Southern Utah ©dieterspears

Southern Utah ©dieterspears

I had been reading in the iStock forums about how great of an experience member RichVintage puts on at his ‘lypses. I got lucky and ended up on the Red Rock 4 attendee list. So, Donna (my wife) and I took off for a week to visit beautiful Utah.

I was really looking forward to this trip, I’ve been talking to some of these members online for a few years and there were so many names that I was ready to put a face with. As with any announcement of a new lypse the list fills up quickly, and this one being an annual event, the list is big and fills up really quickly. For those of you thinking about going to an event, don’t let this get you down, when it comes down to actually paying for and being able to do the dates, a lot of members drop off and the waiting line gets moved up quickly. It never hurts to let the organizer know that you can pay right now! So, I got on the waiting list and like I said the closer the event came the more members dropped off. I got lucky and made the first timers list, woo hoo out west here I come!

Not having been out west as an adult, I planned to make this a week long event instead of just a few days. So, Donna, my wife, and I flew into Salt Lake City. There we spent a day seeing the great sights the city had to offer. We toured the Mormon campus and learned about their heritage. We drove the mountains and saw Big Bear, Sundance and some other sites. We then drove down to Moab and spent a few

Red Cliff Lodge ©dieterspears

Red Cliff Lodge ©dieterspears

days checking out Arches National Park, Canyonlands, and some other great and wonderful sites. We stayed at the Red Cliffs Lodge, nestled in the canyon right on the Colorado River, just fantastic! We worked our way back up to Provo to meet up with the RR4 event. Member RichVintage, did it up right, we shot out at the Bonneville Salt Flats, a pizza parlor, and an old farm. This trip was structured like a standard Lypse put on by iStock. We had teams, a Team Leader and a set time to shoot. It was more fast paced than what I’m used to shooting with my chapped lypse group.

From this trip I put faces with the names of some friends, and made some great new friends. It was a good challenge and out of RR4 I got a few images that would help get me noticed in the iStockphoto world, so I am so thankful that  I went! The picture “Sign Of Life” was my first Vetta image and it made it onto the iStockphoto.com home page, dude where’s the gloves!

Here is a link to the iStock Lightbox for all of the images shot that weekend.

Dieter Spears is a Nashville Photographer, He shoots Royalty-Free Stock images for iStockphoto.com and Getty Images. He is an iStockphoto Inspector.

Sign of Life ©dieterspears

Sign of Life ©dieterspears

Witch Casting A Spell ©dieterspears

Witch Casting A Spell ©dieterspears

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