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Sunrise at Horseshoe Bend

April 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I didn't know if I would be able to muster up the courage to get the shot......

I spent some time researching how to shoot Horseshoe Bend in Paige, Arizona. I learned from my research that my tripod would need to be set up at the very edge of the ledge of the canyon. When I say the very edge, I mean the very edge. In order to capture the complete circle of water, the tripod could not be set back at all or my foreground would have included part of the ledge of the canyon and not the water below. The reason for my reticence was that there is no railing to prevent a fall down the 1,500 foot canyon. Horseshoe Bend had been on my bucket list for quite some time and I had to give it a shot. I arrived at the site at about 4:30 AM. Once I was standing near the edge of the canyon, the sheer awe of this mystical place turned my anxiety into exhilaration. Although I never let my guard down, I lost the fear and could not wait to begin shooting. As the sun rose behind me, the far edge of the canyon lit up a brilliant orange. Spell binding is the only description I can offer. I was in awe standing at the top of the canyon surrounded by what I would consider one of the wonders of the world; not a sole around except for Tracy and our good friend, Lorraine. The feeling of grandeur and awe that I experienced that morning always returns when I view this image.


Sunrise at Horseshoe BendSunrise at Horseshoe Bend

Thanks to our friend Lorraine, I am able to show you how the image was made:


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