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Chilling on the edge.

Chilling on the edge.
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Behind The Lens

Location
My son and I traveled specifically to Arizona to the magnificent horseshoe bend of the Colorado River. It's near Page Arizona.
Time
I timed my arrival to coincide with the setting sun. There are many good spots along the rim, but I tried to position myself so I could take full advantage of the rays of the setting sun and the majestic rock.
Lighting
I tried to center my exposure between the sun the the bottom of the canyon so as not to lose some of the detail of the canyon depth and still get the desired sun glare.
Equipment
I was using a canon 6D with a Rokinon 2.8/14mm mounted on a manfrotto tripod. I was also using a remote shutter to avoid any camera shake.
Inspiration
This particular photo has been on my bucket list for some time. While I did take some without any people in the frame, I really liked the way these individuals added depth and emotion to the scene. Everyone soaking in the grandeur of the moment.
Editing
I only needed to do a small amount of work in lightroom for this shot. I needed to bring back some detail and color in the sky because of the need to maintain the detail near the river. I tried to match the natural color and texture of the rock and river.
In my camera bag
If I'm going after landscapes, I always carry my Canon 6D with a Canon F4.0/24-105mm. It's such a versatile lens that I can't imagine going anywhere without it. It's pretty much a permanent fixture on my camera. I also have grown to love the Rokinon F2.8/14mm manual. It's a bit tricky to get used to, but the rewards are worth it. If I'm after wild life, I carry a canon 7D with a canon 100-400mm F4.5-5.6. It needs a lot of light but with the cropped sensor of the 7D, it can really get you close to the action.
Feedback
First of all, I received a lot of great tips from the masters right here on ViewBug. I know, a shameless plug, but it's the truth. There is no substitute for solid basics. Learn what equipment was used and camera settings etc. Get yourself a good solid tripod and a remote shutter. Many a good landscape shots have been ruined by being soft on the focus. Sharpness and clarity give your work that something extra. Last of all, be patience and leave room for new ideas as you watch the light change with the setting sun.

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