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16 Comments | Report
debcoimages PRO+
 
debcoimages February 17, 2014
I love this place! This is a great perspective Duffy
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DuffyDoherty September 30, 2014
Thank you. It is one of the special places...!
huch5150
 
huch5150 March 28, 2014
Love!
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DuffyDoherty September 30, 2014
Yay! :)))
brentmorris
 
brentmorris March 28, 2014
One of my favorite places well captured
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DuffyDoherty September 30, 2014
Thank you Brent. I was floored the first time I went. The second time I was merely speechless! :)
EyesofDavid
 
EyesofDavid March 29, 2014
at a loss for words but WOW!
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DuffyDoherty September 30, 2014
Thank you David!
cottonketchie
 
cottonketchie March 30, 2014
I made a picture of the very same thing. Nice job!!
LindaT
 
LindaT March 31, 2014
awesome! congratulations! Fantastic image.
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DuffyDoherty September 30, 2014
Thank you Linda. I appreciate your kind words...
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography May 29, 2014
great!
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DuffyDoherty September 30, 2014
Thank you!
Timbo
 
Timbo June 29, 2014
just an outstanding capture.... awarded.
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DuffyDoherty September 30, 2014
Thank you! I'm touched...
melsteinberg
 
melsteinberg August 02, 2014
very nice
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DuffyDoherty September 30, 2014
Thank you Mel!
alebalboa
 
alebalboa October 30, 2014
WOOOOOW!!!! I felt like grabbing the motorcycle and go there... Great shot!
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DuffyDoherty October 30, 2014
Thanks you! Let's ride together! :))
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle February 16, 2015
Beautiful shot!
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DuffyDoherty February 18, 2015
Thank you Kathy!
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
texaaronpueschel November 24, 2015
This fine image captures well my love of the Southwest.
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DuffyDoherty November 25, 2015
Thank you Tex. We're on the same page!
UnkleFrank
 
UnkleFrank December 01, 2015
Congratulations on your awards for this excellently composed image. Way to go my friend!!!!
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DuffyDoherty December 01, 2015
Thank you so much Frank. I think I got lucky with the sky on this one! :))
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita December 14, 2015
yay...congrats on your Contest Finalist Award. Fabulous capture
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DuffyDoherty December 15, 2015
Thank you Sonja. I haven't actually been informed of it! 8-/
bpoimbeauf PRO+
 
bpoimbeauf December 28, 2019
Congratulations on winning the Road Photo Challenge.
donanzinger PRO
 
donanzinger October 11, 2020
Duffy, coming across this must have been a Wow MOMENT for you. This image is amazing - flawless in every aspect. The road pulls the viewer's eye right into this incredible landscape. Lighting, texture, composition - PERFECT! Wish I had taken that.

Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken in Arches National Park. The road is the main park entrance road, just west of "Park Avenue." The main sandstone formation on the right is called "The Organ," with "The Tower of Babel" beyond it in the distance. Off to the left are "The Three Gossips."
Time
I shot this at approximately 7:30 AM. The morning was clear and fresh, sparkling really!
Lighting
Very often the sky in the desert Southwest is electric blue and cloudless. This is amazing to see and feel in person, but doesn't add much to a photographic image. On this day however I was exceedingly fortunate. The sky was filled with white wisps of clouds, spread out evenly in all directions!
Equipment
I took this handheld with my Nikon D7000. The lens was a Nikon 18-200mm VR, pretty wide open. The light was bright and clear, so I was able to shoot at base ISO (100) and maintain a shutter speed of 100.
Inspiration
I grew up on the East coast. The red rock country of the desert Southwest might as well be on a different planet! Arches National Park is one of the most spectacular examples of this landscape. You can literally turn in circles and be facing a mind-blowing vista!
Editing
I shoot in RAW, and did my usual developing of an image; lens correction, slight sharpening etc. I added a -15 vignette in ACR and a touch of saturation. The contrast and exposure seemed fine as is.
In my camera bag
Today, on a shoot like this I would carry my D810 and my D600 bodies, with my Nikon 16-35mm F/4 VR, Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8G, Nikon 70-200mm F/4 VR, Sigma Art 50mm F/1.4 and probably Nikon 105mm F/2.8 Micro. I also carry two Nikon SB-700s and a Black Rapid double strap. I know this sounds like a lot of weight, but I don't want to forever wish I had brought the gear I wanted to capture a shot...
Feedback
My advice to any photographer (not that my opinion matters!) is to sit on your living room couch and shoot 500-1000 shots of whatever in in the room with you, TV, stereo knobs, nick-nacks with and without flash until you can master your camera settings and get the shot you desire every time. The go out to your deck/porch, yard and do the same thing. Practice all your settings for DOF and fill flash using TTL and manual flash. Get to know your gear! Secondly take a camera with you everywhere, and take lots and lots of bad shots. I believe the more you do these two things, the better and better your photography will get...

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