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Morning Glory



The shoot of an Iconic photo of the Mesa Arch during the sunrise for my personal portfolio has been a big challenge to me. The photo was in my mind since my dep...
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The shoot of an Iconic photo of the Mesa Arch during the sunrise for my personal portfolio has been a big challenge to me. The photo was in my mind since my departure from Italy. Such day I was worried, nervous, thrilled and deadly late. After an early morning 60km reckless car drive, and a final rush on stones, sand, and plants, running, with my whole gear on my back, I've found the spot completely overcrowded, I had to sit down between two other kind photographers and shoot freehand because there wasn't place for my tripod. Failure wasn't an option. Hope I've got my picture.
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Awards

Contest Finalist in Composing With Arches Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Finding Arches In Nature Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Unique Landscapes Photo Contest
Runner Up in HDR Landscapes Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Canyons And Red Rocks Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in HDR Landscapes Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 2
Contest Finalist in Arches In Nature Photo Contest
People's Choice in Secret Canyons Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Secret Canyons Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Windows In Nature Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Covers Photo Contest Vol 25
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Peer Award
Superb Composition
Absolute Masterpiece
Top Choice
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Outstanding Creativity
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Magnificent Capture
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All Star
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Superior Skill
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Genius
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Top ClassTM

Around The World Photo Contest Digital Camera WorldTop 10 class
The First Light Photo ContestTop 10 class
Finding Arches In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Finding Arches In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Our National Parks Photo ContestTop 10 class
Our National Parks Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Sweeping Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class
Sweeping Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 1Top 30 class week 2
Sweeping Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 1Top 20 class
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 1Top 10 class week 2
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 1Top 10 class week 1
A World Of Brown Photo ContestTop 20 class
A World Of Brown Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Desert Vistas Photo ContestTop 10 class
Desert Vistas Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Unique Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class
Unique Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Canyons And Red Rocks Photo ContestTop 10 class
Canyons And Red Rocks Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
HDR Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class
HDR Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Around the World Photo ContestTop 10 class
Discover America Photo ContestTop 10 class
Around the World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Discover America Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Discover America Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class
Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class week 1
Exploring The Wilderness Photo ContestTop 10 class
Exploring The Wilderness Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Arches In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Arches In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Resource Travel Inspiration Photo Contest vol2Top 10 class
Resource Travel Inspiration Photo Contest vol2Top 10 class week 1
Alluring Landscapes Photo ContestTop 30 class
Secret Canyons Photo ContestTop 10 class
Secret Canyons Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Sunny Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class
Covers Photo Contest Vol 26Top 10 class
Covers Photo Contest Vol 26Top 20 class week 1
Sunny Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 10 class
Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 10 class week 3
Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 20 class week 2
Windows In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Windows In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Covers Photo Contest Vol 25Top 10 class
Covers Photo Contest Vol 25Top 10 class week 1
Landscapes 101 Photo ContestTop 10 class
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 class
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 class week 1
Landscapes 101 Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Sunrises vs Sunsets Photo ContestTop 10 class
Sunrises vs Sunsets Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1

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10 Comments | Report
elwira_1158
 
elwira_1158 January 02, 2016
Breathtaking :)
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RiccardoMantero February 21, 2016
Thanks a lot!
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 February 01, 2016
Well, you certainly got the shot, and perfectly!
RiccardoMantero PRO+
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2016
TY!
paulinesimmonds
 
paulinesimmonds February 17, 2016
Just Breath taking Photography!!
RiccardoMantero PRO+
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2016
Thanks! Much appreciated!
nandicmb
 
nandicmb February 23, 2016
Congratulations on all your Awards!
rchrd25
 
rchrd25 May 07, 2016
Beautiful...you nailed it!
LoriBea PRO+
 
LoriBea May 08, 2016
Well done! When your'e really late you catch the sparkle off the top of the arch
smallsmac
 
smallsmac June 24, 2016
Hey Ricaardo,
What camera do you use?
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi July 01, 2016
congrats on all of your awards
Adam_Pritchard75
 
Adam_Pritchard75 April 06, 2018
Gorgeous shot!
brianebolton
 
brianebolton August 16, 2018
Wow!

Behind The Lens

Location
At Mesa Arch, on Island in the Sky, close to Moab in Utah.
Time
Was during the sunrise, the photo was in my mind since my departure from Italy. Such day I was worried, nervous, thrilled and deadly late. After an early morning 60km reckless car drive from Moab UT, and a final rush on stones, sand, and plants, running, with my whole gear on my back, I've found the spot completely overcrowded, I had to sit down between two other kind photographers and shoot freehand because there wasn't place for my tripod. Failure wasn't an option. Hope I've got my picture.
Lighting
Yes, if you want to do the same shot, don't rush to get the sun in the exact moment that it rises. Tthe best photos are made some time afer the dawn behind the mountains. Even 15 minutes after are enough.
Equipment
For this one I've used my Nikon D810 equipped with a Nikkor 16-35 f/4 and a B+W Kasemann polarizing filter 77mm. I had to shoot freehand in manual mode, without tripod due to the crowd which gathers almost every morning in the place.
Inspiration
I absolutely love the American South West, I love the colors, I love the sand, I love the sky, but what I love the most are its unique and iconic places. In my personal portfolio I can't absolutely miss any of those majestic places, and this year I done a good collection of them. But I know, soon i will get back.
Editing
Yes, the photo is the result of a multiple exposure HDR, made of 5 shots, the final image has been fine tuned with Adobe Lightroom.
In my camera bag
two Nikon, a D800 and a D810, full range lenses from 15mm Sigma fisheye to Nikkor 70-200 f/4, passing through 16-35 f/4, 24-70 f/2.8 a couple of polarizing and ND filters, a Manfrotto 190CxPro4 tripod and a lot of cleaning clothes. Ah yes! A remote.
Feedback
Learn well the place, the spot, the time of the day. Use an app for iPhone like TPE to learn where the sun rises or its position when you want to shoot. Take care of the weather condition and don't forget that the most famous places are often overcrowded. So be prepared to fight for your place.

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