Painted Desert

 

The folks at Halona fed us a sumptuous breakfast, after which we took a little stroll around town.  Native American people are very sensitive about photography, so i did not take any pictures.  With the cooked to order breakfast and walk about town, it was a late start on the road.  We had a quick lunch at Subway before arriving at the Petrified Forest National Park.

The Painted Desert is the northern part of the Petrified Forest NP, and it was as dramatic as usual.  I’ve always seen the Painted Desert in the middle of the day, and this time followed the pattern.  Some day I’ll see it in the morning or evening to appreciate the play of light and shadow on the hills.  (The first time I saw the Painted Desert was at midday in a car without air conditioning.  Hot!)

This is the first HDR photo I took with the Pentax. With three exposures a half stop apart, the composite shows the foreground and background both exposed properly.

There are many erosional features in this park.  Together with the colors of the different sedimentary layers, It makes for dramatic vistas.

For the first time, I visited the Painted Desert Inn.  There I talked to a photographer who gave me tips on taking pictures using High Dynamic Range (HDR) technique.  I’ll make another post about HDR once I get experience using it.  The iPhone takes HDR photos automatically, but it requires some post-processing with the Pentax.