Textures of a Canyonlands Sunrise

There is something awe-inspiring about the textures, layers and tonal compression created by a Canyonlands sunrise. This last trip to Mesa Arch I ventured off for a little perspective of a Canyonlands sunrise and captured this image just after the sun rose above the horizon. I used a Circular Polarizer and a Singh-Ray 3-Stop Graduated ND to tone down the sun and then texture blended 3 exposures to create the textures and a hint of some God beams across the canyon buttes. I considered a black and white image here, but there was something about the warm textures in this color swayed me from converting it to monochrome.

The Textures of a Canyonlands Sunrise
The Textures of a Canyonlands Sunrise | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

Capture Notes:

  • Absolutely stunning Rick.

  • ljsaltiel

    Superb layers of light that provide a wonderful feel to the image Rick. Love it.

  • chrisnitz

    I believe you may now pack it up and call it a day! Damn good shot man.

  • Awesome Rick! Love this shot!

  • lensscaper

    Fantastic, Rick, on so many levels. Superb control of the shadow areas and those delicate shafts of light picked out briliantly. What a fantastic trip you all had.

  • Awesome.

  • Michael Criswell

    This is really nice Rick, I like this allot, love the depth in this and the sun, sweet

  • Absolutely epic, Rick! You’ve totally nailed this one, my friend, top drawer!!