Many Pools Trail, Zion National Park

Many Pools Trail Zion National Park

The rain this Spring and melting snow from winter made for some spectacular waterfalls in numerous Southern Utah locations this year. I am still editing images but this is another one of my water image favorites.

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This image is from March 16, 2023.

In bright sunshine, 10 seconds is a very long time. I achieved that with a polarizer plus a 6-stop neutral density filter. Each stop doubles or halves the exposure.

For example, if the normal exposure was 1/32 of a second, six stops would be 1/16th, 1/8th second, 1/4th, 1/2, 1 second, 2 seconds.

Normal exposure on this image would have been something close to 1/125 of a second. To get to 10 seconds is at least 8 stops of neutral density.

I also focus stacked this image, focusing once on the foreground and once on the background, blending a couple of the best exposures.

By mid-April most of the water in these pools was gone. They typically only hold water in late Winter or early Spring.

Other Many Pools Images

I used a much faster shutter speed on this image, about 1/20th of a second, with a polarizer. I would have preferred longer, but a moving rainbow looked like a mush of colors.

Be careful with polarizers with rainbows. Rotated the wrong way, a polarizer will eliminate a rainbow.

The apex of a rainbows is 180 degrees from the sun. Thus, the light was at my back. At Many Pools, assuming there is water and most of the time there isn’t, this is a shot at 3:00 PM.

This is an easy hike but uphill on the way in. It’s about a mile each way to the waterfall.


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