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Road Trip – Black Canyon

Fourth in a series of posts covering our Texas, New Mexico, Colorado road trip. The destinations for the trip came from Volume 3 of Laurent Martes’ Photographing the Southwest: Colorado & New Mexico.

Pulpit Rock overlook (I think)

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is a 20-30 minute drive east of Montrose. The south side of the rim as about a dozen overlooks, of which we visited maybe 8. You cannot get to the north rim without driving all the way around the canyon. There is only one time of day to visit, and that is late afternoon and early evening. Any other time the canyon will not look good, except maybe sunrise. It is very narrow and steep and not much light gets in; hence the name. We went back around noon thinking the high sun would illuminate the canyon well but it does not. For me, the canyon did not photograph well except at sunset when the sun came out from behind the clouds for a few minutes. You should just go to experience and don’t try too hard on the pictures. None of my photos capture the depth (horizontal or vertical) and spectacularness of the canyon. I never been anywhere like it and would love to go back.

Photo Gallery (such as it is)

Chasm View overlook (I think)

Black Canyon sunset

Categories: Vacation
  1. bobzeller
    July 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I think you done very well considering the lighting problems. I had a similar problem trying to photograph Colorado Canyon, on the Rio Grande west of Lajitas, Texas. It, too, is narrow, steep and deep.


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