Some of you may know that my wife Luisa ran a marathon a few weeks ago.  When she decided to run it at the Grand Canyon, I decided that we were going to make a wonderful, long and adventurous trip out of it.  We drove (from Boise, ID) the entire way and had the time of our lives.  We stopped in Zion National Park, Page AZ, the Grand Canyon, Arches National Park and Canyonlands in Moab.  We had the greatest two weeks on the road.

Now I don’t claim to be a landscape photographer by any means.  I just really enjoy being in beautiful places, and love taking photos while I’m there.

The trip started in Zion National Park

I did a few hikes while at Zion’s (Angels Landing, Hidden Canyon, and a few others) but my favorite hike I did while I was there was called The Subway.  It was a 10 mile roundtrip hike up and back down a river.  Seeing the photos it’s easy to tell why they call it the “Subway”.

Antelope Canyon in Page AZ.  In my opinion, one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Finally the Grand Canyon.  Crazy enough, I actually didn’t take a ton of photos here.  My parents came out to surprise and support Luisa on her Marathon.  She did amazing!  So proud of her!  You can get a full update of her trip on her blog post here.

Arches National Park and Canyonlands:

Taken on our last day.  I love how Jace is just staring blank at the camera like he’s saying “Please help, my parents are crazy.”

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11/28/2011
Oh man, these are amazing. Is there anything you can't shoot well? Beautiful Nate! Really love the one with the flare sunlight and the one of you framed as a shadow.. epicness! So good! Congrats to Luisa again on her run! Incredible!
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11/28/2011
Good grief, Nate. These are unbelievable! I've been to most of those places and I dare to say, I think you've made them more beautiful than they are in person. Or at least close. The Antelope canyon photos look like Peter Lik's. Did you carry a tripod with you on your hikes? Lenses you used for most of these? You sure are a landscape photographer!
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11/28/2011
WOW, gorgeous!!! These are amazing!! Love every single one of them. Your view on everything was just great and your images are great!! Love every one of them, how cool to be able to have them to hang in your home!
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11/29/2011
Thanks so much everyone! I appreciate it a ton. And Laura, I do usually carry a tripod with me. It's a smaller one so it doesn't weigh me down. Almost all these were taken on a tripod at about f/16-f/22 usually at a pretty slow shutter speed. I think almost every shot in here was taken with the Nikon 17-35 2.8 which is a great lens past f/5.6. Most of the Antelope Canyon pictures were 10-20 second exposures.
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[...] spoiling us all rotten. We love you, miss you, and CAN’T WAIT for Christmas. Oh, and here is Nate’s post about the trip on his photography [...]
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12/06/2011
Wow! Those shots are amazing! Jace is so cute!
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