OK…. OK… This is a bit of a cliche’d image, but if you are staying in Canyonlands you just HAVE to shoot Mesa Arch at Dawn…. once you are there, you’ll find there aren’t a whole lot of unique angles… there really only is a couple of variations on the one shot.
I had heard that you can get up to 30 photographers at this location jockeying for position, so I thought I’d get there an hour before Dawn and stake my spot. I bought my little stove with me and brewed up a nice cup of coffee while I perched on the edge of the cliff watching the pre-dawn light. About 20 minutes later another photographer came and set up and then a whole frigging bus of Japanese tourists rock up. Whenever any of them got anywhere near my angle of sight I gave them the filthiest glare…. now normally that might not do it.. but I haven’t shaved for 9 days…. I slept out in my swag last night and I reckon that I look like some strange psycho right about now….. trust me… the glare did the trick.
I also light painted the same arch last night, so it will be interesting to contrast the two images… dawn in colour… night in B&W.
Today I’m going to hike out to False Kiva in Canyonlands, and then for my finale I’m going to try to light paint Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.
Tomorrow my adventure comes to an end as I drive back to Denver and then fly back home.
It has been a blast.