Arches & Canyonlands
George Theodore, May 8, 2017
Arches and Canyonlands are two of our most photogenic national parks with something for everyone – up early for great sunrises and early morning opportunities then out again in late afternoon through sunset. If you’re like us, we use the in-between hours to pull out our speedlights and shoot some more. Then we use after-dark hours to light paint. The weather was mostly sunny with some cloudiness in late afternoon.
For our first sunrise, we left the hotel at 4:30 AM to get to Mesa Arch an hour before sunrise; we were rewarded by being the first ones there. The rest of our sunrises were at Landscape Arch, North Window and Deadhorse. All pretty good mornings. Sunsets were spent at Balanced Rock and Fisher Towers. Storm clouds produced The group decided against the hike up to Delicate Arch and the clouds rolled in which would have made sunset a great disappointment. The light painting at Double Arch was very successful catching both the arches and star trails.
We had a terrific afternoon with speedlights and other artificial lighting equipment photographing cowboy/cowgirl models. Using both infrared and radio transmission, the group learned a lot about how speedlights produce much better images when taken off-camera and how gels can be used for wonderful effects.
The was camaraderie terrific and all returned home with lots of great photos. Here are images from some workshop participants.