Sunrise at Canyonlands

I hope you are having a great week.  Today’s image is from Canyonlands National Park.  Ryan Wright and I headed out to Mesa Arch for sunrise and like usual there was a hand-full of photographers jockeying for the perfect spot to catch the sunrise from underneath Mesa Arch.  Since I already had my ideal shot from a previous trip I thought I’d capture Canyonlands from a little different perspective, especially since the morning storm clouds were spectacular. I always wonder whether I should head back to the same iconic location when visiting but it always seems as if there is something new in store for me compared to the last time I visited. I believe as a working photographer you continually learn from past experiences which allow you to gain new perspectives on a scene. Techniques and tools you didn’t have last year allow you to make an image this year you couldn’t have made last year.

Sunrise at Canyonlands National Park

Sunrise at Canyonlands National Park – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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  • Love this image Rick. Fantastic depth and the sunrise is great.

  • Man the colors and depth to this are magnificent! Also love that bit of mountain off in the distance!

  • Gorgeous colors!!! Wow.

  • Great shot, Rick! Just love the starburst and the little flare – these make the shot seem that much more real to me.

  • Canyonlands is quite the spot for these type of images Rick. The ruggedness of the land contrasts well with the drama in the sky.

  • Nailed it.

  • Oh wow, Rick, what a beautiufl, beautiful image my friend! Fabulous colors and details in all the layers of this wonderful landscape. Fan-flippin-tastic shot, my good friend!

  • What a superb shot! I love how it give a feeling of a primordial dawn — almost like the beginning of time itself!