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Stunning. I imagine one would feel very small standing there looking through that arch at the canyon beyond. Thank you Chris.
The sun light bouncing off of the rocks make the whole arch and canyon appear to glow, and the amazing spires are an treat to see.
This picture is really pretty. The sun's rays look like they are trying to reach the ground. I like how you can't see the sun, but you can see the rays clearly.
this photo is amazing because you got the sun set in it. And you got the back around to. And the other formations behind it
This is really cool i like how the sun is shining through. I also like how you can see other rocks in the distance.
This is a cool photo i like that the back ground is bleary and the close to you is clear.also i like that the sun is making Rainbow.
thank u Chris.i realy do like it
I really did like the image at first sight but the more I view it, the more I see that there are some problems with it. Is the subject the arch, the Sun, or the lens flare?
Googling "Mesa Arch" and viewing the images page shows that this may be one of the most spectacularly photographed natural arches around. (This image shows up there as well) I'm not sure what you were trying to accomplish with this shot, other than highlighting the lens flare.
While there is not much of the image underexposed there are large portions overexposed. I suppose this is why Ansel Adams rarely included the Sun directly in his shots. (I can't think of any offhand) The subject has a dynamic range that exceeds the media, or as Adams would say; It's outside of the Zone.
If this was scanned with a high enough bit depth some dodging could possibly be done, but it would be very, very difficult because of the lens flare. There could also be other options, if there were some bracketing shots. Adams did this as well but instead of digital layer masking in Photoshop he actually used physical layer masks during the printing process.
I still love film chemistry media, I would love to get my hands on a good 8x10. Lots of great images, that are much better than this particular one, on your website as well. Thanks for sharing.
You can check out more of my images at http://www.lensjoy.com. As Xava noted, preparation was important. I arrived very early, about an hour before sunrise. With a 4x5 camera, one must focus the image upside down on a glass screen before exposure. Focusing for this shot is fairly straightforward but it's done in very low light, and rechecked as the sun came up. I took a couple of photos when the sun just broke the horizon, but the best light on the bottom of the arch is just before the sun goes above it. I watched on the ground glass screen and when the sun was just about there, I slid the film holder in and took the shot. Light metering was with a handheld spot meter. I took readings from the distant sky, bottom of the arch, and foreground sandstone to arrive at the best exposure.
My God, this is truly a beautiful picture. I've been following the photo of the day for a while now and this is really is one the most breathtaking pictures I've seen.
The frame that the rocks provide on the horizon is amazing, the sun rising and creating the rainbow patterns just tops it all off. Thank you @Chris Carvalho
I was there on a rainy day and it was still so awesome. Brings back great memories. Really nice photo Chris
@Cason Purell The little tree (top center left) is growing in the sandstone. I think it's a juniper. These are all over in rock formations in the park and it is amazing how they survive. The arch itself is only about ten feet away from the camera; I used a wide-angle lens to fit it into the frame but not show too much of the sky above it, which was mostly clear and not that interesting.
@Bodell Cougars Me too!!!
@matthew slenderman I have been there!