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Dead Horse Point



Sunrise at Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, UT.

The day that I left for a 2 week photography expedition with some friends the National Parks...
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Sunrise at Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, UT.

The day that I left for a 2 week photography expedition with some friends the National Parks system was closed. This greatly altered our travel plans. Rather than lament the bad luck we decided to find other places to photograph.
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23 Comments | Report
marystory2005
 
marystory2005 June 19, 2014
Way to go. I bet you were happy to come across this!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 July 19, 2014
Amazing shot.. Congrats! ")
louisloizidesmitsu
 
louisloizidesmitsu July 19, 2014
Congrats!!!
catini
 
catini July 19, 2014
Beautiful, congrats on your feature!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta July 19, 2014
Wonderful shot. Congratulations on being Featured.
iceman2
 
iceman2 July 19, 2014
Beautiful shot.Congrats!
kcphotography
 
kcphotography July 19, 2014
Sweet, What a great capture
Rl1956
 
Rl1956 July 19, 2014
breathtaking, congrats on being featured
akohtz
 
akohtz July 19, 2014
Great dynamic range. I like how the clouds are mirroring the variability in the ravine. Congratulations on being featured!
SusiStroud PRO+
 
SusiStroud July 19, 2014
Fantastic capture. Congratulations on your feature.
photobug
 
photobug July 19, 2014
Colorado red
brentmorris PRO+
 
brentmorris July 20, 2014
Wonderful panorama
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi July 22, 2014
wonderful !
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 August 02, 2014
Beautiful picture. I love the colors in thid.
michaeltillman PRO+
 
michaeltillman August 03, 2014
As you can see, some-time it pay to go off the beaten path. I think God ( The Universe) gave you a better choice from which to chose from. The colors are splendid! Congratulations on your Feature!
CherylG
 
CherylG August 15, 2014
Gorgeous!!
ronaldpeasley
 
ronaldpeasley December 12, 2014
NOW THERE"S A VIEW OF THE RIVER FLOWING AROUND, AND AROUND>>>
JoseV
 
JoseV January 08, 2015
Nice capture.
DaleFPoll PRO+
 
DaleFPoll February 01, 2015
I've been here many times, but never saw it photographed like this.
RMSano Premium
 
RMSano June 01, 2015
Nice shot!
carolmaurerlyon PRO
 
carolmaurerlyon June 06, 2015
Yea! Live Oak photo club! Mike, this is just one of your great shots. Congratulations!
huntertenbroeck
 
huntertenbroeck August 11, 2015
Gorgeous !
Adam_Pritchard75
 
Adam_Pritchard75 August 23, 2016
Wow great shot!

Behind The Lens

Location
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
Time
I arrived before sunrise, set up my tripod, and waited for what daybreak would bring.
Lighting
Thanks to some nice high level clouds and a gorgeous sunrise there were no lighting issues.
Equipment
Canon EOS-1Dx, Zeiss Distagon t* 21mm f/2.8, Gitzo tripod, Really Right Stuff ball head and camera bracket
Inspiration
The National Park system shut down on the day that I began a 2 week photography tour through the Four Corners region that included a 3 day workshop in Mesa Verde National Park. My plans changed from leisurely travel to a frantic scramble to find places to photograph for 2 weeks. All in all the trip was very enjoyable. I saw and photographed locations that were not on my radar until that trip
Editing
I used minimal processing. Lighting really was the key to this image
In my camera bag
I have a lot of equipment. 3 digital cameras, (3) 4x5 field film cameras (1) 5x7 film camera. (1) Hasslblad film camera and my old Canon EOS1n 35mm film camera. I use all of them on a regular basis. Lenses vary from a 600 f4 to a 15mm Zeiss Distagon. My favorite lens and one that is always attached to a camera, is my 70-200 f2.8L IS Canon lens. A couple of my other favorite lenses are made by Rokinon. They are cheap, tack sharp, and full manual. I have their 35mm, 24mm, and 14mm lenses. The are wonderful lenses for night work, especially time lapse. I carry (4) speed lights, Pocket Wizard triggers, brackets, low tripods, a couple of Gitzo's. My camera bag is my old Toyota Landcruiser. Carrying so my stuff makes unloading and loading at motel rooms interesting.
Feedback
There are two things that I think make this image work. Location: I specifically picked the location because it had a strong foreground element (the pink-ish white slab of rock on the left). My friend and mentor Professor Gene Balzer routinely says to find a location with a good foreground element. Lighting: I can't claim responsibility for the lighting but I can claim being there at the right time. A good bit of that was luck however, had I arrived late, I would have missed the light and therefore missed the shot. The old saying "f11 and be there" still applies (I've seen the saying quoted f8, f11, and f64).

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