Scott Messer  

Horseshoe Bend by Scott Messer

June 2020 - Horseshoe Bend

June 2020 - Scott Messer


About the Image(s)

Located near Page, AZ this is an iconic Northern Arizona landmark. This image was shot as a 3 image HDR. I've attached the middle image as the before shot. I used a Sony 16-35 mm lens with .4 sec @f/11, ISO 100, 16mm. For post processing I created the HDR in Aurora and then made additional adjustments in Lightroom.

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6 comments posted

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Scott, great places make for grand photographs. Your version of this iconic place is lovely. You show us a good use of HDR. The details are rich and the colors vivid. I can see why photographers return to places like this to get lucky with the light and perhaps capture a passing storm.   Posted: 06/05/2020 20:02:25

Gary La Musga
Very nice capture and use of HDR. I like the colors and how you increased the shady areas. I have seen photos of this before and you did a nice capture.

One thought, would it have been possible to move more to the left to not have the large rock in the right corner? I know we try to have an anchor in the photo, not sure if it enhances or detract because of the size. Still I really like the shot. Nice work.   Posted: 06/05/2020 23:51:53

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
For me this brings back memories of just how dangerous it is standing on those rocks to get this shot. I understand they have put up fences now!

To my eye you have done a good job with the Dof - creating a fore-ground below and capturing the interesting sky in the distance. I feel that your capture and post work has resulted in colors that are very pleasing to the viewers' eyes. (I've seen many images of this that don't.) After much thought I believe that your capture of the rock on the lower right adds to the image. Many would say that you should have moved left to get the entire river bend, but 10,000 people must have that shot. Yours is unique.   Posted: 06/06/2020 06:40:03

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hi Scott, I think you have done a great job capturing this landmark. To my eye the colors are perfect and the DOF is handled well. I don't have strong feelings about the rock. I would not have even though about it had Gary La Musga not commented on it. I tend to agree with Gary B about the rocks purpose. Well done.   Posted: 06/06/2020 10:46:08

Scott Messer   Scott Messer
Thanks for all of your comments. Regarding the rock on the right, I wanted to get a more centered shot but it was very crowded and the sunrise didn't last long. Here's an image of my "competition".

  Posted: 06/07/2020 13:48:26
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Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
This is one of the best images I've seen at this location. I like the large rock at bottom right to point into the "action" of the image and the rock at bottom left flows into it. The textures and colors are amazing and now that you've posted this, I need not go there since the "real" setting might not be as splendid as this image! Oh, nice work in that sky capture too.   Posted: 06/24/2020 18:46:16