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Thanks a lot Chris. Part of the reason I didn't post this last year is because I didn't have the post processing skills to make it look natural. Those luminosity masks you showed me are awesome. The one thing this shot has going is that its a bit unique to what I've seen from the Narrows.
Thanks Pete, the Narrows are a fun place to photograph, I kept reminding myself to look for good light then find a comp to match. The light bouncing off the wall is what initially made me stop and try to compose this one.
The narrows have been on the top of my to shoot list for almost five years. I heard this years flow was intense. Those canyon walls really do wonders with the light too. Do you need a permit for the narrows?
I didn't get in there this year because I only had waders and not a wetsuit, the flow was higher because they released water from Kolob Resevoir which feeds the Virgin River. You only need a permit if you start from the top, you can overnight backpack it that way, or go for the full 16 miles in one day.
Oh interesting, would you say winter would be an interesting time to visit? Obviously the cold water would likely keep the crowds out. Also, how much of the hike consists of wading? Sorry for the billion questions haha.
I've never been in winter, you'd need probably a drysuit. There wouldn't be any leaves on the trees obviously but I'm sure it would be a cool experience. I recommend the overnight backpack trip. How much wading really depends on water levels, but even in the lowest you'll still be wading a lot.