Posted in: Nature on February 28, 2012.
The Lodge at Red River Ranch is a photographer’s paradise — blue skies, a meandering river, and giant cottonwoods. Our backdrop is the rugged, red cliffs of Velvet Ridge. In the foreground, bison roaming in green fields.
There are over 2,000 acres of photo opportunities just waiting for you and your camera. You can wander to your heart’s content, and if 87 million square feet isn’t enough, you can always take a quick drive into Capitol Reef National Park. The Native American petroglyphs, fruit orchards, towering cliffs, and protected wildlife should keep you busy— at least until you fill up your memory card.
But before you head out to conquer every picturesque scene from here to Zion National Park, we have a few tips.
As any expert will tell you, lighting can be the biggest challenge to creating the perfect photograph. Early morning is one of the best times to take landscape images. The sun hitting Velvet Ridge first thing in the morning is definitely worth waking up early for. The light weaves between the crevices and jutting rocks, creating shadows and plenty of contrast. All you have to do is step out of your guestroom and click away.
Sunsets at the Red River Ranch are spectacular too. The whole sky literally becomes a painted canvas. You could also bring along your camera on an evening hike in Capitol Reef National Park on a trail, appropriately named Sunset Point.
We don’t have very many overcast days, but if you’re lucky enough to get one, take pictures of anything and everything, at any time of the day—especially people. This is the best lighting for your next family portrait.
So if you’re a shutterbug at heart, professional or novice, Red River Ranch is the place to visit. You won’t be disappointed.