Delicate Arch at Sunset

To be honest, I have not even had a chance to review all images from my Utah trip yet. One of the reasons is probably my frustration over the lost 8 GB of photographs, because of my own stupidity. I was so tired on the day we came back from the trip, that I completely forgot that I had photos from the last two days of the trip stored on one of the 8 GB flash cards that I had in my bag. I copied everything but that one card and never checked all of the images, assuming that I had everything.

Last Sunday we photographed a wedding and I happened to format and use that exact same card that contained the last two days of the Utah trip. I found out about it after we came home from the wedding and it was very painful to realize that those images are gone forever. I had plenty of great pictures on that card, including some sunrise pictures of the Dead Horse Point.

Oh well, next time I will know better!

Anyway, just wanted to show you a sunset image of the popular Delicate Arch that is proudly displayed on all license tags of Utah cars:

Delicate Arch at Sunset

I have plenty of different versions, but this one was taken from a slightly different angle from the top and therefore looks a little different compared to the popular versions, where the sky is visible through the arch.

This one was taken after the sunset:

Delicate Arch Different View

Nikon D700 @ 16mm, ISO 200, 1/320, f/8.0

One thing that was extremely annoying, was the fact that hikers did not care about the us – photographers and would not leave the arch area at sunset even for a second. I requested people to wait, but they wouldn’t listen… They would pose in front of the arch one after another, sometimes coming back several times to take more pictures. Those who did not take pictures just enjoyed spending time under the arch, looking around and taking their time.

That’s the bad thing about photographing a popular spot…it was like a zoo with people who just did not give a damn. And this is despite the fact that there is a note that asks people not to block the view of the arch for others.


  1. March 25, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Sorry to hear about the loss of images; I’ve done that before too! I have a card holder and I always put the cards in upside down if they have images on them to remind myself now.

    I too have had trouble getting shots with people milling around, such as the top of Mt Katahdin in Maine, especially with panoramics. Sometimes a panoramic is more interesting if there are people in it, and so I try to use it to an advantage when I can. Other times I’ll take several images as people mill about and then I can remove the people via PhotoShop’s image stack feature before creating the panoramic. Works well unless light is changing rapidly or I’m doing an HDR with exposure bracketing.

    • March 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      Aaron, thanks, I guess it’s just a fact of life that we lose stuff every once in a while :) I think going forward I will be either putting cards in a different place or find a way to label them.

      The stacking method is a pretty cool idea. I will definitely give it a try next time!

      By the way, what do you think about the first shot of the Delicate Arch? Now that I look at it at work, I feel like it is over-saturated…

  2. March 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I tend to really like slightly over-saturated images, some people have commented that mine were a bit too much, but I don’t care. I don’t take a photo to make it match the original scene exactly; I take a photo to tell a story or share an emotion. When I do real estate photography, that’s a different matter, I try very hard to match original look and color 100% to accurately portray what it really looks like to a potential buyer. But scenic/nature, it’s whatever I want it to say! :-P I think your shot looks fantastic with the contrasting blue and orange, even if it’s larger than life.

    • March 30, 2010 at 11:39 pm

      Aaron, thank you for your feedback! I posted some more images of the Delicate Arch in my Utah Trip posts.

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