Photography tips from the Pro’s – Ryan Houston
I have lived in Utah most of my life and had never visited Horseshoe Bend until March 2015. I was working in Kanab, UT and decided to drive to Page, AZ after work to take pictures of Lake Powell. On the way, I saw signs for Horseshoe Bend and immediately decided to shoot this iconic location instead.
I was worried that I would not have enough time to actually hike to Horseshoe Bend before the sunset. However, I decided to risk it and followed the signs to the parking lot. I arrived in the parking lot which is surprisingly close to the highway about 20-25 minutes before the sun set. The hike was easy and only took about 10-15 minutes. Because this was a spontaneous trip, I had not researched any tips for photographing this location.
I had my Sigma 18-50 mm F/2.8 lens with me, but it was not wide enough to capture the landscape before me. Thus, I improvised and shot multiple pictures that I later stitched together in Photoshop CS4. I would recommend that anyone going to Horseshoe Bend have an 8mm or 11/12 mm lens to more adequately capture the grand scene before them. I arrived right at sunset and was able to capture multiple frames from multiple angles. I included tourists in some shots to give a sense of scale. Horseshoe Bend did not disappoint and I expect to go back another time, hopefully when there are more clouds in the sky. Next time I will be prepared with a wider lens.
- Name: Ryan Houston
Hometown: Beaver, Utah
- Currently: Utah County, USA
Occupation: Photographer, Psychologist
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