David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Mesa Arch

Recently made a trip to Moab, Utah.  One of the areas we visited was Mesa Arch.  I’ve seen hundreds of pictures of this iconic arch and always wanted to take “my” photo.  I read it was a short walk of 0.6 miles and rated as easy.  This had to have been a review for the younger generation and those who live in high altitudes.  This old boy lives at sea level where breathing is easy.  I huffed and puffed my way all the while hoping to get a good spot for my shot.

When I finally made it I was winded but determined.  Photographers were lined up or lets say they were laying down in position and ready for the sun rise.  I learned the first photographer usually sets the tone.  If he gets close, everyone does.  If he stands, like wise.  Thank goodness he was laying down because I needed to recover and catch my breath.  There is limited room up front for the iconic shot and I got the last one.  The photographer next to me was real nice about letting me squeeze in close.

All ready and waiting for the sun to pop in the distance.  It came out momentarily and then it hid in the clouds.  I just kind of shook my head as I could hear grumbling from others.  It was still nice and photos were taken by many.  After a very short period many had left and only a few remaining.  The clouds split and the sun came through.  I hurried to make a few captures.  I had to keep moving by inches as I tried to get the sun just right for a star burst effect.  It wasn’t perfect but it was “My” photo.  I knew I probably would never return and was one of the last down the trail.  My review, worth it and get there early.

Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24m, 5-Bracket HDR

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6 responses to “Mesa Arch

  1. Tim Timmis April 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    That’s an awesome shot David. Great job. Looks like you had a fun trip. Looking forward to seeing more of your shots.

  2. Lyle Krahn April 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I think I enjoyed the story as much as the shot (and that is saying something). It’s funny how sometimes it’s important to take “my” photo.

  3. Doug Haass April 4, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    David, I’ve been to Mesa Arch. I’ve shot Mesa Arch. My photo doesn’t stand up to the quality image you have created. The texture of the cap on the arch, color of light, starburst and even the flare add to the whole scene. I did not have such a clear view when I shot. I can see some haze, but it was heavy when I shot. I can relate to everything you experienced, including others being camped out earlier than me, though I was number 4 to get there.

    What many miss when describing this scene is Washer Woman Arch; visible under the arch, to the left and down from your starburst. You captured that whole scene under the arch wonderfully. Did you get under the arch and look down? It’s quite a drop!

    • dda53 April 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      I appreciate the words Doug. I did sneak a peak over the edge and gulp, it’s a long way down. I had to pull myself away from the camera and just enjoy the scenic view.

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