by Jeff Mitchum @JeffMitchumGalleries

September 25, 2015

Behind the Lens: "Pool of Heaven"

by Jeff Mitchum

Camera: Fuji GX617
Lens: 90 mm
Aperture: F45
Exposure: 2 minutes
Film: Fuji Velvia, ISO 100
Location: Zion National Park, Utah

To reach this grand entrance to a one-of-a-kind place, one must undertake a merciless hike with many twists and boulders to overcome. It’s part orienteering and part play. I can imagine bringing my kids to this place and never getting anywhere, as they would want to stop at every pool along the way.


The composition was chosen for the fall colors at the top and the blue Zen at the bottom. When shooting a location such as this, it’s easy to keep looking left and right instead of up. Sometimes the best images come from the lines leading away from the main stream.