Up at 4:30 a.m. yesterday morning for a sunrise shoot at a place called Little Cut. (Techncially it's only 9:03 p.m. here, but my clock and blog posts are set to post in east coast time).
Yesterday morning's shoot was windy and chilly. I got up at 4:30 a.m. in order to make coffee and take my time getting ready (technically I'm still on east coast time, so it was already about 7:30 a.m., so not that much of a sacrifice).
We were back at the hotel about 7:15 a.m., local time, and had to be back at the bus by 7:55 a.m. to go an meet the tour company that provided access to Secret Canyon. Slot Canyon Hummer Adventures loaded us up in Hummers and we went totally off-roading to get to Secret Canyon. You can watch a YouTube video of the drive here. That was the drive I did yesterday! AWESOME!
Lunch at a place called Slackers in Page, then back to the hotel to quickly download photos and report for a photo critique at 3:00 p.m. which lasted until 4:30 p.m. Each participant could submit up to 3 photos for critiquing. Some of the photos were amazing and were taken in places like Antartica, the Galapogos Islands, and on safari in Africa (all places I hope to visit someday).
Back on the bus at 4:45 p.m. for a sunset shoot at Paria Bluffs (which included a 1/2 hour hike in and back out through the sand, and over rocks and other rough terrain, carrying my camera backpack and tripod).
Up again at 4:30 a.m. to start all over shooting sunrise at Horseshoe Bend (huge hill up, then gently sloping down, and then a tough climb back up and back down the hill to the van — not looking forward to this hike!)