Starved Rock State Park, Illinois: Illinois Canyon in Autumn Part 1

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 the first week in November of 2017. They are from Illinois Canyon, the longest and arguably the prettiest canon in the park.

There are numerous color variations and weathered details on the sandstone walls in Illinois canyon that are not present in other canyons. Also, the sandstone is not as carved up with fool’s initials as much as many other canyons.

The canyon floor can be muddy, especially in the Spring. I recommend waterproof boots, ankle high is generally sufficient. Some upcoming reflection images will highlight the need for waterproof shoes.

Feature Image Details

Here is a vertical shot from the same location.

Another Horizontal Image 

Additional Details

These images are all from the West canyon wall near the canyon entrance.

All of the images were taken with my newest lens addition, the Canon 11-24MM F4L Lens.

The third image was taken on a cloudy day. The first two were on a sunny day. There was no light on the canyon wall in any case.

I am no more than a few feet from the canyon wall in the feature image.

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.

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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