Friday, August 2, 2013

Arches National Park


DOUBLE ARCH

There are so many photographs taken of famous landmarks, that my challenge is to try to capture nature's beautiful scenes with my own unique composition.  So often I see people walk up to a scene like this, and with no thought, snap a shot and turn and walk away.  One of the things I like about photography is that if your goal is to make a good picture, it forces you to really look at the scene from different angles and viewpoints, and take some time to really observe and enjoy what you are seeing.  For this picture I used a wide angle lens and took this shot from a low vantage point to add the dead trees for foreground interest.  Since I was shooting into the sun, (although it was behind the cliff), I knew I needed to take at least three exposures and blend them together in order to properly expose the sky and the front face of the rock which was in shadow.
P.S.  Can you see the little speck of sky peaking through the rock on the left side of the picture?  This is the beginning of another arch.  I didn't see it when I composed this shot, so I'm not sure how big it really is.

7 comments:

diane b said...

It is a great perspective. I haven't done much with bracketing but I must give it a go on Monday when we go to the coast for a shot. Thanks for your tips and inspiration.

Sandra said...

I missed the speck until you mentioned it. stunning photo and fantastic arches. Utah is so beautiful

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Yes, what you wrote is so true. I am amazed how you were able to photograph Double Arch without any people around. When I was there it looked as if someone had stirred up an ant's nest.

janc@mac.com said...

Stunning photo!

Robin Lamb said...

Karen, spectacular shot!

DeniseinVA said...

That is such an impressive shot Karen. I have been to this arch and your photo truly does it justice!

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Karen you have created a spectacular photo of the arches. I love seeing all the tiny lines and using the fish eye just enchanced them along with the arches. So nice the lines even running in the sky from the clouds. Beautiful capture. I would love to revisit this area I was only there as a child.