Canyon lands National Park/Arches NP Utah My shootout

DanspageDanspage Major grinsPosts: 196Registered Users Major grins
edited April 14, 2010 in Journeys
I have been to Moab many times recently and thought I would share what I have, hope you like the the photos and info. As I keep going on Journeys in Utah, I will add more photos. My new photos will be placed at the start of this post.

Arches Nat Park and Goblin - March 2010.

I was in arches for night photos and anything else I can shoot in this god awful desert place. Sand, Rock and dust as far as the eye can see. You have to decide which lens you are going to use before you leave the hotel. What a place, boy am I thirsty.
Noooo we had a great time last night. It was the first time shooting the rocks at night. Mater of fact it was my first time ever panting with light. We stayed out till 11:30, the moon was out but we had no wind at all, temp was about 39deg's. All in all it was a great night for photos.

If you plan to do this a few hints, if you want sharper stars you need to keep your ISO up above 600iso and f stop more open for a faster Exp. time. It is imposable to focus the camera at night so you have to find a focus spot on the lens next to the infinity mark. Problem is many lenses let you focus past this mark and your lens glass acts different when cold and hot. I found that on a cold canon 17-40 f4 l lens your focus at 17mm is just before the start of the infinity mark. Now for the biggest hint is to go out and pick up a light from http://site.gregmcgeeengineering.com/Home.php . The one that I used was MTE M3-2I Flashlight CREE 740 Lumen . I also picked up 4 reachable battery's and charger. This thing is a super nova, about the size of a mini mag with the light out put of a 1candle watt heavy lantern. To save the battery I used this thing for the exposure only but found that you can get over 30 minuets of full power from one battery. Enjoy.

Night1
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Night2
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Night3
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Night4
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Night5
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Night6
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Night7
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Night8
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Night9
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Night10
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New Photos from Goblin at night. We had two nights but the wind was so bad that I had to keep inside or be sandblasted, so we lost one night.

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Goblin2
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Goblin5
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Goblin6
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Goblin8 This one was as I was walking out at 9:30pm.. It kind of funny- scary.
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A few form the drive in for the night photos in March 2010.
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Day 2 2010
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Day3 2010
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Day 4 2010
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Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

Lets start with Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. We were up and out by 6:00am. Burger King
is about the best you can do for fast food in Moab. Then off to Meas Arch.

The drive to the Meas Arch was about 60mins from Moab, including a pit stop at the first out house
in the park.

From the parking lot at Meas Arch it's only a short walk on a nice trail. If you have any non photographers
with you have them bring a chair or blanket.The light show under the arch can last for over an hour. Only 20
photographers were staking out a spot with their tripods on the day I went. I'm not sure about how much
space is in behind the arch but I can tell you I was late to the party and had to weave my tripod legs
around others.

Because of all the people at the edge of the arch when I arrived (late, march 26 at 07:20)I had only two
photos that I could take,The right and left side. The hump was occupied by hump nazis, lol. The only lens
that would work for me was my 12-24mm on a D200. No filters,even the panos were done at 24mm.

This is the right side of Mesa Arch at 7:34.
#1 This photo took 2Nd place at Betterphoto.com
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The guy to my left on some of the hump saw the photo and quickly raised his tripod to get the same sun flair, lol.

#3 This is a pano done at 12mm on a d200 hand stitched. At this time I did not have a program to stitch with.
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#5 This is a little darker I think I like it better.
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On the next few photos I was attempting to show how polished the sandstone under the arch was from
all the photographers moving around over the years.
I felt the sand stone it's amazing not like glass but it does have a shine in the right light.


#7 Polished Altar of Mesa Arch 2
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#9 A small pine growing out from the rock along the trail out of Mesa Arch.
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We next decided to take Shaffer Rim Road down to the lower canyon and White Rim Trail. This is a very winding,
very steep and narrow nerve racking road. I have since herd of many people that could not drive down this road.
At white rim trail we turned right for about 40min then turned around and went back by way of potash road.

#11 If you want to do this in one day, you need to visit Dead Horse Point while on the top of the canyon,
then go back to Schaefer Rim Road, an SUV is a must.
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#12 This is a pano of the wall at Dead Horse Point.
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#13 This photo was taken down the walking trail at Dead Horse Point. You can see the road
below and the Colorado River
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#18 This day I only used my wide 12-24 Nikon lens for the wide Shafer Road photos.
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I was trying to show the ledge that I was walking on with the pot holes and glittering sandstone.
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I did not go to close to the edge about one foot away was about all I could do. It was quite a drop off.:grim :grim
This rock had many light colors of liken. I did my best to show it.
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#23 I sure was close to the edge on the next two.
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#24
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#25This flower was the only thing in bloom March 24 2008.
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Next we took the road down back to Moab, Potash road, I did not take any
photos on the dirt part.

A part of Potash Road is a "Dry" river in a slot canyon. Potash Road has a lot
of Indian petroglyph's on the walls of the Canyon along the paved part.

#26 Jug Handle Arch.
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#27 If you take this road you should have a jeep.
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We took the photos of the petroglyph's on a different day before the trip down Shafer Rim road
to Pot Ash Road. At that time we did not know that this road went up to Shafer Rim road.
I still think that you could do all of this in one day.

We took the photos just after 12:00 noon . The rock had a lot of glare from the sun but a
Pol. filter on the 55-200mm Nikon did very well. The petroglyph's were in the shade by 2:30pm.

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#35 This is a large photo I like the people hand in hand .
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#36This one is kinda cool looking, a very chubby group.
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This is the last one of Canyon Lands trip. This one is of a Bear
I was told is a rare petroglyph.

I hope you enjoyed the trip, and can soon go yourself.
Thanks.

#39
Next Arches!!!!
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Ok Now I have a little time to show a little of Arches Nat. Park

This one is the back side of the north window on Windows Arch towards Turret Arch
In the morning. I actually went to shoot Dubble Arch first but it was in the shade.
Note for next trip, " Double Arch afternoon photo".
Large 10 photo Pano. The Jpeg file was 32 Mb I had to reduce it for smugmug.
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The Pano was not needed just playing around. If you have a very wide lens you can
get what need in one photo. 12mm on a D200 3.25.2008
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#44 This one looks like it would be better in the after noon. Taken on the way out of the park. 3.25.2008
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#50 I also took the hike to Delicate Arch in the morning looking to try to shoot something
that I haven't seen before. Most of the photos that I have seen were afternoon photos.
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#51You need to take great care walking over to this and many of the angles I was standing
at. One slip and its game over after a 300 foot slide and 500 foot drop of the cliff.
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#55 On the way out don't forget to visit the Indian rock art just before the ranch.
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Balanced Rock area is a place that I would like to visit a few more times at different
times of the day. I only stopped once.

#56 A few photos from the parking lot.
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#58 A few wide photos with 18-70mm Nikon
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#60Three Gossips Towers.
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#63 Just a few odds and ends
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My wife had me put a 1.5foot by 6foot photo of this over our bed in the bedroom,
kid you not! She named it
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Phallicus Sandstoneacus
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Its tough being a guy

Don't make me take a photo of the bedroom and show you.. lol......
Daniel
http://danspage.smugmug.com/
Scratch Nikon I switched to
Canon 5d mark II

Comments

  • EphTwoEightEphTwoEight Major grins Posts: 552Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 30, 2008
    Wow! Fantastic! thumb.gif Living in South West Utah, and I never get over there.
    We did take a week long river boat trip down that river. Its was awesome!
  • JovesJoves Village Idiot Posts: 200Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 30, 2008
    Wow! Fantastic! thumb.gif Living in South West Utah, and I never get over there.
    We did take a week long river boat trip down that river. Its was awesome!
    I live in Flagstaff and, dont make it up there enough either. I have to start going up there more myself. It is just I get stuck here with all the areas I have at hand, especially this year because of all of the run off we are getting.
    Nice shots by the way.
    I shoot therefore Iam.
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  • ehughesehughes Major grins Posts: 1,675Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 31, 2008
    Great shots, makes me want to hop in the car right now....
  • anwmn1anwmn1 Wandering the Desert Posts: 3,453Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 31, 2008
    Great Post!! clap.gif

    Can't wait for the shootout wings.gif
    "The Journey of life is as much in oneself as the roads one travels"


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  • Marc MuenchMarc Muench Artist in Residence Posts: 1,420Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 31, 2008
    Awesome post thumb.gif

    I have seen many images of Mesa Arch but you did it justicewings.gif Also I really enjoy your originality in shooting the guard wall at Deadhorse Ptclap.gifclap If you want to make some REAL big prints of those shots check this out!
  • ian408ian408 More wag. Less Bark. Posts: 21,229Administrators moderator
    edited March 31, 2008
    What Marc said.
    Moderator Journeys/Sports/Big Picture :: Need some help with dgrin?
  • DanspageDanspage Major grins Posts: 196Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 2, 2008
    Thanks for the nice remarks.
    Remember not to drink tomuch Beerbeer.gif .

    I can't wait for the post after you all get back from Arches.
    Daniel
    http://danspage.smugmug.com/
    Scratch Nikon I switched to
    Canon 5d mark II
  • pug8pug8 Slacker Grinner Posts: 113Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2008
    Magnificent set of photos, Dan.
  • longman40longman40 Beginner grinner Posts: 1Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited September 11, 2008
    Great Job
    Dan, that was a great adventure through Canyonlands, Arches, Shafer Road. Dead Horse and Potash with you. Wonderful work on your part, we just got back from there, we tried Shafer from the top and chickened out. got lots of shots from all those areas.
  • RaymondPhotosRaymondPhotos Big grins Posts: 94Registered Users Big grins
    edited May 26, 2009
    Great photos. Thanks for sharing.
  • 20DNoob20DNoob Major grins Posts: 318Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 27, 2009
    Outstanding images!
    Christian.

    5D2/1D MkII N/40D and a couple bits of glass.
  • schmooschmoo word nerd Posts: 8,468Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 27, 2009
    I don't know how I missed this one, but these are some fantastic views and some great stories. :) It's been a while since the shootout but it doesn't make your images any nicer to see. I love that you're so dedicated to catching the right light and visiting the same place under different conditions to shoot their best sides. thumb.gif
  • dlplumerdlplumer Major grins Posts: 8,010Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 10, 2010
    Dan, I recently returned from the same trip. I had almost the exact experience you had at Mesa Arch. I arrived there at abut 4:30 AM (pitch balack and 25° F) When I got to the the arch it was covered with photographers. I squeezed in at the far right side, but didn't stay as long as you, although I did go at midday and at sunset. If you are interested, you can see my Moab and Canyonlands shots on my smugmug site.

    Love your post and your shots.clap.gif

    Dan
  • WillCADWillCAD Grinning Buffoon Posts: 722Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 10, 2010
    Danspage wrote:
    My wife had me put a 1.5foot by 6foot photo of this over our bed in the bedroom,
    kid you not! She named it
    Phallicus Sandstoneacus
    233127908_F5SVe-XL-4.jpg
    Its tough being a guy

    Don't make me take a photo of the bedroom and show you.. lol......

    I hate to admit it, but I had the same thought at several of the sandstone formations in your pics. They made me feel vaguely uneasy...

    Anyway, beautiful series.
    What I said when I saw the Grand Canyon for the first time: "The wide ain't wide enough and the zoom don't zoom enough!"
  • dlplumerdlplumer Major grins Posts: 8,010Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 10, 2010
    WillCAD wrote:
    I hate to admit it, but I had the same thought at several of the sandstone formations in your pics. They made me feel vaguely uneasy...

    Anyway, beautiful series.

    I have the one down on the left, and I named it "Dildo Rock" rolleyes1.gif
  • DanspageDanspage Major grins Posts: 196Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 11, 2010
    Thanks for the comments dlplumer and willcad.

    I'm thinking about a trip to Moab and/or Goblin in March 20-27 2010. I would like to try a few night photos with spotlights. Any one going to be In Moab on 20-27th in March and has a big light?

    I'am Looking at rooms in Moab , the 20 Saturday is all but gone soon.
    Daniel
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    Scratch Nikon I switched to
    Canon 5d mark II
  • timk519timk519 Major grins Posts: 831Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 12, 2010
    Danspage wrote:
    I'am Looking at rooms in Moab , the 20 Saturday is all but gone soon.
    Go here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=51 and check out the "Tent space" and related threads for people in the Moab area who're willing to put people up for the night.

    Good luck!
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  • DanspageDanspage Major grins Posts: 196Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 14, 2010
    timk519 wrote:
    Go here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=51 and check out the "Tent space" and related threads for people in the Moab area who're willing to put people up for the night.

    Good luck!

    THANKS
    That's one great list of space for a tents and rooms but no Moab available.
    Daniel
    http://danspage.smugmug.com/
    Scratch Nikon I switched to
    Canon 5d mark II
  • timk519timk519 Major grins Posts: 831Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 14, 2010
    Danspage wrote:
    THANKS
    That's one great list of space for a tents and rooms but no Moab available.
    Try posting a note here then.
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  • ksjeeperksjeeper Big grins Posts: 18Registered Users Big grins
    edited January 14, 2010
    Great shots, my favorite spot in the US wings.gif
  • DanspageDanspage Major grins Posts: 196Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2010
    ksjeeper wrote:
    Great shots, my favorite spot in the US wings.gif

    Just added a few more photos done at night
    Enjoy
    Daniel
    http://danspage.smugmug.com/
    Scratch Nikon I switched to
    Canon 5d mark II
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