Well, technically, it was Grand Junction, not Utah. I had a very busy four day business trip to Grand Junction, CO and after spending countless hours taking care of a problem at work, I had a pleasure of visiting Moab, UT on the last day for a few hours. Woke up very early in the morning at around 3:45 AM and headed out to Dead Horse Point to make it there right before the sunrise. As I was driving the last 10 miles to get to the park, I saw seven cars slowly driving through the steep turns of Canyonlands. Who else would be driving that early? A group of photographers, of course! I was first following them, but then they were too slow and I was hurrying to get to the right spot at least 30 minutes before sunrise. So I stepped on gas and passed all seven cars at 90 miles an hour. I could tell they were pissed! Oh well, I wasn’t going to miss sunrise after 2+ hours of driving.
Arrived at the spot at about 6:20 AM and the sun came out at 6:42. Although the clouds were not as pretty, seems like I managed to capture a couple of shots that I like. I have not yet finished importing the files into Lightroom, but I will be working on some of those this weekend.
Meanwhile, here is me standing on the edge of the cliff:
And here is how it looks down there, with the nearest rock at approximately 300-400 feet below:
I took my trusty Nikon D700 along with the Nikon 16-35 for all photographs. I’m just loving f/8-f/16 range with this lens for landscape photography! Took a few panoramic shots hand-held, which turned out very nice (will post those tomorrow).
As I was leaving the Dead Horse Point at around 8:30 AM, the same group of photographers in seven cars arrived to the park. I knew that they spent the morning at Mesa Arch (where else would you be at sunrise?), so I decided to ask one of them how it was up there. He said “it was all right” and gave me one of those arrogant looks…probably recognized my car from the morning :) Then a familiar face popped out of the group in sunglasses – it was Matt Kloskowski himself – the author of Lightroom Killer Tips. Wanted to approach and talk to him, but he was busy getting his gear ready and talking to others, so I didn’t bother to disturb him.