3 From Dead Horse Point State Park

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  1. Mike Lewis

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    So on our recent trip we actually got to Dead Horse Point State Park twice, once very late for sunset, and then the next morning for sunrise. We were still in a big group, which made it hard to get to the park very early for sunset. And once there for sunset, it became obvious that sunrise was going to be very optimal for the angle of the light. So here are 3 I liked from the 2 visits. Of course they are iconic images, shot many times a day, but I guess there is a reason for that.

    During sunrise shooting here the next morning is also the time that things would have been VERY dicey, had my tripod decided to break while in use (instead of during setup) a couple of days earlier than it did. Depending on where the bad leg was situated, I could have seen camera, lens, tripod (and maybe even myself) go over the side of a very long drop. Thinking about this later, it was hard to be too upset about how and when the tripod did actually break :)

    Sunset 'Pyramid' - This is one of the few I took with my 70-300 L lens on the entire trip. But it is always nice to get at least one shot you like with a lens like that, after lugging it around for so much time :)
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    Dead Horse Point Pre-Sunrise - This was shot right before the sun came over the horizon, and it was fun to see how the longer camera exposure brought out the natural coloring of everything, before it was overcome by the intense gold of the sunrise lighting. This image also accentuates the Earth's shadow as a darker diagonal band opposite the direction of the sun.
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    Dead Horse Point Sunrise - Once the sun comes up, things get 'golden' in a hurry.
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    Thanks for looking and for any comments.

    ML
     
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    Neat sequence. Thanks for sharing your trip. Were you with a tour group?

    I am a big fan of what I can do with depth compression in a landscape scene with a long lens. That first shot is a neat example of that with some really fun light. Blue hour light before the sun comes up is one of my favorite times to shoot since the light is more interesting and it's so much easier to capture the details of complex terrain with the reduced dynamic range in the light. The last one is a classic view for that location. All keepers in my book.
     
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    Alan,

    Thanks! Well, we were not in a tour group in the classic sense, but the first part of the trip had 8 people, when you include our kids, a boyfriend, my sister and her partner, and my brother's wife. It was great to see everyone, but as we all know, that many people is not conducive to being able to be at the right place at the right time photography-wise. Of course, getting up early the next morning for the sunrise whittled down the attendance list pretty dramatically, as most people did not want to go that early (including me - I am by nature a night person, so it is always an accomplishment to get up early for me as well - photography is about the only thing that gets me to do it these days!)

    So the Arches/Canyonlands portion of the trip was done with 8 people. That dropped to 5 for the Capitol Reef visit, and then down to just my wife and myself for the rest of the trip.

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    Hey Mike,

    Well.... I had some brain lock when I first read your post here. For some reason I had read your title as Horseshoe Bend, and continued to read it as such. I even looked at your first photo and thought to myself, "Wow" as I didn't recall seeing anything like that by Horseshoe Bend, and was wondering how I had missed that. Fortunately somewhere around the 2nd photo it dawned on me that this was Dead Horse Point, not Horseshoe Bend that you were discussing. It's crazy how our minds can read something that isn't there sometimes.

    Now with that embarrassment over, these are all really sweet shots! And if your tripod had to break, I am so glad that it didn't break while you were on the edge.
     
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    Congrats on the Daily Featured Post Mike!
     
  6. Joe Colozzo

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    Great set, each one is fantastic in it's own way.
    I'm glad you tripod didn't drag you over the edge. It's funny how people hear photographer and most think of nerdy guy who has no physical ability. When in most part , the hikes and risks they take are more then most can endure. So here's to you
     
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    Congrats on a well deserved daily featured thread.
     
  8. Mike Lewis

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    Wow, that's cool! I didn't even completely realize that was a thing! :) Thanks so much, that is great. And I really appreciate all the feedback from some many extremely accomplished photographers who took the time to stop in and make a comment.

    ML
     
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    All are nice - it is a wonderful place - but that first one really catches my eye.
     
  10. Mike Lewis

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    I know what you mean - I have done that sort of thing myself, even to the point of writing a reply along thiose lines ('Hey, where is that view? I have been to 'blah-blah' location before and I missed that!...etc., etc. Pretrty embarrassing :)

    Along those same lines, I JUST realized right before this post that Ben's profile picture is standing right in front of Dead Horse Point! Pretty cool!

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    Ben - thanks for the nice comments - I JUST looked closer at your profile picture, pretty fun coincidence!

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    This was taken on the road below Deadhorse point, but in front of the bend in the river. This is near where they shot Thelma and Louise.
     
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    Mike, your comment really strikes home with me. When I was there in Feb of this year I set up a good 20 feet from the edge. But the whole area was like gravel, and the ground was slightly tilted forward. It scared the daylights out of me always fearing that a simple slip on the gravel could potentially propel me and/or my tripod closer to that edge. I don't like heights and that experience really had me on edge (no pun intended).
     
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    That is a wonderful place, and I'm with Kyle....the first is really a sweet catch of light.
     
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    Nice ! #1 makes me think of the upcoming game "Red Dead Redemption 2" its got 5 states full of old west photo realistic goodness to play in... OCt 26th be there !
     
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    Cool series Mike! I am headed there tomorrow for 5 days of wondering around that wonderful desert. Thanks for sharing!

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