Morning Glory

Sunrise in Canyon Lands

Sunrise in Canyon Lands
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11 Comments | Report
JDLifeshots May 03, 2013
Awesome capture! Awarded.
fotogalmexican Platinum
fotogalmexican May 03, 2013
michaelamercerrosenthal June 07, 2013
This is just amazing.
lisakeys June 08, 2013
loricripemclain June 08, 2013
This is an amazingly beautiful shot....takes you right to that glorius morning !
photosue50 June 08, 2013
veronicacallaghan June 08, 2013
What a beautiful shot!
debbiekarnerreid June 08, 2013
Wow, just beautiful!!
hazmat1212 June 08, 2013
stunning ... colors, perspective! wow.
BakingBrenda June 08, 2013
Great Picture!! Looks like a Beautiful Landscaped work of Art Painting :-)
mmarriuss August 14, 2013
Fantastic picture and a great light!
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Behind The Lens

I captured this photo near Moab, Utah. I ventured out early morning well before sunrise to Meas Arch in Canyonlands National Park. I had spent 2 days prior to capturing this photo in Arches National Park. I would highly recommend visiting this wonderful National Park to everyone if you are in the area.
My wife and I were camping outside of Moad, Utah with my wife's nephew and his wife. They are exceptional rock climbers. We were up very early this morning so we could get to our location well before sunrise. It was still dark when we arrived at Mesa Arch (5:00 a.m.) with just a short walk to the arch. Once we arrived at the arch there was one other gentleman there. He was set up to do some light painting of the arch which I had never done. I got a few shots that were pretty interesting, and then the sun began to rise. I set up my tripod where I wanted to be and took sever test shots before I captured this one. We thought that we were very fortunate that day. We had a spectacular sunrise, and very few people were at the arch.
Since I am a self taught photographer I have learned from the school of hard knocks, and a lot of bad photographs. Lighting is what photography is all about, and I find very difficult is some instances to get it right. I snapped off several shots, most were bracketed and I was still blowing out some of the scene. I then added a 2 Cokin P 120 graduated neutral density filters to capture this photo. I read a lot of articles in photography magazines to broaden my knowledge of photography. I would recommend to everyone to have a polarizing filter and graduated neutral density filters in their list of camera gear along with knowing when and how to use them.
The equipment that I used the day of this shoot was a Canon 60D, Tamron 10-24 wide angle lens, Cokin P 120 neutral density filters, Manfroto tripod, shutter release cable. Shot in manual mode.
Mesa Arch is an ionic piece of Mother Nature. It is one of the most sought after photo opportunities there are, and I was lucky enough to be there when it was not crowded with people maneuvering about for just the right angle. I enjoy the outdoors as beauty is all around us. Seeing this arch photographed by many professional photographers I wanted to go there and witness the grandness of this arch at sunrise. Mother Nature is my inspiration.To photograph what she has given us and to share those moments with all to see.
The photograph is an HDR image composed of 3 bracketed photo's. The camera settings are as follows: shooting in manual mode, aperture setting for all three bracketed shots f 11, focal length 10mm, time exposure 1/100 second, 1/200 second, and 1/50 second. The 3 photographs were exported out of Aperture 3 into Nix EFEX Pro 2 HDR using the balanced preset. I increased the contrast a bit, sharpened the image and a slight amount of noise correction for the final image.
In my camera bag
My equipment is pretty basic. I am not a professional photographer and really can't afford full frame camera bodies with thousand dollar lenses. The technology available today you can produce great photographs with crop sensor cameras and quality lenses that don't break the bank. I carry 2 camera bodies, a Canon 60D, Canon 7D. Lenses that I usually have in my pack consist of Tamron"s 10-24mm ultra wide angle lens, Canon 17-55mm IS 2.8, Tamron 75-300mm lens, and a Canon 100mm macro lens. I have a variety of graduated neutral density filters, a polarizing filter, extra batteries, shutter release cable, numerous SD cards. I never know what the weather is going to be like so I also carry protective rain cover for the camera equipment. Not in my bag, but I always have with me a lightweight, but sturdy tripod.
Being prepared is half the battle. Have the right equipment before you venture out to your shoot. Put great thought into the shoot, or the area and time you are going to be there. Inquire by internet search, or friends that have been to where you are going to photograph. Know your camera and how all functions work. I have been to locations where people have come up to me and ask how to work their cameras. If you can afford it always have extra gear, you never know when the unexpected is going to happen. If other photographers are near, and you are unsure on a setting don't be afraid to ask, usually a fellow photographer is willing to help out if time allows. If you are going to be shooting sunrise photo's in a distant location and you want to make sure you capture the shot, practice with camera settings in a location near your home at sunrise, take note of the settings of what worked and what didn't. Bracket your photographs and take a lot of them. Happy Shooting

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