We moved to Utah for the mountains. But we came to love the desert. They go hand in hand. In those few minutes after the sun breaks the eastern horizon at dawn, the sandy desert floor and the towering rock monuments are bathed in light.
One of the photographic challenges of low angle light at sunrise is keeping yourself out of the photograph. This particular area of Arches National Park near Courthouse Towers is a favorite of mine. From sand to slickrock to redrock buttes, it has something in every direction. But on this particular morning, I was frustrated trying to keep myself out of the frame. Finally, I decided to embrace it.
This personal portrait was self timed exposure where I chose to make myself a part of the photograph. I love the brightly colored sand (yes, it really does glow like that in the morning) and the vivid black of my shadow.
Photographed during the Moab Photo Symposium.
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 20-24 DX
Aperature: f 16