Friday, February 6, 2015

Marching Men of Arches National Park

marching men sand dune landscape photography
Marching Men:  Arches National Park
Marching men are located in the northwest corner of Arches National Park.  This area is also called Klondike Bluffs and is located at the end of the dirt road.  The drive up to that point is relatively easy.  A hike is then necessary to reach the marching men.  This takes about one hour of hiking (one way).
There is a climb just north of the marching men that has quite a bit of sand as well as vegetation and rock.  These are all choices for foreground subjects when composing a photo.  With the sun creeping low, the shadows across this sand dune caught my eye.

A word on camera settings:  the marching men are are in the distance, so a small aperture of f/16 and hyperfocal distance were used.  I shot two different configurations:  each as the 3 largest "men".  The horizontal was shot at 32mm focal length.  The vertical at 45mm focal length.  You may notice that the higher focal length brings the sand dunes closer to the distant "men".

If you want to get away from the crowd in Arches National Park, this hike is highly recommended.
Marching men arches national park
Marching Men photograph at Sunset

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