Sunday morning bright and early we were back at the Visitor Center, first in line at the elevator to go down to the Big Room per the advice of the very helpful ranger the day before. That advice turned out to be spot on.
Zak and I let them all move on ahead of us, it felt like we
practically had the place to ourselves. For the next two hours, we ran
into more rangers than other tourists. That gave me ample opportunity
to set up my tripod on the narrow trail, composing and recomposing my
shots without feeling like I was interfering with anyone else's visit.
Natural Entrance Tour the afternoon before, I don't think I shot it well. We'd driven nearly eight hours to get there, so fatigue was a factor. I also prefer to exclude man-made elements from my photos, which works out fine when shooting familiar scenery. But underground it left many shots without any frame of reference for scale. So I made an effort this day to more frequently include some sort of visual guide like the railings in this shot. They provide some nice leading lines, too.
Giant Dome. It
measures 16 feet in diameter and stands 62 feet high next to two
smaller columns known as the Twin Domes.
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