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Hard to get these shots when people keep standing under the arch!

We always try to find places to photograph where there aren’t other people, whether it’s hiking to remote locations, or stumbling around in the dark to be ready for sunrise (or coming in after sunset). In places like Arches National Park, avoiding others can be difficult. While many folks are courteous, there’s nothing more frustrating than the few who are oblivious to others and have to spoil the view of others for extended periods.

The same morning Sara took her Moab Sunrise shot, we were up before dawn and in place near Turret Arch and the North and South Windows. Although it’s a bit too accessible to all, it still offers some wonderful formations and photographic opportunities. Our plan was to be first in to get a unique view.

We were already positioned when we saw a parade of flashlights coming up the short trail from the parking area. No problem–we thought–as only photographers would be up this early. WRONG!

It turns out there was a couple getting engaged, and they wanted to stand in the middle of the arch I was set up to shoot so their engagement moment would be shown in silhouette. This wasn’t a quick process–they kept going back and forth trying to get their shot for at least 15 minutes, much to the aggravation of photographers hoping to get a shot w/o people. Finally, another photographer volunteered to take the photo for them and send them the file. As soon as they moved off, I hurriedly took my Morning Window shot, barely catching the light on the inside of the arch with a backdrop of blue sky and puffy white clouds.

Written by Craig de Fasselle

July 24th, 2010 at 11:22 am

Posted in Tails from the Trail

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