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jackiekyles April 08, 2016
WOW!!!! I was instantly drawn to this photo!!! Amazing!
 
SYLING April 09, 2016
Amazing!!
 
sharonlobrien April 09, 2016
love this place !
 
darrenphelan April 11, 2016
Superb!

j tree arch rock keat wide shot



sun flare at arch rock
sun flare at arch rock
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Josua Tree National Park
Time
It was a cold crisp morning. Waking up to the smell of coffee roasting over a campfire. Unzipping the tent we stepped out at stretched out arms and legs. Making our way to the arch, we sat in the cold thin air and waited for the sun to rise!
Lighting
The lighting was nothing special. No clouds, no color, just the cold lifeless air. As the sun lifted above the hills, my good friend ran to the top of the arch to get a higher vantage point to where the sun would hit him sooner than me (sitting down below). My friend stood there waiting for the sun to peak, and just as it did, he out stretched his arms in an attempt to embrace the morning warmth that the sun had provided.
Equipment
This photo was taken with my Sony A7rii handheld.
Inspiration
I had been to Joshua Tree a handful of times, but had surprisingly never taken photos at the arch. It was an easy hike and was just off the path. Showing up there in the middle of the night, (around 1am) we attempted to shoot Milky Way and star photos, but did not have any luck, as the moon rose just behind the Milky Way, blowing out all the details. As we say there in frustration, we decided to wait around for the sunrise, which ended up being a very good decision.
Editing
I post processed this image in Lightroom CC with minor adjustments. I had pulled out the shadows slightly. Turned down the highlights a tad, warmed up the photo by a few stops, and lens corrected to fight off any distortions that there might have been.
In my camera bag
In my bag I carry around a Sony A7rii, Canon 70d, tamron 150-600mm, 10-17mm tamron straight lens, 10-17mm tokina fisheye, 40mm, 50mm, and a 16-35mm, and a metabones adapter so that I can use all of my lenses with my Sony full frame. Oh and also a headlamp! (Very important).
Feedback
Photograph at the right times. This may mean you have to do some waiting around! And may be uncomfortable depending on what the weather conditions may be. The more passionate you are, the more time you will devote waiting around for the perfect lighting conditions, which will eventually pay off in the end! Trust me! Shoot in the early hours of the morning, late hours of the evening, or at night to get the best lighting conditions possible to add some depth and interest to your photo! Keep track of the moon cycles and what will be the best conditions and locations to shoot moonlit landscapes, Milky Way photos, and go to remote places where there is minimal light pollution, to give you the most clear conditions for the Milky Way to be photographed!

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