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Utah – Travel Photography

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

Have you been to Utah yet? If not, why not? It is, after-all, the most beautiful state…

The Virgin River
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14mm, ISO 64, 1/100, f/4.0

I had no idea what to expect but I fell in love with Utah from the moment I first set foot there. It’s different. The people are very nice, friendly and polite. The towns are beautiful. And the landscape is unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere else.

The Martian
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 26mm, ISO 64, 1/25, f/22.0

Consider the Mesa Arch in Canyonlands for a second. If it’s your first time and you arrive before sunrise, you have no idea what’s in front of you. And then the first light hits and boom, this jaw-dropping scene reveals itself.

Mesa Arch
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 29mm, ISO 64, 6/10, f/8.0

Take a few (very, very) careful steps towards the edge of the base of the Mesa Arch and have your mind blown:

Mesa Arch View
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 30mm, ISO 64, 1/60, f/8.0

But let’s rewind for a second and start with Zion, considered Utah’s (and perhaps the country’s) top national park. The pale blue Virgin River carving its way through the towering red cliffs of the canyon provides one stunning vista after another.

Virgin River Overlook
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 25.5mm, ISO 64, 1/60, f/4.0

In the absence of the tourist crush – off-season, early morning – it is hard to imagine a more peaceful place: the canyon cradles you and soothes you with the hushed trickle of the river that occasionally turns into the gush of the rapids.

The Virgin River II
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14mm, ISO 64, 1/80, f/4.0