From my whirlwind trip to Zion/wilds of Utah/brief tour of AZ/Vegas this past June with Ara and Emily. I am dying to get back here next year! Ara and I travel with similar gear, and so as to not be bogged down for our adventures we had brought one of everything with us - one body each and a selection of lenses to share. There was a lens mishap late the previous night - and I wound up spending my day with a Nikon 16mm fisheye unexpectedly. And of course, there's no polarizer for that bad boy. It's a great lens, but I missed the CPL. (Warning: the lens cap on those things costs $35 bucks, so I recommend not losing it.)
I really only took two decent photos back here - mostly I was torn between hypothermia and enjoying the shit out of the experience. We get so tied up in getting THE SHOT that sometimes we forget to sit back and say "Wow."
Next year I'll shoot this spot with a different lens (and a filter!), a little earlier, and I'll be better prepared for the FRIGID water so I can spend a little longer enjoying the spot instead of racing for dry ground to warm up my poor tootsies, which by the time I shot this photo I had lost the feeling in entirely. The water was only ankle to mid calf deep in places, knee deep in a few spots, but 40 degree water rushing over your feet hurts.
It was worth every single pain and shiver.
And I swear when I get this excited, so it's got some f-bombs, but I got video!