Randy Dykstra  

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in Utah, USA by Randy Dykstra

September 2020 - Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in Utah, USA

About the Image(s)

Here is a tried and true classic landscape location. There are a couple issues getting this shot. First, it takes a bit of a hike to get there, not too long but a good 7-12% grade the entire way. Second, there are typically 100 or more people around and they all seem to want a selfie or have someone else take their photo under the arch. I made the hike with the thought of also getting some astrophotography in, but with an half hour of arrival a storm blew in and as you can see covered most of the sky and lightning started shortly thereafter. (not a great place to be in a Lightning storm) But it did make for a nice sunset scene before the rain. I waited for probably 90 minutes to try to get an image with no one under the arch. Fortunately, I was able to crop out a small group just to the left of this scene and below. This was taken with a D850 24-70mm @26
1/10sec f/7.1 I did have a small tripod with me. Lightroom processing and cropped out people which forced the panorama dimensions.

4 comments posted

Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
I remember the hike and crowds from Sept. 2018. Good angle on the subject/background relationship. It may be fictitious, but maybe bump up the reds a bit.   Posted: 09/04/2020 14:16:35

Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
The wait was well worth your time. The sky is beautiful. And while many may have a photo of the arch, you are the only one with the arch and that sky. I wonder if you could put a very pale tint to the blown out clouds just over the horizon. Not a big thing, but would prevent the white from calling the eye. Well done.   Posted: 09/05/2020 00:21:19

Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
That's a stunning photograph! I like Elizabeth's idea of adding a tint to get rid of the white areas in the clouds, as that does draw the eye away from the rest of the gorgeous scene.   Posted: 09/05/2020 23:51:05

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
Oh god this is really bad, but I opened this image and instantly thought of John Wayne sitting on his horse in Chisum.
What a lovely image, nicely balanced and framed, I must admit I don't mind the white clouds as I think they balance out the bright sun area on the horizon. Worth all the effort to get this. Cracker.   Posted: 09/12/2020 06:52:06


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