Viewing: The American Southwest

Delicate Arch

Arches National Park, UT

Delicate Arch by Eric Reynolds - Landscape Photographer

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The Story

It only took one photo to know I had to go see Delicate Arch in person. Fast forward to July 2013 and I finally got my chance. I knew little of the park, what it would take to get there, or even much about the area. I just knew I had to see the arch. It was one of those bucket list photos - you know, when you see a photo and would do anything to capture a similar one yourself.

A quick stop by the visitor center and a conversation with the ranger later, and I was on my way. After a grueling 1.5 mile uphill trek in 100+ degree, mid-summer heat with the unrelenting sun as my companion, I found myself at the top. After a drink of water, and a few deep breaths, I was able to take in my surroundings.

Even among the 80-or-so other people at the “bowl” which circles the arch, I felt like I was the only one there. I got right to work, finding the perfect, unique angle, and with a storm approaching, got some amazing lighting and clouds. The rich reds and oranges contrasting the sky and surrounding rock structures were breathtaking. It was everything I had chalked it up to be!

So. Here it is, a check off of my photo bucket list. I hope this photo becomes your bucket list photo and inspires you to take the trip! You won’t regret it.

Image Details

Camera: Nikon D300

Lens: Nikkor 14-24 f2.8

ISO: 200

Aperture: 11

Exposure: 1/125 second