Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped bend in the Colorado River, located just outside of Page Arizona. The canyon is becoming more and more popular and there is word that they will be installing a platform and railing around the iconic viewing area. On one of the nights that I was there it was incredibly windy with gusts up to 30mph. The dirt and sand were blowing right into my eyes and the force was making it difficult to hold my tripod still. Since I was using a longer shutter speed and trying to bracket my shots I worried greatly that my images would not be sharp–many were.
I had to get close enough to the edge so that I could capture the entire bend without distracting foreground rocks in the way. Also, I had to watch out for other people-especially those with backpacks that stood near me. I didn’t want anyone bumping into me or my tripod. I was shocked by how many people allowed their young children to get dangerously close to the edge. I was also shocked at how many folks took selfies right at the cliff’s edge. Last year at Palouse Falls a tourist taking a selfie plunged to his death at the ripe old age of 25. My heart broke for his family and his girlfriend that was standing next to him when he fell backwards.
I had borrowed the Canon 11-24mm f/4 lens from my friends at B&H before leaving as I thought that my rock shot from Alabama Hills and this Horseshoe Bend shot would require a wider angle than 14mm to get what I had envisioned. Turns out that my friend had borrowed my Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens and it was wide enough, he captured some nice stuff.
For the image above, I waited for the setting sun and decided to create a starburst effect. I set my aperture to f/22 and zoomed in a little more. I bracketed my shots manually and then in Lightroom I merged them together. After three sunset attempts at this location these two shots captured on different nights were my best.
Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography