Mesa Arch

Mesa Arch Glow

As promised yesterday, I'm sharing the image of Mesa Arch lit up underneath.  I promise this is the last one I will be sharing before moving onto a different subject.

This is the reason people line up in the dark to shoot here.  On the opposite side of this arch is about a 1200 foot drop.  That drop is part of what is known as a "bowl" in the rocks. When the sun rises, it hits that bowl directly and the reflected light lights up the underside of the arch with this nice, warm light.  It is something to see, for sure.

Aperture Priority, 1/10th second, F/16, ISO 100, 15mm

If you look closely at this image, in the distance you can see a formation known as Washer Woman.  Washer Woman is actually a desert tower and an arch.  It gives the illusion that a woman is reaching her hands into a tub.  The "woman" part of the formation creates the tower and the "reaching into the tub" part creates the arch.

This image was made with my Canon 5D Mk III and Tamron 15-30mm Lens resting atop my Sirui Tripod and K-40X Ballhead.

 

Another From Mesa Arch

What a week last week was!  First, it started in Moab, UT in Arches National Park and Canyonland National Park, then a long drive up to Pinedale, WY to tour the Wind River Mountain Range, finally on to Jackson for the next 5 days for our workshop in Grand Teton National Park.  It was a week of almost no sleep and no reliable internet, so you didn't hear from me much at all.  It was also a blast!

Last week I shared an image with you form Mesa Arch.  That one was just after that sun had risen above the horizon.  This image was before that.  The sky and clouds are awesome but the arch hadn't lit up underneath just yet.  I'll show you that one tomorrow ;).

If you ever get the chance to shoot this scene at sunrise, get there early!  We were there at 3:30 am.  There is only about 8 feet or so of "prime" real estate to shoot from so you need to be there first to get it.  After sunrise and we packed up to leave there were at least 100 other people behind us.  Not all of them were photographers, but we couldn't have photographed with them in front of us regardless.

Aperture Priority, F/8, ISO 100, 5 seconds.

Image captured with my Canon 5D Mk III and Tamron 15-30mm Lens.  That combo was resting atop my Sirui tripod and K-40X Ballhead.

Mesa Arch

Tomorrow we start our workshop in The Grand Teton National Park, but we arrived a few days early to visit a few other places before the workshop begins.

One of the places we wanted to visit was Mesa Arch in Cayonlands National Park.  It is a very iconic arch and probably the most photographed thing in the park.  It is located in what is called The Island in The Sky district of the park.  It is very easy to get to as it is only about 1/4 mile from the parking area along a well maintained trail, which is probably why we were soon joined by about 100 of our closest friends for the sunrise shoot, most of them iPad shooters, however.

Just to the other side of the arch is a 1200 foot drop into Buck Canyon. This creates a "bowl" and what happens is when the sun rises and reflects off of that "bowl" it lights the underside of Mesa Arch up glowing red...more of those shots to come ;)

This shot was taken after I got some sunrise images from the "iconic" few just to the left of where I am standing now.  Some of the crowd started to disperse and I tried a few quick compositions before wrapping up and leaving.   I am always a sucker for a sun star, so I tried it from a few different angles.  This was one of my favorites, although there were many from this particular morning.

Aperture Priority, F/11, ISO 100, 1/40th second shutter speed, 15mm

This image was shot using a Canon 5D Mk III and Tamron 15-30mm Lens.  This setup was all mounted on my Sirui N-3204X Tripod and K-30 Ballhead.