Lonely Tree - Canyonlands National Park, Utah – Hans Kruse
Mesa Arch (CLICK HERE) is in the heart of Canyonlands National Park and is a must for any photographer that finds themselves in Utah. When Hans visited the site he got his shot. Rather than heading back to his car and driving to the next well know spot, he stuck around and did some exploring. For his effort he got this amazing gem nearby. Please read his story below then check out his portfolios here:
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This picture was taken on an early morning at sunrise in Canyonlands National Park in Utah close to Mesa Arch. I attended a photo workshop in the area run by Andy Biggs and I was going the morning after the workshop to capture another great morning. There was a little amount of snow that had fallen during the night making this morning even more spectacular. I walked around not shooting the Mesa Arch but trying to find other interesting spots. The tree caught my eye and I looked for a good view including the tree and this was the shot. The camera was a Canon 5D with a Canon 16-35 f/2.8L II lens at 16mm, f/11, 1/15s and ISO 100. It was post processed in Lightroom 4.1 entirely. I had several shots with varying degrees of lens flare and this one had the least amount of flare. I decided to leave the lens flare in the picture rather than try to remove it in Photoshop (very difficult).
The workshop was part of preparing for my own photo workshops which have been run since the autumn of 2008. They are all in Italy in the Dolomites, Abruzzo, and Tuscany. The workshop program can be found on my homepage http://www.hanskrusephotography.com.
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