May 27, 2009

Horseshoe Bend

The Horseshoe Bend
Focal length: 24mm
Shutter speed: 1/200
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/10

Located in the outskirts of Page, Arizona, Horseshoe Bend has become a popular hike for tourists. I myself have been there twice already and this time with my Canon 5D. Horseshoe Bend is called such because of its river pathway following a bend like an impression left by a horse's shoe. The river that runs this path is the Colorado river. There are no rails or barricades at the viewpoint so its definitely a scary place for those who fear height. Of course it takes brave photographers ;) to take a picture of this overlook. Anyway, I love this spot for its beautiful rock formation as well as the colors of the river traveling this path. These pictures are taken on my last trip to Antelope Canyon Navajo Preservation during spring, where the sun is at its best and there are no storms in the path. I tried my first few trials with HDR photography, High dynamic range imaging. HDR with tone mapping is a form of photography to create different dynamic ranges with my camera's AEB setting to bring out all the ranges of exposures. I used different tools, like photomatix (which puts a watermark) and Jaspers DRIMaker aligning tool (which aligns the images with out tone mapping) to create my amateur HDR trials. HDR is a hard technique to master. I hope my next few tries are better. Check out my trials and comment! thanks! :)

Relaxed Feet
Focal length: 24mm
Shutter speed: 1/100
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/18

Campsite at the bottom
Focal length: 400mm
Shutter speed: 1/400
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/6.3

Rugged Rock
Focal length: 24mm
Shutter speed: 1/80
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/18

Horseshoe Overlook
Focal length: 24mm
Shutter speed: 1/50
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/18

Overcast Bend
Focal length: 24mm
Shutter speed: 1/25
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/18

Photomatix HDR trial
Focal length: 24mm
Shutter speed: 3 different
ISO: 100
Aperture: 3 different

Jaspers DRIMaker aligning tool HDR trial
Focal length: 24mm
Shutter speed: 3 different
ISO: 100
Aperture: 3 different

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2 comments:

ITSCCChaneey. said...

-super amazing photos.
great photography.
x.

tamjit said...

I have been to this place. I must admit this it is amazingly beautiful and dangerous. But any fence would ruin the natural beauty. I also have few photos of this place. Chk them out here:
http://www.orkut.co.in/Main#AlbumZoom?uid=14214882863018802005&pid=1210135666813&aid=1210097746$pid=1210135666813