on Day three of my spring trip that I emerged from my bivy to find a wonderful display of high clouds in the morning. Typically this would be to the delight of most landscape photographers, but my goal for this backpacking trip was to photograph subjects in beautiful reflected light. In order for that to happen, I need to have cloudless skies. The weather forecast showed a good chance of sunny skies in the morning, followed by clouds and a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. 

Seeing how the morning conditions looked best for reflected light, I returned to a very cool looking Juniper tree I had scouted the day before. I have a very limited ability to carry film on these backpacking trips, and without knowing which film would be more useful, I brought 4 sheets of Fuji Velvia, and 4 sheets of Kodak Ektar. I exposed half of my Velvia the day before, so I was only left with 2 sheets of Fuji Velvia.

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Life Force:  Fuji Velvia 50 8x10 | Fujinon 300c | Ebony RW810 | 3 seconds @ f/45 | No Filters

Life Force: Fuji Velvia 50 8x10 | Fujinon 300c | Ebony RW810 | 3 seconds @ f/45 | No Filters

Of the two sheets of film that I exposed, I was thankful to have wonderful reflected light in the second. When I post my film reveal video at the end of this trip, you will be able to see the two different sheets of film, one with strong reflected light, the other with weak reflected light. The quality of light is so important when it comes to photography, and I am very glad that I made the decision to expose my final sheet of Velvia 50 on this subject.