August 2014 – Moab, Arches National Park

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

As not all sun is created equal, another exercise from a photography course is shooting in full sun. With nothing to block the light, choosing the right time of day to shoot is even more important. Middle of the day is the most difficult time of day to shoot since the light is coming from overhead.

Located just 5 miles north of Moab is Arches National Park, which contains the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Although over 2,000 arches are located within the park, you can also find an outstanding variety of other geological formations such as colossal sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, soaring pinnacles and dwarf landscaping trees.

A paved scenic drive took us to many of the major viewpoints within the park while many easy trails led us right up to many of the largest arches. While hiking on a well used trail in the middle of the day, a dried up dwarf tree got my attention and I instantly decided to capture its silhouette blocking out the sunlight…what do you think of the outcome?


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