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Morning Glow

Morning glow of the sun lighting up the HooDoo's at Bryce Canyon National Park

Morning glow of the sun lighting up the HooDoo's at Bryce Canyon National Park
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BrunoHeeb PRO
BrunoHeeb June 23, 2019
Absolutely amazing shot
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ronsantini July 24, 2020
Thank you!

Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at Bryce Canyon National Park
This image was taken just as the sun was starting to rise. The hoodoos on the canyon floor captured the sun rays in a way that made the hoodoos light up and glow with a golden orange color. The scene lasted for only a couple of minutes before it disappeared,It was the most magical moment during my visit to this national park.
My intent for this photo was to wait for the exact moment when I thought the light hitting the hoodoos would be most dramatic. I hit it perfectly as the glow on the hoodoos was a dramatic capture of light.
This photograph was captured on a tripod with a Canon 20D at ISO 100, 1/125 second at f/9 and a focal length of 200mm.
I knew Bryce Canyon had a spectacular landscape, rich with hoodoos rising up from the canyon floor. I wanted to capture a unique perspective that would highlight the essence of the geology that makes up Bryce Canyon. To do that I planned to capture the glow of light as it passed through, over and around the hoodoos. The best time to capture the glow was either early in the morning as the sun was rising or during the evening just before the sun set. I decide to capture the morning show as I knew not many visitors would be up and hiking through the park at 6AM!
This was a jpeg image so very little post-processing was used other than the normal edits made in Adobe Lightroom.
In my camera bag
What is in my bag depends on what I plan to shoot, but normally I have a Canon R5 with an adapter to use my array of Canon and Sigma lens. These lenses include a Canon EF 100-400mm USM II f/4.5-5.6, a Canon 16-35mm, f/2.8, a Sigma 24-105 Art Series lens, and a Sigma 150mm f/2,8 macro lens. I also carry with me an intervelometer, CP filter and neutral density filters and graduated neutral density filters. Mt tripod is an Induro CT203 carbon fiber tripod.I always carry a flash and it is a Canon 580EX II, extra batteries because you never have enough, and extra memory cards. All of this is carried in an SKB Hardcase/Backpack.
To capture a shot like this, first plan your shot in advance. You can easily do this with apps such as PhotoPills and PlanIt Pro. By planning as much as you can in advance, the better your opportunity for success will be. Once you have planned when you will photograph, take time to explore the location to see if that is the scene you want. If shooting in the early morning, arrive at your site at least an hour before you planned shot. This will give you enough time to setup your camera/tripod and make any last minutes adjustments. I would suggest shooting in RAW as the light will cause the dynamic range to be very broad, and you want to capture as much of that range as possible. Expose for the highlights because when shooting in RAW, it is much easier to recover shadows than it is to recover highlights. Set you camera on manual mode and when the time is right click away. I also set my camera to capture 3-5 photographs at different exposures to capture the full dynamic range.

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