The stark tonalities of Entrada sandstone on a late-afternoon cloudless Southern Utah day make the decision to create a black-and-white conversion of the hoodoo population of Goblin Valley and the ever-watchful peaks of the Henry Mountains to the southwest both interesting and straightforward.
The last mountain range to be added to the map of the lower forty-eight drains its waters into rivers with names like Fremont, Dirty Devil and Colorado (now in the form of Lake Powell), speaking thus to history of western exploration.
A focal length of 150mm. right in the middle of medium telephotoland, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted and some compression to bring the mountains nearer to the goblins for relational reassons. An aperture of f/22 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/5th second at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.
The igneous intrusions that led to the Henry Mountains formed some 23 to 31 million years before the present; and while Goblin Valley is a Utah State Park, the Henrys are administered by the Bureu of Land Management. As public land owners, our voices rightfully help determine the disposition of these amazing lands if we speak up for them.