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Apr 20, 2009 14:06 |  #1
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Okay - I have one MAYBE two days to photograph Arches. I'm going out there for a 4-wheeling trip and only have a free day or two to really get out there. Depending on what time we are done wheeling, I may be able to go to various areas for sunset shots. Won't know till I'm there and it happens. Could be on the trails until dark - never know.

Anyway - I need some help on where to go - anything in particular?

Delicate Arch - Best at sunset? Or should I try for sunrise?

Basically looking for a good spot for sunrise photos and sunset photos - I've never been and no time to scout on this trip.

If you have any suggestions for places to try, let me know. Thanks!


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Apr 21, 2009 02:53 |  #2

I'm beginning to be a fan of Google Earth in my planning.


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Apr 21, 2009 16:26 |  #3

OdiN1701 wrote in post #7768800 (external link)
Delicate Arch - Best at sunset? Or should I try for sunrise?

Could go either way, depending on the season. Right now, probably sunset.

IMAGE: http://www.rickdenney.com/images/delicate_arch_at_sunset_lores.jpg

But getting the shot without the people is always a challenge. This time of year, you might have wind storms and dust, too. April is usually a windy month on the Colorado Plateau.

Remember that it's a good hour's hike from the parking area to Delicate Arch. Bring a flashlight--you'll be going back in the dark.

Double Arch is good at sunrise:

IMAGE: http://www.rickdenney.com/images/windows_through_double_arch_lores.jpg

The road through the park is over 20 miles and the speed limit isn't high, so it will take an hour to drive down as far as the hikes around Landscape Arch. Since you guys are jeeping, you can take the jeep trail to the Klondike Bluffs, which makes a good day's activity. One of the best hikes was the Devil's Garden Trail, but it might still be closed because of the collapse last summer of the Wall Arch. Check first, though I'm sure it's open as far as the Landscape Arch. If you're short of time, the Double Arch is closer to the park entrance, and the trailhead to Delicate Arch a little further along--about halfway along the park road. If you want a closeup of Delicate, you must take the hike. The view from the road overlook is quite distant.

This one was taken from Panorama Point, about a third of the way into the park. It's a good place to park and watch the sunset if you don't want to hike.

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Apr 21, 2009 17:09 |  #4
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Thanks!


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Apr 21, 2009 23:10 |  #5

Rick---love that second shot!


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Apr 21, 2009 23:26 |  #6

Some of the must for photography....

Park Avenue

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North and South Windows
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Landscape Arch
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Wall Arch
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Delicate Arch
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In other words, just shoot everything with "arch" in it....:)


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Wall Arch collapsed last year.


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Apr 21, 2009 23:59 |  #8

OdiN1701 wrote in post #7779214 (external link)
Wall Arch collapsed last year.

Wall Arch? I was suspecting the "Landscape Arch," which was more "delicate" than the "Delicate Arch" itself.... Whichever it is, I'm glad I was there before the collapse but nevertheless deeply saddened.... :(



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Apr 22, 2009 17:59 |  #9

Wall Arch did collapse last year....however the photo above labeled as Wall Arch is actually Pine Tree Arch, which is still intact.


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Apr 22, 2009 18:05 |  #10

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Wall Arch did collapse last year....however the photo above labeled as Wall Arch is actually Pine Tree Arch, which is still intact.

You're correct. All this time I thought it was the "Wall Arch"... :oops:



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Apr 23, 2009 22:59 |  #11

Delicate Arch is not in its prime this time of the year. The nasty shadow has begun...

Photographing the Southwest Volume 1 by Laurent Martres should be your best friend if you don't know your way around and only have a few days. If you can't order it beforehand, you can pick up a copy in one of the several bookstores around town.

Moab is a magical place. Enjoy!

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