I'm a young aspiring photographer that has a sweet tooth for HDR photography.

Sunrise at Delicate Arch

 

Today’s image is a reprocessed image from a few months ago, way before I thought about doing a photo blog.  I have learned so much about post processing and onOne Software since finishing the original image (seen here).

Delicate Arch is probably the most photographed landscape in Utah, at least in Arches National Park.  My Dad and I woke up really early in the morning to get to the arch before sunrise.  Of course we woke up a tad bit too late and had to run to the arch.  Boy that was a tough run I barely could get my camera out by the time we reached our destination.  It was so nice when we arrived because there was no one else there except for a few other photographers.  I had never seen the place so dead and silent.  We got to enjoy that silence for about 10 minutes then we could hear what sounded like a bus load of kids coming our way.   The pressure was now on, we knew that we only had a limited time of emptiness to capture the shots we wanted.  A fellow photographer came up to the arch after a bit and told us that it was actually TWO buses that had arrived full of kids.  This shot was one of the last shots I was able to capture before the kids surrounded the base of Delicate Arch.  I actually had to go in and remove two girls making their way over to it.  I have found a landscape like this is where content-fill aware works very well in Photoshop CS5 compared to a scene with a lot of straight lines.

 

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112 responses

  1. Nice one adam! Great focus on the arch itself.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm

  2. Great shot!

    April 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

  3. Wow. That’s just an awesome scene, well captured.

    April 5, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    • sandra

      awesome!!

      April 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm

  4. Great detail in the arch and leading up and the rocks leading up to it! Did you use any Focal Point on this image? Love the processing and textures!

    April 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm

  5. Thanks guys for the kind words! I did use focal Point on this photo Chris. I was trying to isolate the arch, and the background was WAY too busy.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:56 am

  6. Wow, that’s beautiful. I’m just about to book my vacation to Sedona and this picture gives me a glimpse of things I’ll see.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

  7. Gorgeous!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:51 am

  8. Nice picture!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:54 am

  9. beautiful!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

  10. Amazing shot! Very worthy of Freshly Pressed!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

  11. Beautiful photo. I’m too am trying to learn HDR photography and it sure results in some awesome images!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:20 am

  12. Well done! And congrats on FP-ed. Hang on for the ride———————
    Kathy

    April 14, 2011 at 10:21 am

  13. Love the light and the contrast in colors from the sky and the stone arch. Great shot!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:25 am

  14. WOW! breathtaking!!!!!!!!!!! love the picture

    April 14, 2011 at 10:27 am

  15. Beautiful – well done.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:29 am

  16. ALIVEalways

    I’m afraid of Utah after I saw 127 hours, but still I’m determined to visit the place for the flawless sight.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:48 am

  17. Beautiful shot thank you

    April 14, 2011 at 10:51 am

  18. A J

    Love this Arch. What a beauty 🙂

    April 14, 2011 at 10:53 am

  19. Love the color of the early morning! Great shot!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:53 am

  20. Such a beautiful scene. I’m just starting to take photography seriously and this is great motivation.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:58 am

  21. Magnificent. The only downside to this is that it really, really emphasizes my desire to be in the outdoors . . . not simply marveling at such beauty on a computer screen!

    April 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

  22. I spent a few weeks working in Arches National Park a few years ago (camping there every night), and it really is best viewed at sunrise and sunset. When the sun is low there are more shadows and it’s really colourful. Once it gets to the middle of the day though, the sun is so bright that it doesn’t look as nice (in my opinion!)

    Great photo!

    April 14, 2011 at 11:25 am

  23. dcS

    Fascinating. Awesome. Keep up the good work. good focus on the arch

    April 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

  24. Photo buffs unite! What a way cool pic dude! Beauty in Utah is amazing. Will check back again and see what you have in store.

    Blessings and have a great week….Kevin

    April 14, 2011 at 11:38 am

  25. Amazing image! Thank you for posting 🙂

    April 14, 2011 at 11:38 am

  26. So, so beautiful…am thinking of visiting the park. Congrats on being FP’d.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:57 am

  27. ahmadblues

    Nice one! Where did you take it? And how do you put a Water-Mark?

    April 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    • I took it at Delicate Arch in Utah. I did the Watermark using photoshop.

      April 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm

  28. Thanks all for the kind words! I feel truely honored to be part of the “Freshly Pressed”. It means a lot!

    April 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm

  29. Beautiful! It’s amazing the light you can get in the early mornings… and yet it’s not enough motivation for me to get up early. 😀

    April 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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  31. Amazing photo! What a beautiful landscape

    April 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

  32. Amazing picture.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

  33. adrianduque89

    Awesome photo!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

  34. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm

  35. Emily929

    I became obsessed with Delicate Arch when I saw it on the cover of the 1988 Rand McNally when I was a little girl. Finally, two summers ago, I convinced my husband that the eight hour drive to Arches would be worth it. Little did I know how brutal the hike to the arch would be (you did well to go in the morning; 3 p.m. is a terrible time to go). But it was so worth it to get my picture taken in front of the arch. I wish my camera had been as amazing as yours.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

  36. What a wonderful image of the arch. Awesome image.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm

  37. Beautiful! made me want to go there 😉

    April 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm

  38. It’s like being there! I can smell the new day dawning and feel the breeze…

    All the best with your work!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm

  39. Great picture, really impressive.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm

  40. Stunning!!! And it looks like a man-made arch…like an artist installation or something. Magnificient!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

  41. Fantastic photo !

    April 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm

  42. Adam, thanks for a little thrill in my day and congrats on your FP! I’ve not yet been there, but adore Delicate Arch and hope to go some day. I really enjoyed the story behind the pic as well, thanks for taking time to include that.
    Lisa

    April 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    • Anytime Lisa, I appreciate the kind words!

      April 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm

  43. Arches National Park is one of my very favorite places. I have not been there in way too long. Thank you for reminding me why I need to plan a trip.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    • My pleasure, the Moab area is one of my favorite places as well!

      April 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm

  44. Beautiful

    April 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm

  45. I have recently just started a blog, and purchased a domain, and I know this probably shouldn’t go under this pages’ comments, but I figured I’d get the best answers. How do you set up an email to go to your blog other than your personal email. Such as; if you set up a blog http://www.blogme.com is there a way to set up an email like info@blogme.com? If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm

  46. What a breath taking shot!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm

  47. Amazing.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm

  48. I wonder how nature crafted this! Wish there was a 1 picture everyday video for the last millions of years of some parts of the planet 😉

    April 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    • That would be so cool!

      April 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

  49. Love the unity of the photo–the arch itself is awesome, but the horizon draws attention, too. Yet it is still perfectly even. The arch is still the main focus. But the horizon also draws the whole picture together. Cool!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    • Thanks, glad you noticed that. That’s exactly what I was shooting for.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

  50. The sun is cool, too, I forgot to add! I like sun and shadow contrast in my pictures.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm

  51. This arch should be called “Cowbow Pants with Chaps” – it looks like the back side of a cowboy in jeans, wrapped in chaps. Go back and take a second look…go on..you’ll see it.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm

  52. This is seriously a breath taking photograph! In my years to come, I plan on visiting this amazing red rock state. I was looking around for some sites to learn how to take these type of pictures and found this one. I don’t know if it would apply to you as you are already very good at taking great pictures, but check it out anyway. Maybe a photo enthusiast would enjoy it even more. 🙂

    http://7b4b67z-dsusfx90tcpiph9te7.hop.clickbank.net/?tid=PHOTO

    April 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm

  53. awesome work adam. Looking forward to more!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm

  54. Great focus on the arch. 🙂

    April 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm

  55. nice! you are pretty awesome at HDR!

    April 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm

  56. What a gorgeous picture! I was there last Fall.
    Excited to see more pictures.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm

  57. agreciantale

    Beautiful photo!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm

  58. fotobug5

    gorgeous capture, Adam! two of my favourite colours together..blue & orange. 🙂

    April 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm

  59. That is stunning…! Just great. Thanks for running to capture this so you could share it with all. 🙂

    April 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm

  60. very beautiful shot!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm

  61. what an amazing scene!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm

  62. Thanks for sharing this post. These photos look excellent. Great job you have done with your blog.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:06 am

  63. hi Im from Malaysia, congratulation for ur post being in freshly pressed.

    anyway, it’s a beautiful picture 🙂

    April 15, 2011 at 1:03 am

  64. what a wonderful shot!

    April 15, 2011 at 1:47 am

  65. Very nice. I’d like to see the shot with the kids in it too. Scale can make the scene even more engaging. You might consider visiting the Badlands of South Dakota. I think you would enjoy it. I sure enjoyed this photo. Thank you.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:02 am

  66. great shot..keep it up, by the way, your link to the original shot doesnt seem to be working.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:27 am

  67. really nice =)

    April 15, 2011 at 2:28 am

  68. That’s a beautiful shot

    April 15, 2011 at 3:19 am

  69. Sublime! Kudos of FP.

    April 15, 2011 at 4:01 am

  70. hicketre2006

    Looks great!

    April 15, 2011 at 4:03 am

  71. mrthekidd

    That’s a beautiful photo, the colours are so bold and striking, and so much texture and detail on the arch.

    Congrats on FP’d

    April 15, 2011 at 5:07 am

  72. Spectacular photo! Looks like your plan to get up early and catch the early morning light worked out. The arch is amazing with the warm light.

    April 15, 2011 at 5:11 am

  73. Gorgeous picture. I have no photographic vocabularly so I’ll just say “Good work”!

    April 15, 2011 at 5:18 am

  74. WOW! amazing shots really rice.

    Thanks for sharing.

    April 15, 2011 at 5:50 am

  75. Katie Gou

    Beautiful picture, excellent focus!

    April 15, 2011 at 6:39 am

  76. americanepali

    Wonderful! I got engaged under the Delicate Arch a few years ago. It was picture perfect 🙂

    April 15, 2011 at 7:23 am

  77. What a wonderful picture, superb composition and awesome light 🙂

    April 15, 2011 at 7:56 am

  78. Stunning! The colors and the image are very vibrant and sharp. I love it! Keep posting, cool!

    April 15, 2011 at 8:05 am

  79. Missy

    Great photo it looks like Sedona, Arizona. I hope to see your work on flicker. God Bless

    April 15, 2011 at 8:15 am

  80. Wow. I love the colors! Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

    April 15, 2011 at 8:48 am

  81. barbaralongley

    Looks like the bottom half of a cowboy in chaps. You could photo-shop a torso, arms, neck and head . . .

    April 15, 2011 at 8:48 am

  82. Beautiful photo, Adam.

    Delicate Arch is one of my favorite places on earth. I remember hiking up to it alone, and there was ice and snow on that small narrow trail with the big drop off right before you see the arch. Beautiful scene.

    April 15, 2011 at 9:32 am

  83. That is a lovely photo.

    April 15, 2011 at 9:50 am

  84. That is gorgeous!

    April 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

  85. Barry

    Will definitely have to visit this site one day, thanks for the post.

    ~Barry

    April 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

  86. Surreal, nice shot. What camera setup are you using?

    April 16, 2011 at 5:12 am

    • Got a Nikon D90 with the kit lens. Nothing too special

      April 16, 2011 at 8:12 am

  87. So much beauty :’)

    April 16, 2011 at 6:09 am

  88. Amazingly beautiful! Your photo of the Arch calms the soul!

    April 16, 2011 at 7:10 am

  89. That is beautiful! I visited the arch in the middle of the day. You can’t not be impressed by it, but obviously the colors that you captured are just so much richer than how I remembered it. And yes, crazy crowded. It took some serious patience and crafty cropping to get a halfway decent photo without people. 🙂

    April 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

  90. Wonderfull Image! I’ve always wanted to go to Arches National Park. I’ll have to get there before this thing inevitably topples over.

    Thanks for sharing your photograph.
    Nate

    April 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

  91. A beautiful shot! I hope to get there some day. Congrats on being FP!

    April 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm

  92. Awesome! I hope to get there someday.

    April 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm

  93. Rudolf Vlcek

    spectacular scenery indeed!

    April 17, 2011 at 6:22 am

  94. Beautiful!

    April 17, 2011 at 8:47 am

  95. Beautiful photo, beautiful park!

    April 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm

  96. This is absolutely gorgeous!!

    April 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm

  97. Brandie

    Love the light and the contrast in colors from the sky and the stone arch. Great shot!

    April 17, 2011 at 11:08 pm

  98. Beautiful, this is one of my favorite regions in the world, and is the main inspiration for a lot of the work I do.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:33 am

  99. Very nice. I’d like to see the shot with the kids in it too. Scale can make the scene even more engaging. You might consider visiting the Badlands of South Dakota. I think you would enjoy it. I sure enjoyed this photo. Thank you.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:22 am

  100. Wow, that’s beautiful. I’m just about to book my vacation to Sedona and this picture gives me a glimpse of things I’ll see.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:05 am

  101. Beautiful! It’s amazing the light you can get in the early mornings… and yet it’s not enough motivation for me to get up early. 😀

    April 22, 2011 at 3:49 am

  102. Wow, that’s beautiful. I’m just about to book my vacation to Sedona and this picture gives me a glimpse of things I’ll see.

    April 26, 2011 at 5:03 am

  103. Very nice. I’d like to see the shot with the kids in it too. Scale can make the scene even more engaging. You might consider visiting the Badlands of South Dakota. I think you would enjoy it. I sure enjoyed this photo. Thank you.

    May 26, 2011 at 2:43 am

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