Starved Rock State Park, Illinois: Aurora Canyon in Autumn

This is another in a series of posts on Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois. The park is about 2 hours away from Chicago.

I took these images on October 29. I was at the park again today. I got some nice shots from Illinois Canyon that I will post shortly.

This is the Autumn grand finale. There is only a day or two left. One strong wind will end the Autumn leaf-chasing opportunities season.

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Here is a vertical shot from the same location.

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The idea behind extreme wide angle photography is not to bring it all in. Rather, the key to extreme wide angle photography is to be right on top of your subject. I am no more than a couple feet away from the subject.

Notice there is no direct sunlight on the canyon. Actually, there is no direct sunlight on anything. Clouds were moving in, and I managed to get the last moments of blue sky for the day. Both images are blends. One set of exposures for the canyon and trees and another for the blue sky.

If you visit the area, I highly recommend staying at the park lodge. The loge fills up way in advance in Autumn and may be full other times as well. Many other hotels are nearby.


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