Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Delicate Arch at Twilight

After spending the afternoon at a different vantage point of Delicate Arch, I made my way around to the traditional viewpoint for some light painting.

There were several others with the same idea and we talked about how we could paint the arch. When we tested my million candle powered light from the traditional viewpoint and saw we could easily paint it across the slickrock bowl we set up and did just that.

My plan had been to hopefully get the arch with a huge star filled sky above it but those did not work out thanks to the thin clouds.

The one I ended up liking the best (and presented here) is a tighter view from that twilight when the last light of the sky is blue.

Then as a companion piece to see what light painting often ends up looking like from the participants vantage point.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Published Article-Fisheye Lens Landscapes

I had another article published online at NatureScapes Network online magazine. This article is about using a fisheye lens for landscape photography.

I like wide angle and the fisheye takes wide to the extreme.

You can check out the story and accompanying images at the link below

Fisheye Lens Landscapes Article

Compare this take of a more traditional view of Mesa Arch (yes it is still with a fisheye image) to my more extreme closeup of the arch image that is in the article.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Delicate Arch or How to Photograph an Icon

Delicate Arch is a Utah icon. It is pretty much the state symbol of Utah and is even on the license plate. It is also a very popular place with hikers and photographers. There are usually 40+ people who make the hike up the slickrock to watch the sunset. I jokingly refer to it is the Delicate Arch Press Corps.

After spending 5 nights up in Canyonlands I moved over to Arches for my last two nights and yes I decided to go to Delicate Arch for a sunset.

I made the hike up and saw that a large number of people were gathering. Since it was still in the afternoon I walked out under the arch. That is something you really cannot do at sunset without making a lot of folks unhappy, but with three hours before sunset it is do-able.

I then decided I wanted to see how I could do a different image of the arch. I saw that there was a rock outcropping to the southwest of the arch. There were also some awesome high flying clouds in the sky. So I hiked around to the rock outcropping and set up there.

You can see the view in the top image. The clouds made this a perfect location and the view is way different than the standard one.

I photographed back over toward the other photographers who well all in the standard location. Don't get me wrong it is a fantastic view but I wanted to see about something different. See the second image and make out the small crowd there.

Finally an image to let you see how precarious the slick rock is. People walk to the arch and sometimes beyond it. Well, as you can see you are not going too far before it is a big drop.

It is actually that way on both sides of the arch. People from the standard view have to skirt the top of the bowl because it gets steep fast.

So if you go, have fun, and watch your step.