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Delicate Arch‏

April 10th, 2010 · No Comments

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The sky over Moab that had been crystal clear turned overcast this afternoon. That could have either been great for sunset photography or awful. A cloudy sky can be more interesting or it can make the scene look dull when it blocks the sun. I took a chance that the sun would break through just before sunset, and again I was lucky.

I decided to return to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. This morning I viewed it at a distance, but I wanted to take the three mile hike up to it, like I did in February 2009. Earlier today I wrote that I doubted if I could improve on the shot of the arch that I took then. But this evening I decided to try anyway.

In the past 14 months since I was here last I have learned a few things. Today I stayed until the last light faded; for the second shot below I used a prime lens, which is inherently sharper than a zoom lens; I used a tripod and cable release; and I processed the images with HDR. Plus, I had a more interesting sky today.

Since I can’t decide whether I prefer the horizontal or vertical orientation for the image, I will share one of each.

Delicate Arch and the La Sal Mountains

Delicate Arch and the La Sal Mountains

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A Vertical View of Delicate Arch

A Vertical View of Delicate Arch

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I think that I succeeded in improving on the shot of the arch that I took on my previous trip. That image is online at so you can be the judge.

Delicate Arch is the most photographed arch in the world. It certainly is the one that I have shot the most, especially after taking 57 images this afternoon in order to show you these two.


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