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The Watchman



This is the Watchman in beautiful Zion National Park at Sunset.
Looking forward to your thoughts in the comments.

This is the Watchman in beautiful Zion National Park at Sunset.
Looking forward to your thoughts in the comments.
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11 Comments | Report
sharilee
 
sharilee February 20, 2016
Perfect - looks like it should be a painting.
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq February 20, 2016
Gorgeous shot! Love this place!
Anand791
 
Anand791 February 22, 2016
Beautiful Picture
ndejong
 
ndejong February 29, 2016
amazing!
renomike Platinum
 
renomike March 30, 2016
Fantastic Gallery of photos.... Outstanding.
rayreinhard Platinum
 
rayreinhard May 05, 2016
Absolutely gorgeous! I love Zion & you've captured a mood beautifully
NielsFahrenkrogPhoto PRO
NielsFahrenkrogPhoto May 07, 2016
Thank you, it means a lot to me!
audreyblake_9384
 
audreyblake_9384 May 07, 2016
Beautiful!
MarkB1960
 
MarkB1960 May 14, 2016
Awesome picture surreal colors...congrats!
gregkoltz
 
gregkoltz August 21, 2017
Love the colors and composition! ????????
milcalyrodriguez
 
milcalyrodriguez June 21, 2018
This looks like a dream. Great work 👌
natalie0908
 
natalie0908 April 25, 2020
I love all the contradting colors in the background this is amazing.

Behind The Lens

Location
In Zion National Park, Utah on the Virgin River bridge looking towards the Watchman
Time
It was approximately 10 minutes after sunset, the sun had already set under the horizon and brought some amazing light, colouring the sky magenta and pink.
Lighting
Unfortunately, the sunset was covered by clouds, so the light didn't hit the mountain directly. But just 5-10 minutes after sunset, the sky looked amazing and showed up with amazing colours. I took 3 images, each with a 2 stop difference to get correct exposures of the river and trees in the foreground, the mountain itself in the middle and the sky in the background. Later I blended the brackets together using Photoshop.
Equipment
A Canon 70D with an 18-135mm lens at 20mm. I used my Manfrotto tripod and a cable release for maximal sharpness and to shoot a long exposure image of the river.
Inspiration
The Watchman is an iconic peak of and one of the most photographed scene in Zion National Park. I was able to spend one amazing day in the park and surely chose the Watchman to be my sunset spot. I am very happy to have this image in my portfolio.
Editing
This is a 3 image HDR blended together with Photoshop. I processed the darkest image for a good looking sky, the correct exposed image for the mountain range and the foreground. Afterwards, I highlighted too dark areas with the overexposed image.
In my camera bag
I use a Canon EOS70d with 4 lenses, which are a 10-18mm Canon f4.5 wide angle, an 18-135mm Canon f3.5 zoom, a 50mm Canon f1.8 and a 75-300mm Canon f4 zoom lens. Ths covers a range from 10-300mm (Equivalent to 16-480mm). I use a Manfrotto action tripod a and a remote control together with my Haida 6 stop ND filter to shoot long exposure images. My most important filter is my 80mm Haida polarizer which creates amazing skies and helps with reflecting surfaces. I use an adapter to use it with any of my lenses.
Feedback
For HDR landscape photography, it is very important to use a tripod and a cable release to avoid any movements between the brackets. Look at your images and check them for total sharpness by zooming into the picture. Take every image to be perfect for the purpose in the final image, e.g. expose the darkest image to show the sky perfectly, the correct exposed image to show your main subject and the foreground to highlight too dark areas and shadows.

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