Arches National Park: Play of Nature
This trip had a couple of firsts:
Our clients asked us to be their mentors on a 4 day trip to Moab (mainly Arches National Park). Here is a brief outline of our experience and some of our photos. We may add later also some student portfolios.
Our clients also used 2 Canon 1Ds, Gitzo carbon tripods (1325) and a good set of lenses (including the 400mm DO). On location Bettina and I discussed with our client mainly composition and things like white balance/exposure.
Early up in San Jose to catch the 6:20am flight to Denver. Check-in of our two backpacks with a minimal but yet sufficient camera/lens set was no problem. Tripods without the heads were checked in (protected by bubble wrap).
10am: Clients pick us up at Denver airport with a nice Yukon XL.
5pm: Arrival in Moab and immediately into the Arches National Park
7-9pm: Photographing at the Windows section, weather with to much overcast
4:45am: Drive to the tower section (Courthouse Tower) of the park. Still dark on the arrival.
5:25: on location
6am: photographing before sunrise
6:40: sunrise, only some more shots
7:45am: brief visit at the Horse Shoe State park. Strong overcast
3pm: Checking locations because of strong rain: Fiery Furnace, Devil's Garden, Delicate Arch
5pm: Clients want to make a hike through the Fiery Furnace (permit required). We want to use the time for some photographs. This was the best decision ever:
The photos we took during a period of about 20 minutes were worth the trip alone.
7-9pm: Sunset shots
5:15am: Into the park to photograph the Delicate Arch in morning light.
6am: Dropping the 1Ds + 70-200mm f/2.8 IS (read our 1Ds diary). 1Ds is working, the lens is not.
6:20: on location, we were limited to our 24-70mm lens
9:15am: back to Moab
10am: Ran into Tom Till's gallery. Great work.
11am: Nap after the breakfast
1pm: Short intro into the digital workflow using Capture One DSLR and Photoshop
2:pm: Back into the park
2:30pm: Hike into the Fiery Furnace (hard to describe but wonderful experience)
7-9:30pm: Sunset was spoiled by a cloud layer. Clients photographed the full moon, but we did not have the best position.
9am-4pm: Trip back to Denver airport
6pm: Tornado warning in the airport
10pm: back in time at home in San Jose
We believe that all parties had some great four days. Key to the success was the great hospitality of our clients that gave the trip a real family feeling. The Arches National Park was an exceptional experience. The post-processing of the photos also took many hours but some of the first 20" wide print look really good and will be part of our next show in May (Gallery House).
All photos with Canon 1Ds/10D and 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 IS lens
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