A Lake Powell Holga vacation – complete with video

Totally off the topic of ghost towns but I spent the weekend at Lake Powell and couldn’t resist seeing what I could do with the Holga lens on my Canon 5DMkIII…

Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

There are a few historical spots on the lake that would be an interesting add to my ghost town project, there are steps that were carved into the canyon walls by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Navajo Canyon,  and there are other spots in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area that have historical significance, like the traces of the uranium mining that took place in the area, or the old sunken steamboat that can be found in the Lee’s Ferry section of the park.

Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. If you look closely you can see the smokestacks from the Navajo Generating Station, a coal fired power plant just a few miles away from the lake.

Unfortunately , I wasn’t anywhere near those spots on this trip. I was just a few miles away from the Crossing of the Fathers, the spot where Fathers Dominguez and Escalante crossed the Colorado River in 1776 but that spot is now under a few hundred feet of water so it’s a little hard to photograph…

Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

So I focused on taking some photos of the beautiful scenery at Lake Powell and came away pretty happy with what I got. I’m not sure where it fits in this project, or maybe it’s a whole different project. I think probably the latter since I much prefer these images in color.

Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Gunsight Canyon on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

I also took a stab at recording some video through the Holga lens. It makes for a different look. Not sure what I’ll do with this yet but it might be an interesting artistic choice I’ll make on some future project somewhere. I can say that I will need to remember to bring a tripod with me the next time I try and shoot Holga video.