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

Posts tagged “utah

Reaching for the Sky

Here is another image from my brief Arches National Park visit this past summer.  On my way back down I was able to enjoy the scenery compared to my rush up to Delicate Arch to catch sunrise.  The crazy forms that the trees out there take from the harsh environment are awesome!  The only other place I’ve seen this such form would be high in the mountains of the Rocky’s.  Have you seen trees like this anywhere else?



On your way up to Delicate Arch, or down in my case, you pass some wicked looking trees.  I had to try to capture some of these and this was one of the photos that I liked the best.  I still had good like from the sunrise to get some dramatic shadows and good lighting.  It’s interesting how some of the trees, like this one, grow horizontal.  I figure they don’t grow that fast because of the extreme climate conditions.   I like how the trees have a very small amount of new green foliage that eventually twists and turns into a really detailed and complex knot to form a trunk.  In a way they are a beautiful piece of natures art.

I hope everyone has a great weekend with good opportunities for some awesome shots!

Here Comes the Sun

I’m having a lot of fun going through my Arches National Park pictures from this past summer.  After learning so much in the past few months I have been able to process pictures that before looked horrible after processing.  It is a lot of fun to learn new things!  That is one thing I love the most about photography, there is so much to learn!  I captured this shot just as the sun started to peak over the edges of the cliffs.  I like how you get a hint of light starting to hit Delicate Arch.

I hope everyone is having a good week.  I’m trying to get use to my new schedule with the new job.  It has dug into my photography a bit so far.  I hope for it to get more consistent soon.

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.