Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Arches in Color

North Window Arch, Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah

A day before the images of my previous post, our Road Scholar photo tour was in Arches National Park to photograph Balanced Rock, Turret Arch, and the Window Arches (north and south) at sunset.

The afternoon was filled with mixed clouds -- initially not overcast, but growing thicker by the hour.  Here's the sky at our first photo stop, Balanced Rock:

But by the time we got to the Windows section, the clouds were piling up.  This is Turret Arch:

And in the west, clouds blocked the sun, except for a small gap:

So we did the best we could with the light we had, and waited . . . hoping that the sun would move into that gap and give us a blast of direct light.  

Sure enough, it did.  We could see it beginning to emerge, and everybody was getting ready . . .

Then, BOOM!   It was like someone turned on a spotlight . . .

And then, in less than 15 minutes, it was over.

As the light faded, the North Window Arch looked like the right eye socket on the face of a giant:

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  1. Lance, Having been there, I know how difficult it is to get images that show the power and the beauty. You have done a great job of showing off the beauty of the rocks and sky, and integrating the people into the environment. / Barry

  2. I particularly like the drama of this last image of the "eye" of the North Window arch. The compressed perspective brings those distant clouds up close.