Waterpocket Fold

Ron Niebrugge Photos, Travel, Utah 10 Comments

Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

My biggest motivation for doing an aerial photography session was to photograph the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef. This 100 mile long fold in the earth is fascinating; but from the ground, it is really hard to appreciate the magnitude of this feature, and even harder to capture it in a photograph.

I can’t adequately explain how it was formed. If you want to learn more, I recommend taking a gander at the Park Service site on the formation of the Waterpocket Fold.

Here are many more photos of Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

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  1. That is incredible Ron. Great composition too. So when you do an aerial photography shoot do you tell the pilot where to fly so you can get your compositions or how does it work?

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    Hi Richard,


    Yeah that is the advantages of chartering a plane. Plus you can take the door off, or have the window open.

    At this spot for example, our first pass over was at a much lower altitude and I didn’t think it did the fold justice. So I asked him to circle back at a higher altitude. The pilots like these kinds of flights because they get to explore and kick around ideas instead of just following the canned tour route they do day after day.

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  5. It was fun to match up your aerial photo with the picture I took of the model at the visitor center. Your photo covers the surrounding area and helps the model make more sense. Thanks!

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