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Sunset at Horseshoe Bend



Last time I was here, we were pretty much alone. This trip, easily a couple hundred people there. Yet it still has the magic. One of the most photographed place...
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Last time I was here, we were pretty much alone. This trip, easily a couple hundred people there. Yet it still has the magic. One of the most photographed places in the US, so it's a little hard to be original here now... I just wanted to get a pleasing image. I was happy.

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Nikon D810 ISO64 ƒ-29 2 .4 15mm © 2017
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19 Comments | Report
Alfredo_Jose PRO
 
Alfredo_Jose September 01, 2017
Truly stunning, I love the sun flairs! The light is amazing! Well done!
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DaveKochPhoto September 27, 2017
Alfredo- some people think sunflares are overdone. I really do overdo them. I like them.
PaulMartin1982
 
PaulMartin1982 September 12, 2017
Amazing photograph one day I will be able to capture images like this
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DaveKochPhoto September 27, 2017
Paul=- just go out and practice. Keep working- and keep trying. You will surprise yourself,
darrellgillenwater PRO+
 
darrellgillenwater September 17, 2017
Very nice
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DaveKochPhoto September 27, 2017
Thank you Darrell
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe September 18, 2017
Absolutely stunning!
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DaveKochPhoto September 27, 2017
Al- you are always so kind...
KMallus
 
KMallus September 22, 2017
Such beautiful colors! Great point of view!
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DaveKochPhoto September 27, 2017
Thank you Tina!
lolaperryman
 
lolaperryman September 24, 2017
Beautiful! Well Done : )
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DaveKochPhoto September 27, 2017
Thank you Lola!
twhamill PRO+
 
twhamill September 25, 2017
Beautiful! Well done.
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TimothyPrincehorn September 25, 2017
Almost too much color, but I still love this image. Great stopping power.
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DaveKochPhoto September 27, 2017
I DO like a lot of color.... is it too much? SERIOUSLY. Let me know. (I am OK with criticism)
Cupcake-Katie
 
Cupcake-Katie September 30, 2017
Stunning! You have amazing creativity and a good eye! I would love to see more from you!!!!!!! Never stop sharing your gift
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DaveKochPhoto September 30, 2017
Thank you Katie! I love what I do!
Rafaphoto PRO+
 
Rafaphoto October 18, 2017
Sheer perfection
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DaveKochPhoto October 19, 2017
Thanks- good timeingon this one!
joycemrivera PRO+
 
joycemrivera November 01, 2017
Gorgeous capture!
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DaveKochPhoto November 02, 2017
Thank you very much Joyce!
arnabdt
 
arnabdt January 02, 2018
Great shot. Loved it and the sunburst is perfect.
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DaveKochPhoto January 02, 2018
Thank you- thats what f/22 is for, right?
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gordylindgren January 02, 2018
Love your photos and commentarys!
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DaveKochPhoto January 07, 2018
Thanks Gordy! I just got an e-mail (From MILAN!!!) from some friends I made while shooting this! They were so nice, remmebred me and then found me on the InstaGram. They shared some of their pictures of me taking this, and the picture I took of them! It was so cool to catch back up with them!
fotosbybh
 
fotosbybh April 14, 2018
Easily one of the best of Horseshoe Bend.
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DaveKochPhoto April 14, 2018
WOw- Thank you!
Melhia42
 
Melhia42 July 09, 2018
Ahhh I thought this place looked familiar. Well done very beautiful picture.
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DaveKochPhoto July 09, 2018
Yeah- everybody shoots it. Hard to make ti stand out from ther 1000's of pics taken there daily...
candivucelich
 
candivucelich September 13, 2018
Wow. The second time I seen today. I must say this is Gorgeous. Well done sir
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DaveKochPhoto September 16, 2018
Candi- you are very kind- thank you!
AmberDawn1
 
AmberDawn1 December 09, 2018
Beautiful..... :-)
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DaveKochPhoto December 09, 2018
Muchos Gracias
zeinebamri
 
zeinebamri Apr 12
Fantastic !!
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DaveKochPhoto Apr 14
Thank you!
Dee-CrystalClear PRO
 
Brilliant - Magnificent - Spectacular.....all of the imaginable adjectives awarded by me.
😊
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DaveKochPhoto Apr 24
Dee- Thank you!

Behind The Lens

Location
This has suddenly become one of the most photographed spots in the US it seems. A friend and fellow photographer says its the "Instagramification of America." Horseshoe Bend is a super easy hike and readily accessible.... and it is just impossible to take a bad picture here... so I can see why. We used to go here and be all alone... now- though it's hard to tell- there are literally hundred of people all around. I hear they are expanding the parking lot and paving the trail.
Time
That would be sunset....
Lighting
I would just say there is no way to get this in a single exposure. While this is multiple exposures, I would NOT say this is HDR. This is blended photography. Just for the heck of it, I did push this through Photomatix.... and it was NOTHING like a hand blend.
Equipment
Tripod. HAVE to have a tripod; if you don't use a tripod for ever shot you make you are not making the best images possible. A Nikon 810 and a super wide angle lens with a clean front element! Remote trigger.
Inspiration
I have shot this before. A few times actually. But it is pretty hard to get a good sunset here, unless you get lucky. I love going back to places- learning from places- and perfecting a spot. I like this better than my previous shots here.... but I love going here no matter what, too! We were in Page for a birthday week swing through Northern AZ and Southern Utah- Including both Antelope Canyons, Zion and a hike up to the Subway. To be honest, we got here a bit later than I would have liked. There were a LOT of people all over the lip, but there was a lot of open places even still. I chose this for the foreground element- the sun hitting the bush made me very happy. I set the tripod pretty low for increased stability (and honestly, raising the camera 12" would not make ANY difference overall.) I literally got there, put up the legs, leveled the camera and the sun was hitting the horizon! So I knocked off a few exposures and had what I needed. I do recall helping a few people around me with their exposures. Not much you can do to help iPhone photographers, but there was a guy with a Nikon 3400 I think that I was bale to help get some good images. Met some GREAT people from Italy- they were a blast. And there was a guy flying a drone there... ANd a wedding photographer shooting a couple. I assume she got good images.... though she wasn't using a flash, so I wonder...
Editing
I always start in the Lightroom. I do basic color and contrast manipulations. Then I send it all as layers into Photoshop. Each layer has a specific component I want in the final. I brushed them all together using layer masks. Combine, dehaze, sharpen and we're done!
In my camera bag
I have multiple bags, all for different circumstances. And even then I load them different depending on the shoot. Where I am shooting and what I am shooting dictates EVERYTHING.... there is no normal load out.
Feedback
Learn layering. Do NOT rely on HDR or think that will save your ass- it just makes you a monkey. Never EVER do anything Auto. Aperture priority IS an auto mode. Auto-ISO is an Auto mode. Photomatix is Auto. DON'T USE THEM AS CRUTCHES. Set everything in Manual and make the choices for each step- and know WHY you made that choice. Take the time to think and plan. Learn to do it all yourself. Make mistakes and go back and learn to shoot it better. Learn to fix your mistakes and correct your images.

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