Red Rock Canyons National Conservation Area, BY BOB WICK, BLM #MYPUBLICLANDS INSTAGRAM GUEST PHOTO EDITOR
About the image: While clear blue skies are wonderful, they don’t necessarily make for the most interesting photos. I much prefer some weather when photographing and my favorite time to shoot is just as a storm is breaking up. The clouds are always more dramatic as they begin to break up behind these larger low pressure systems vs. when they are moving in. The National Weather Service web site is a great resource where you can watch time lapse of satellite photos to gauge when a clearing line will hit your area. Summer thunderstorms are different from these larger systems and offer dramatic light from all angles, both before and after the storm’s passage. Remember to retreat to a vehicle or building if lightning is in the area.
About the area: The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located just 20 minutes from the Las Vegas strip, but is a world apart. A paved loop road offers easy access to numerous dramatic photo spots and more adventures photographers can hike into the backcountry. The main cliffs face east and turn brilliant red at sunrise, but many side canyons catch evening backlighting so either time is worth a visit. The area is accessible year round.
Camera settings: lens focal length: 70 mm, shutter speed: 1/15 second, aperture: f 16 ISO 100
Learn more about the Red Rock Canyon NCA at http://on.doi.gov/SKBFeC
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