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I came across some works by American author Edward Abbey, particularly ‘Desert Solitaire’ which he wrote in 1968. This book is about Abbey’s time as a park ranger in the US South-West.
There was one section where Abbey wrote about Delicate Arch, one of the locations I visited back in October. I decided to combine these words with an oil painting effect on one of my images from the park.
Received a surprise email from a new friend made during my trip to the US in October. Lynn Haynes joined Joe Rowland and me as ‘car buddies’ when driving to the different locations during the Scott Kelby / Bill Fortney workshop.
I’ve posted a few photos from the Delicate Arch near Moab, and they just didn’t do the size of the rock formation justice. Thankfully, whilst I was taking some of these photos, Lynn was taking a photo of me at the same time. He was gracious enough to send me a copy of this photo which shows just how large it is in comparison to little ‘ol me.
Mesa Arch is located in Canyonlands National Park, near Moab, Utah. The canyons, mesas and buttes were formed by the Colorado and Green Rivers.
Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor to the park, described the Canyonlands as “the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere.”
Mesa Arch is probably one of the most photographed rock formations in Utah, well it certainly felt that way when we arrived before sunrise to find a mass of photographers (what is the name for a group of photographers?) already positioned waiting for the sun to hit the underneath of the arch. An extra 15 of us arrived to make for a very cosy session, elbow to elbow, which at times had potential to become quite heated.
Surprisingly most photographers left just after the sunrise occurred, however the brilliant orange you can see under the arch remained for at least 30 minutes, giving us the opportunity to move around and take some different angles without having to worry about walking through another person’s shot.
I mentioned the foreboding cloud mass in the previous entry, well those sentiments were justified when the heavens opened upon us.
Thankfully this was only for a short time; not long enough to force fellow photographer Joseph nor I (aka crazy men in storm carrying metal objects) to pack our gear away and run for the safety of the car. No, we remained staunch and battled the elements till the end.
The end produced some interesting images, especially considering it was pitch black and the wind was being more than a nuisance with cameras sitting on tripods.
This photo is a slight misrepresentation, in that I’ve layered 3 or 4 exposures together to produce one almighty storm (shhh, don’t tell anyone). This may not have been what we saw, but believe me, there were times I felt this is what was in front of us.
More images and a different perspective can be found on Joseph Rowland’s site at rowlandphotography.wordpress.com (or just follow this link directly to the storm photos).