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Lee’s Ferry, Arizona Photography Hot Spot Location

Lee's Ferry Az photography Magazine Extra Pam Goodyer
Lee's Ferry Az photography Magazine Extra Pam Goodyer
Lee's Ferry Az photography Magazine Extra Pam Goodyer

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Lee’s Ferry Arizona, Photography Hot Spot Location

Lee’s Ferry is situated on the Colorado River in Coconino County, Arizona, just south of the Utah/Arizona border. Lee’s Ferry is the only place, within 100 miles, where one can easily access the Colorado River from both sides. This historical site on the Colorado River served as an important river crossing; starting in the mid-1800s, this location was the site of a ferry operated by John Doyle Lee, for whom Lee’s Ferry is named. Today Lees Ferry is a well-known fishing and boat launching point, particularly for whitewater rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. Lees Ferry is considered the official beginning of Grand Canyon National Park on the Colorado River.

We discovered this location personally on a journey in December of 2011 before Nat Geo had a similar shot as above, in their magazine. We had come home from this trip, and we were going to send our pictures into them to be published. We got them all ready and guess what came in the mail. It was their February edition. We pulled it out of the mailbox and read the cover. It said, Lee’s Ferry Little Known Undiscovered Wonder.  I personally screamed at the top of my lungs for all the neighborhood to hear, “I DISCOVERED THIS PLACE!”  So I really did discover it. And guess what?? Our picture on top of this page is better than theirs. 🙂

Anywho, This place is amazing. We found it one day after leaving the Lake Powell area on our usual daily explorations during one of our many journies. We always just let the universe guide us but we do ask humans for guidance on occasion. We stopped in by the dam and spoke to a park ranger after getting our yearly National Park Passes there. She suggested a drive out to this spot. Little did I know how good of a photography location it would be. We saw a hotel on the hill when we arrived at the Navajo Bridge.  We thought it would be expensive since we were in photographers paradise. It turned out it was only $32.00 a night.

At dinner there, we sat next to a group of backpackers who were going through the area. It was December, so there was barely a soul there.  They had to open the restaurant for dinner and heat up the grill because they had people.

You have to be careful out there alone since there is no one around. We told the park rangers what we were driving because out there at that time of year, there is no on to hear your scream!  “There’s my car. If I am not in it after sundown, come and get me.” I told the park ranger with a smile on my face and off we all went on our journey. You can see some of the images on this page.

Photography Information

Lens: Generally, this is a wide angle lens location

Gear: Bring your tripod and your circular polarizing filters. The circular polarizing filter will make your puffy white clouds burst and deepen the blue around them. It will also take the glare off of the water and replace it with reflection. Bring your tripod in case there is not a lot of light to work with to get your depth of field when desired. Don’t forget your neutral density filter to do long exposure shots of the moving water.

Gear List at a glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filter, tripod, shutter release.

Camera Settings

Aperture Priority – It is used to get your depth of field (control how much is in focus from your subject back). If your shutter speed drops to 1/30th of a second, it is because you lack light and you will need to put your camera on a tripod to avoid blurry pictures. Anything handheld below 1/30th of a second will be blurry. The higher the “f” in number, the less light that will into the camera and your shutter speed will drop to let more light in. When your “f” number goes up, your aperture closes. At f-22 you are barely letting any light in.  Always watch your shutter speed.  When taking your shot look at the bottom of the screen through the viewfinder and check your shutter speed. Do not to let your shutter speed go too low when hand holding.  Sometimes you cannot get a super high f stop because you do not have enough light. This will happen quite often at times such as sunset. Again, put your camera on a tripod and now your photos will not blur except for any subject that is moving in the image.

You might want the opposite effect. That is when your subject is in complete focus, and the background is totally blurred called the bokeh effect. You will use your lowest F-number such as 2.8, or 3.5. Go as small as your particular lens will allow.  Shooting in Aperture Priority allows you to control this.

Shutter Priority – If you have moving subjects such as the birds flying or boats moving you will want to shoot in shutter priority to be sure they come out clear. When boats are slowly going by, shoot at 1/250th of a second and adjust your ISO accordingly. If they are moving very fast increase your shutter speed to about 1/500th of a second. If it’s a bright sunny day go as high as 1/1000th to 1/1200th of a second to get the birds crystal clear as they fly by.

Manual Mode – You have moving waters here. You can do your long exposure running, milky water shots like our picture above.  You will have to use a tripod for this effect.  All of your settings will vary depending on the lighting and what neutral density filter you have. You will shoot in manual mode for the milky waters. ISO is always 100 or as low as your camera will allow. Aperture is f22. Your shutter speed will vary depending on the light. Take some test shots to decide on your shutter speed after you put your neutral density filter on. (It’s like sunglasses for your camera to stop light from coming in). Use your live view mode to focus to lock the mirror up and avoid any camera movement. Use your shutter release or your 2-second timer to also prevent camera movement. Voila. You now have your milky water exposure. You will want at least a 2-second exposure for water. If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you may not get more than 1/15th of a second in the sun. That does not give you a good effect. Go to our store to buy your ND filter. I have a 3.0 for super long exposure in the sunshine.

Read more on our Photography Techniques Page.  You can go to our waterfall photography section to learn how to shoot any moving waters.  You can also go to our Basic Photography section if you need a more detailed explanation of shutter speed or aperture priority modes.

If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you can buy one here. We highly suggest you do not go anywhere without one. It makes all the difference between lifeless images and outstanding, dynamic images.

Read more on our Photography Techniques Page

If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you can buy one here.

 

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Park and Area Information:

Entrance Fee: Weekly Passes, Annual Permits and Boating fees.

1-7 Day Vehicle Pass – $15

Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers.

1-7 Day Individual Permit – $7 per person

Admits one individual when entering on foot, or bicycle. Not to exceed $15 vehicle fee. Individuals 15 years of age and younger are admitted free.

Individual Permit (organized non-profit groups) – $7 per person

ONLY applies to organized non-profit groups (service organizations, scouts, religious groups, college/school groups not qualifying for a fee waiver). Individuals under the age of 16 are admitted free.

Glen Canyon NRA Annual Pass – $30

Allows unlimited entry to Glen Canyon for 12 months from date of purchase.

Interagency Passes

America the Beautiful Annual Pass 2015

America the Beautiful-National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – $80

Provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. Pass is valid for one year from date of purchase. Pass admits the passholder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vechicle fee areas, and passholder + 3 adults, at per person areas (children under 16 are admitted free).

America the Beautiful Military Pass 2015

America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Military Pass – FREE

The Annual Pass for Military is a free pass for all active military personnel and their dependents. In order to qualify for the Annual Pass, the military member must present the following: A Department of Defense ID (CAC card) that verifies that the person is an active member of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. For a dependent family member to qualify for the pass he/she must present the following: A Department of Defense ID (DD Form 1173) that identifies the dependent and his/her sponsor.

Provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. Pass is valid for one year from date of aquiring pass. Pass admits the passholder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vechicle fee areas, and passholder + 3 adults, at per person areas (children under 16 are admitted free).

America the Beautiful Senior Pass

America the Beautiful-National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass-Senior Pass – $10

A lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 and over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity fee. The pass admits the passholder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and passholder + 3 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). Proof of age and residency is required. Pass must be obtained in person.

America the Beautiful Access pass

America the Beautiful-National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass – Access Pass – FREE

A lifetime pass issued to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a permanent disability. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity fee. The pass admits the passholder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and passholder + 3 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). Pass must be obtained in person.

America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass 2015

America the Beautiful- National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass – Volunteer Pass – Free

This pass is for volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis. It provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity fee. Pass is valid for one year from date of award. The pass admits the passholder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and passholder + 3, at per person fee areas. Contact the VIP coordinator at 928-608-6200 to learn about volunteer opportunites.

Recreation information for all Federal agencies can be found at: www.recreation.gov

*All National Park Passes, Golden Eagle, Golden Eagle Hologram, Golden Access and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.

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Lee's Ferry Az photography Magazine Extra Pam Goodyer

Hotel Information:

Lee’s Ferry Lodge –  $80.00/125.00Night – 541.5 Hwy 89A – Marble Canyon, AZ – (928) 355-2231
This rustic lodge in a stone-and-timber building is a 4-minute drive from Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center’s craft vendors and pedestrian bridge. There are 10 basic rooms and suites that sleep up to seven (7), and are casually decorated with each having their own unique theme. Each room opens onto a veranda with seating, and includes individual heat and air-conditioning controls. We stayed here and it was a country cowboy type theme in our room.

Lees Ferry Lodge at Vermilion Cliffs provides quiet and comfortable lodging for travelers in scenic northern Arizona.

The restaurant is open all day with service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The accommodations are the perfect getaway for those traveling to Marble Canyon, the North Rim of Grand Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Lake Powell, the Colorado River and many other beautiful and exciting places in the Southwest.

Cliff Dwellers Lodge – $110.00/Night – Mile Post 541.5 N Highway 89A -Marble Canyon, AZ – (928) 355-2261

Before ‘Cliff Dwellers’ was a vacation destination, travelers came because it was the only place where the Colorado could be crossed for hundreds of miles on either side. This was no exception for Blanche and Bill Russell, the original homesteaders at Cliff Dwellers. They established a small trading post here in 1920 after crossing the Colorado, and their original home still stands at the end of the property.

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 Restaurants:

Restaurants -Liz’s Pics – This particular area does not seem to offer restaurants that ‘specifically’ cater to organic or vegan faire, but there are restaurants that are willing to accommodate the ‘more’ healthier palate!

BUT LIZ DID NOT TELL US ABOUT THEM SO WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK.

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 Camping:

Camping:Information for developed campgrounds, beach camping, primitive and reservation campgrounds.

Lees Ferry Campground

· $12 per night / per site

· 55 developed sites – no hookups

Stanton Creek, Hite, Farley Canyon, and Dirty Devil

· $6 Per night/ per person – not to exceed $12 per vehicle

· Primitive Camping

Lone Rock Beach

· $10 per night / per vehicle

· Beach Camping Area

Glen Canyon NRA Backcountry (Including Lake Powell Shoreline)

· No camping fee is required

· Primitive Camping

Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days, 30 days maximum per season. No camping is permitted at Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

Camping is not subject to fee waivers. A 50% discount applies to holders of the Senior or Access Pass. Holder of the pass must occupy the discounted site. Separate entrance fees apply at Lone Rock, Lees Ferry,and Stanton Creek areas.

Note: Additional developed campgrounds, operated by Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas, are available at Wahweap, Bullfrog, and Halls Crossing. For details and rates call 1-800-528-6154.

Backcountry use in the Orange Cliffs unit of Glen Canyon requires a backcountry permit from Canyonlands National Park

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 Area Weather:

Lee’s Ferry weather can be found here.

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