Photo Spot Summary
Country: United States
GPS Latitude: 38.469662
GPS Longitude: -109.740791
Photo Spot Details
I have visited the Dead Horse Point State Park many times, but never had the luck to get beautiful sunrise colors. I kept on coming back, over and over until I finally got what I was looking for. It was a very cold and extremely windy morning – I was the only person in the park and it was a bit scary to come out of the car. After walking to my favorite spot (marked on the map), I set up my tripod pretty low and tried to stay closer to the ground, because of how bad and gusty the wind was. The sky was quite cloudy and I thought it would be another day with no luck. But I was wrong – within the next few minutes, the Sun’s rays pierced through the clouds and gave me a very short window to capture the above image. It was an absolutely amazing and breathtaking moment worth patiently waiting for!
Travel and Gear Tips
- The best time to photograph the Dead Horse Point is at sunrise, so get there at least an hour earlier
- Bring a stable tripod and if the weather forecast shows gusty winds, make sure to bring a heavy duty tripod – you do not want your gear flying off those sharp cliffs!
- A wide to medium range zoom lens is ideal, so if you have a 24-70mm or a 24-120mm equivalent, it would work great for the above shot
- A polarizing filter is a must-have to bring to reduce haze in the distance and enhance colors
- Definitely use that polarizing filter, unless you are shooting a panorama as above
- If the sky gets very bright, it might be a good idea to bring 2 stop GND filter to balance out the exposure
- Keep your ISO as close to base ISO as possible in order to be able to recover the most amount of dynamic range
- There is no reason to shoot at very wide or small apertures on a tripod, so use your lens’ sweet spot, which is generally between f/5.6 and f/8