Thursday, October 23, 2008

Delicate Arch

I went to one of the most famous photography locations tonight - the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. It was a fairly strenuous hike to get up there and I was surprised at how many people were there waiting for sunset. Every now and then a tourist would walk under the arch for a snapshot, much to the dismay of the large photographer mob. I was pleased when someone would walk under the arch - it added a human element for scale and improved the marketability of the photo. Immediately after sunset, most photographers took off and missed the fantastic afterglow light. I was glad that a couple of other photographers stayed later, so I had someone to hike back down with. It was pitch black and we had a tough time following the path!

I hope these look ok... I've prepped them on my laptop, weary eyed in my poorly lit van.
Let me know.

EOS 1Ds mark III
Photo 1: 17-40mm with Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer

Photo 2: 24-70mm; Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer

Photo 3: 17-40mm; Singh-Ray Gold n Blue polarizer with 2 stop hard edge ND grad;
30 second exposure at f/14
The best light for landscapes is often after sunset (or before sunrise).


  1. Anonymous12:28 AM

    beautiful usual (and for the record you left just in time - it was snowing North of Toronto Tuesday and Wednesday).

  2. Anonymous1:30 PM

    As always Ethan... Beautiful work.

    And By the way... Happy Birthday.. :)

  3. Hi Ethan,

    Great shots! I'm looking forward to following your trip through this blog. Will you attempt to photograph the sunrise catching the underside of the arch?

    Greg McCracken, Fergus, ON

  4. Thanks for the nice words!
    Greg, I'm going to head up to Mesa Arch in Canyonlands for that classic shot of the arch illuminated from below - can't wait!

  5. Anonymous5:19 PM

    You truly are incredible. We will look forward to your trip. Aunt Lynn, uncle Stephen Happy B.D. KIDDO!

  6. Amazing photos Ethan!
    I work with your cousin Tonya and she e-mailed me the link for you because I too am a photographer.
    I am envious at what you're doing and I hope you're having as great a time as it seems to be by viewing your beautiful photographs.
    Much success and enjoy your time!

    R. Skorstad