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The morning sun begins to show her face through the North Window in Arches National Park, Utah, miniaturizing the human who came to observe her glory....
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The morning sun begins to show her face through the North Window in Arches National Park, Utah, miniaturizing the human who came to observe her glory.
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27 Comments |
trainwoman Platinum
 
trainwoman November 21, 2016
This is spectacular....gorgeous light and colors
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold November 22, 2016
fantastic!!!! and it`s so important that this guy is standing there; he helps us to realize the dimensions of this arch.
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 November 22, 2016
Wow.. Incredible シ
mcampi Platinum
 
mcampi November 22, 2016
I like that you have a person in this shot to show the size of the arch.
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz November 24, 2016
Stunning!
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman November 24, 2016
What a wonderful window to the world. Stunning.
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt November 26, 2016
fabulous capture Nina. Excellent edit as well!
SuzMDixon
 
SuzMDixon December 02, 2016
Stunning - amazing sense of scale!
carolyns
 
carolyns December 03, 2016
Beautiful...really effective with the small figure in the distance!
leslie57
 
leslie57 December 05, 2016
Excellent light and composition !!!
Daisy00
 
Daisy00 December 07, 2016
Great shot nina! a person in this shot give a good sense of scale!
NanaSue54
 
NanaSue54 December 09, 2016
LOVE this Nina!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle December 09, 2016
Gorgeous and with a sun star! That person really puts it in perspective!
lizziemellis Platinum
 
lizziemellis December 09, 2016
The guy standing Puts this into perspective , amazing love the sun star :-)
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole December 12, 2016
Wow....this is gorgeous!!!! And I really like the perspective of size you give the viewer with the lone person standing in the arch!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 December 18, 2016
Excellent !
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography December 28, 2016
What a great shot!! Perfect timing and great sense of scale.
AnneDphotography
 
AnneDphotography January 02, 2017
beautiful and amazing silhouette !
AnneDphotography
 
AnneDphotography January 02, 2017
beautiful and amazing silhouette !
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo January 14, 2017
You're a Rock Star!
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal April 17, 2017
Very nice. Congratulations on your award!
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo May 23, 2017
Congrats on being a Finalist, Nina!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt May 25, 2017
CONGRATS on being a FINALIST IN 'FLARES IN NATURE' April 2017!!
Bruz Platinum
 
Bruz July 19, 2017
Congrats Nina on finalist with this. Another amazing shot of yours. :-)
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo July 25, 2017
Another Finalist Award! Congrats, Nina!!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 August 16, 2017
Congrats Finalist in People Enjoying Nature Photo Contest
deannefortnam
 
deannefortnam October 04, 2017
Congratulations on winning People's Choice in my "Red Rocks - Blue Sky" Photo Challenge. Beautiful image!
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was take in Arches National Park in Utah at the arch known as the North Window.

Time

We arose very early in the morning in order to get to the park by sunup. After watching a beautiful sunrise near the entrance, we proceeded to what is referred to as The Windows Section. This photo was taken at approximately 7:30 a.m.

Lighting

There were a few scattered clouds in the sky at the time this was taken, but the air was still crisp and clear. This photo was taken in early October so the sun was at just the right zenith (angle) to capture the sun's rays that were just starting to peek around the red rocks of the arch. The red rocks photograph beautifully at any time of the day, but early morning or late afternoon are definitely the best choice if trying to capture something special.

Equipment

This photo was taken handheld with my Nikon D750 full frame DSLR with a 28-120mm Nikkor lens. No other equipment was used.

Inspiration

The red rock country of both Utah and Arizona is unmatched for photography opportunities mainly because of the glorious landscapes and national parks that abound there, so we made every attempt to cover as much territory as possible. Seeing that the sun was about to show itself within this arch, I positioned myself at an angle that gave me the best opportunity for catching the sun rays. I was pleased with the results of my efforts.

Editing

Some minor adjustments for overall tonality, clarity and sharpness were made in Lightroom. But other than that, this photo is representative of exactly how I remembered this scene appearing at the time it was captured.

In my camera bag

My current camera of choice is a Nikon D750 full frame DSLR. I usually use my Nikkor 28-300mm zoom lens which I find to be very versatile, especially while traveling. I also have a Nikkor 24-120mm lens which was used to shoot this particular photo. Additionally, my new Sigma 150-600mm lens has proven to be fantastic for both bird and wildlife photography. I always have 2 64gb memory cards in my camera with a 32gb spare in my bag. I also carry a fully charged spare batter and battery charger, UV and polarizing filters for all lenses, a Tiffen variable ND filter, the Cokin filter system, a lightweight carbon fiber tripod, a remote release and cleaning supplies.

Feedback

Landscape photographers often have the luxury of returning to a particular location at different times of the day or night (or seasons) in order to capture a scene under different lighting or weather conditions. This is especially true of a place like Arches National Park, which is open to the public year round. Planning ahead helps to maximize photo opportunities, especially if you can plan your visit either early or late in the day...this strategy also helps to lessen the frustration of being "photo bombed" by crowds of tourists who typically visit these locations in the middle of the day. It is best to try and plan at least one or two full days at each one of the national parks. It is nearly impossible to take it all in, and capture photos, if rushing through in just a couple hours.

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