Delicate Arch is THE photographic icon in Utah. It is almost impossible not to have seen an image of this place.
So, how do you come up with an image that is yours? We got there in the afternoon to attempt some sunset shots, but the weather was horrible. Didier came with the brilliant idea to challenge all photography books and go up there in the dark, almost 2 hours prior to sunrise. We where three and I placed my two companions in the image. Didier to the right and Steve to the left. Hello you two. It seems that you two are picking up a fight with Goliath while in the background the sun starts to provide a feast of colors in the sky.
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I have looked at this image several times and I do not believe that it is tilted. I have been here numerous times and this looks just the way it should. The illusion I believe is the Manti-La Sal's in the BG they are not parallel to the lens as the range gets further away from the lens as it travels to the right. In other words the left side of the mtn. range is closer to Delicate Arch than the right side.
My 2-cents for what it's worth.
Johnpboehringer (2011/12/21 23:39:09): Jim, I thank you for your honest words. I looked again into the image with a critical eye and I believe that there is not tilt in the image. I am used to always use a bubble on my camera to ensure that the image is straight. However, there is always the possibility to have an image, once it is extracted out of the context, to appear tilted. I will try to do some experiments and see how it will impact.
Several reasons fo liking this photo.
At first the site, what extraordinary landscape, we do not grow tired of dreaming about it, even if it is so often photographed!
Second, the quality of this composition, with the choice of the lightlow-angle shot and the two silhouettes that accentuate the Then Dantesque appearance of the scene.
Then this beautiful sky at daybreak.
Finally, the choice of hour is determining ...
But all this was already said in your comment.
An admiring hello from Paris.
Diesen Bogen hat man wirklich schon oft gesehen - aber Du zeigst ihn wirklich noch etwas interessanter. Alles lässt sich eben noch steigern - oder jedenfalls fast alles ;-)
Diese beiden Männlein (Entschuldigung, die Herren!) ergeben mit ihren Silhouetten einen wunderschönen Maßstab und einen weiteren das Bild bereichernden Blickpunkt, der aber trotzdem nicht von diesem Naturwunder ablenkt. Zu erwähnen sind noch die unglaublichen Farben, die das Ganze zu einem wahren Augenschmaus machen. Ein tolles Foto!
Herzliche Grüße aus dem heute morgen tief verschneiten Westfalen - aber weiße Weihnachten werden wir wohl trotzdem nicht haben!
Buin (2011/12/21 01:18:41): Gut, dann eben "Zwerge" ... ;-))dkeus31 (2011/12/20 15:22:38): pas auf was du sagst ;-)
Seems you found that touch of magical gradient light ;-)
Looks really good my friend, the light, the colours and adding those two on the rock brings in a great extra detail.....beautiful shot in light, colour and composition. Steve is already seeing tones and tons of dollars coming in, typical American ;-)))))))
Well done for hiking up there in the dark.....I suppose it's marginally safer than hiking down after sunset.
Even in silhouette this icon is recognisable and I love the silhouettes of your friends on the left adding something different. Of course the main beauty is the stunning gradation of the sky.
You might just have over-done the sharpening to present it here(sharp halo round the arch) ...but I know your original is still there with no sharpening at all.
A rarely seen sunrise at Delicate Arch. Makes a huge difference. Putting the others in the shot was a sacrifice for those photographers, though; I hope you made it up to them! Kath is right that there's a halo there, probably a side effect of sharpening.
that's a great image, you should have been only the guide and not making better pictures than mine, wowsome ;-)))
The gradients are superb, seems I have to work on my files now...
I saw this the other day but was out of whack I didn't comment.
This is a very unique perspective on Delicate Arch and I think this even surpasses some of Tom Till's images of the arch. Most, almost all, are shot at sunset and I have seen some with the moon over the arch and golden light on the Manti-La Sal Mountains in the BG but never a sunrise. Walking the trail in the twilight at the end of the day can be bad enough but trying to find the trail in the dark at 0400 must have been a real challenge. I love the transition of the pastel colors from yellow to blue in the sky and the subtle details of the arch in the shadows. The models really give good scale to the size and scope of the arch and the bowl. BRAVO! this should be a big seller I am thinking.
Stunning! One of your best.
Just went back for another look - I think I would use a mask on the sharpening layer and town down the halos around the arch. Just my 2-cents.
jwmunro (2011/12/22 16:08:58): No big deal Pat that's how I got a lot of mine. Pay it forward....
Merry Christmas to you and Larry.
Johnplimrn (2011/12/22 13:35:29): Hi John,
As always, I appreciate your generosity in sharing your knowledge.
HLJ, Patjwmunro (2011/12/22 00:26:19): Peter -
When I get down to sharpening I composite the image using "ctrl+alt+shift+E" (make sure you are at the top of the layer stack). This produces a composite layer without flattening so you can reverse any sharpening you don't like by deleting the layer and starting again. Once you have sharpened using your preferred technique add a layer mask and with a black brush about 50%-70% paint one strike along the haloed edge to tone it down or eliminate it. I think on a edge this bright you don't need that much sharpening. With this technique you can experiment with unsharp mask, high pass, NIK Sharpen, etc. while still having all your layers in tact. One caveat, is to turn off text layers, background layers (white), strokes, etc before compositing as you don't want the sharpening to affect those layers. The artifacts sometimes can be really messy.
Even with the halo this is a winner. See ya next year - I am already better and I am planning on leaving a week from Thursday.
Johnpboehringer (2011/12/21 23:36:00): John, I do not know what to say. Thank you so much for your words!
A mask on the sharpening layer. Can you fill me in so I do not look that stupid? :-)
Those two "models" make it perfect, Peter, adding some scale and life to the dream of colours and light. Wonderful exposure to have some ideas of the foreground rocks and the dream of light in the sky. Astonishing result reading your note about some time before sunrise and to see that it was ISO 100 and only 1/4 seconds. Good that both kept their position in that quarter of a second.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
It sure was worth of go there prior to sunrise and get this fascinating photo. The idea of having the arch silhouetted with the stunning colours of the sky as background makes this shot very strong. Including your friends not only gives a scale but is a fine element otherwise too in this fine composition. Wonderful shot!
There is nothing I can say that adds to the extensive and well-written critiques you have already received: the color gradient is eye-popping yet natural, the two men add perfect balance to the arch and your shutter speed adds believable detail to the arch. Like you, I best appreciate the discussion of techniques that increase the member's skill. I'll be coming back here often until I get John's sharping layer down as I have with Steve's 'blend-if,' layer.
Uma maravilha de registro com um belíssimo gradiente. Uma cena cinematográfica e bela. E ainda podemos ver detalhes nas sombras!Show de bola!!
Abraços e ótimo Natal para você e toda a sua família!