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Subway's Leaving

All aboard the Virgin River Express! This is the Subway feature of the Left Fork of the Virgin River in Zion National Park. It is required to get a back-country permit to hike here, and I'm glad that's the case! Most national parks are so crowded that it is sometimes hard to really feel a sense of being in nature (which is probably why so many tourists end up injuring themselves). On this hike I only encountered about 10-12 other people, but only in passing. This was a great day for fall photos and solitude... exactly what I was looking for!

 

To get to the subway, you need to hike up river about 3.5 miles (Or you can take the long way down river, which requires getting very wet). I've seen numerous photos of the subway, so I wanted to do something a little different. Which is to say I decied to shoot it as a panorama. This image is a combination of three vertical HDR frames. The yellow swirls in the water are caused by leaves being carried by the current, which I was lucky to capture, as a strong wind released some leaves from the trees high over head just when I started my capturing process.

 

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This image was processed using Photomatix Pro and Photoshop CS4.

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Taken on October 23, 2011