I love Arches National Park. This park is close to Moab and the park and region around it offers great photo opportunities. I Usually arrive at the park before sunrise and shoot for several hours during the morning light. I return to town for breakfast and day excursions and then return late afternoon for sunset. This shoot was made a few years ago. Sadly on my last visit, much of the scrub like what I used in the foreground had been removed. Even a tree I used in the past as a foreground was gone. This, I am happy to have an image like this. This was made with a Phase One IQ180 with a 28mm stopped down to f/22 for depth of field. Luckily it worked or I would have had to do some focus stacking. I can’t wait to go back to Moab, hopefully sometime this year.
The cool thing about Moab, Utah is you can stay in the village and with less than an hour driving time be in some amazing places. On one side of the highway is canyons and the other side arches. This was made in Arches National Park. Great hiking, lots of places to photograph. You’ll need at least several days to capture the area properly. Sunrise and sunset are the best times obviously. The air is clear and if you get there late October to early November you may get a beautiful dusting of snow.
Outside of Moab are two excellent National Parks. One of these is Arches National Park. This is an amazing park with a road that winds through some incredible sites. Dawn and dusk are the best times to shoot here and if the wether is good you will come away with some terrific images. This location is known as Skyline arch. The tree in the image is no longer there . It worked so beautifully in this image as a foreground. There are a lot of ways this particular arch can be photographed.
Not too far outside of Moab there are a number of great locations to make great images. This image was made from the state park there. A lot of beautiful images can be made here. They key is making them work. This one works because the tree plays off the curves of the canyon. Kind of an organic and inorganic thing.
Moab is a town you stay in and all around Moab are one of the country’s largest areas to shoot pictures. Amazing images abound around every turn. This is a photographer’s paradise as when the light decides to play you can get some great shots. This one was made in Arches National Park right outside of Moab.
Another image from an absolutely amazing trip to the Moab area. This shot was made at Sand Arch in Arches National Park. I used a Phase One IQ 180 camera and a new 28mm LS to create it. Using depth of field and selective focus I was able to keep everything sharp fro the foreground to the background. Add great light and it was not hard to get a good image. I used Capture One to add drama to the image and adjust the brightness of the tree trunk.
It’s been a good week in Moab. I was tagging along on workshops by workshops by Andy Biggs. We have been centered in Moab making excursions into Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. Both are amazing with spectacular overlooks and made for photographers. This shot was made an area called Fiery Furnace. I used a Phase One IQ180 and a 150mm lens to capture this shot. I ahve a few more images that will appear in coming days. This was just one of those moments where the right light and clouds just come together.
I have been working at an Andy Biggs workshop the last few days. We have had the chance to shoot some very cool vistas. This one was done in Arches National Park near Skyline Arch. We were shooting the arch and went back to the cars the back way. And, turning the bend I saw this view. The detail is amazing as it was made with a Phase One IQ 180 and DF+ camera.
I am in Moab area tagging along at 2 workshops being lead by Andy Biggs. Andy a good friend and Phase One user asked if I could come to these workshops and let attendees experience Phase One cameras. This is a shot made at skyline arch today. I found a number of cool angles and made a few nice images. You can count on seeing more. This was shot with a Phase One IQ180 camera and 28mm LS lens. The detail in the file at 80 MP is astounding.
I will be in the Moab area through Friday this week. I have been to Moab many times and it is a very cool areas for photographers to visit. Amazing how many are right now. My goal this trip is to shoot things differently. Like yesterday I shot everything with a long lens. The picture above was shot with the NEW 240mm lens from Phase One on a Phase One DF+ camera and IQ180 back. Absolutely amazing image quality. I will be shooting all week trying different lenses and or different angles to give me images that others don’t usually shoot or see. Game on.