Arizona Highways January 2024 Cover Photo
I have exciting news to share! My photo Magic at Mohave is on the cover of the January 2024 issue of Arizona Highways Magazine! In addition to the cover, I have seven more photographs in this issue, including a 2-page spread and several full-page images.
The Making of the Photograph
I made this photograph from Mohave Point on the park's South Rim as a winter storm cleared in the distance. Sunlight had just begun to break through a gap in the clouds, and snow falling from the storm was illuminated, spreading a soft glow throughout the canyon. The Colorado River can be seen far below, reflecting the warm light from the storm above.
I was the only person at Mohave Point when I captured this moment. The air was cold, and the wind had been fiercely blowing throughout the afternoon, but it had slowly subsided as sunset approached. It was so quiet that I could hear the faint roar of Hermit Rapid at river mile 95, over 3 miles away.
This photograph was made with a Fujifilm GFX 100S medium format camera and a GF 20-35mm f/4 lens mounted on an Arca-Swiss C1 Cube head and Really Right Stuff TVC-34 tripod with ice spikes. I also used a 2-stop soft-edge graduated neutral density filter to balance the bright values in the sky with the darker values in the canyon. I used a manual exposure with exposure values of 1/80 of a second, f/11, at ISO 100.
Many people appreciate Arizona Highways for the quality of the photography that they publish. The magazine has published the work of some of the greatest photographers to have captured the landscape of Arizona and the American Southwest, including David Muench, Gary Ladd, and Jack Dykinga. It's an honor to have my work in the magazine and grace the cover. I appreciate the team at the magazine, especially the Photo Editor, Jeff Kida, and the Creative Director, Keith Whitney, for seeing something in my work.