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Delicate Decisions

Delicate Decisions
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-18
Categories: Desert, Mountain
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 17-85 IS, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-02 14:09
Viewed: 3656
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Because my last post was taken near this spot I had decided to post this image next... not knowing that Markus(Heaven) had the same idea.

This well known arch is called "Delicate Arch." We ended up hiking up to it four times. It is a fairly good walk and we had several decisions to make. 1. Did we want to go the same way everyone else was going... generally no. So we hiked up the ridge on the opposite side twice and on this side twice over the course of several days 2. Were the clouds going to clear for the famous sunset lighting on the arch...We hoped so, but were wrong for three of the visits. 3. Which lenses to lug along... ended up with the lightest weight one. 4. How long to wait for the light...? We almost missed it. We got there early enough and claimed our spot. By the time sunset rolled around there was almost a party atmosphere. People were moving around the base of the arch like ants (the arch is much bigger than it seems.) I suppose there is a certain comradery among photographers because as the light changed all at once they started yelling at the people to GET OUT OF THE WAY #@$%! .. which they did! : ) I had visions of doing a series of photos documenting the changing light so I kept the tripod set etc. and clicked every minute or so. The light ended and we started to leave and then... wouldn't you know it... the light returned setting the arch afire and I got those shots from a different point of view! : P
Bob Shannon noted that a large number of Utah arches have fallen this year probably due to drought conditions? ? I'm glad this one so far has been spared.

For a view of the arch taken from the opposite ridge see the workshop photo.

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Hi Evelynn,
Excellent capture of this amazing view. Very good composition including all lights and shadows creating a very good feeling of depth, very beautiful colours good lighting.

Hi Evelynn
Different but the same ;-) Almost the same composition but different light. Good exposure, great saturated colors, beautiful light. As always very good job
Best wishes

Hi Evelynn,
this is probably the most iconic image of a natural rock arch there is, as I have seen it in books,magazines and old westerns and never do I tire of seeing it. The warm glow the sun has imparted on the arch makes it all the more appealing as it saturates the colours wonderfully and the form of it is nature's finest sculptural art.Evelynn,you have very crisp focus and an excellent pov for this capture and as a composition it is first rate.I wonder just how many people have gazed upon this scene and for how long.Thanks for this wonder of nature.The pov of the workshop photo is also great.I just have to see this someday before it falls down like the others mentioned in your note. Bob

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-02 15:46]
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Hi Evelynn

I have hiked this trail twice - I know exactly what you mean about having to wait for people to clear the arch. What surprised me most about it is that it is actually on the edge of a bowl/basin formation. Great work.


Great composition and great lighting... also useful, interesting notes. TFS.


Hi Evelyn,

You have made a natural phenomenon even beter with your good exposure, composition and DoF. It ppays to wait for the correct light on such a scene.



Hi Evelynn!

Wow just amazing, looks like you shot this late afternoon, the light is just beautiful, and the colours are stunning, must be a breathtaking place to see, will you de doing a large post? Just beautiful, t.f.s

Rick :)

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-09-02 21:29]

Hi Evelynn!

Yours is beautiful, too! Just different. It's funny that we both had the same idea. And it's a fine experience at the same time: it shows us how different a subject can appear under different conditions. I also like your narrative notes very much.

Kind regards


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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-09-02 22:16]


A very well composed pic that displays good sharpness, DOF, Lighting, POV, Colour and I especially like the dramatic contrast in scenary and warm coloursdisplayed in the scenic pic. Well Done.


Hello Evelynn,
Delighted to see two beautiful "Delicate Arch" in one day!
I hope I can have the chance to see it with my own eyes with wonderful colour around the place!
This is totally a beauty of the mighty nature that offering us to appreciate and enjoy!
thanks again for the sharing
take care and regards

Hi Evelynn,

Fantastic light, I love the composition, and the note as well. Thank you.


Is this natural, I asked myself at first glance!How stupid of me!
A great shot!

Hi Evelynn!
A kind of deja vu? ;> I am sure I saw this picture today! Of course it is a joke only :) But you are right, this place was presented a few hours agi by Markus :)
Anyway, it is always nice to see different points of view on the some place :)
Beautiful picture and wonderful place. I wish I will see it one day :>
Best greetings from Lodz,

Amazing capture of this natural artwork.That shape near the bottom of it looks like a foot.
This is great Evelynn. The colours and compo turned out so nice.
-Back after an absence...:)

Bonjour Evelynn,
Cet angle de prise de vue est très prisé sur TN pour composer, chaque fois, une publication différente. Très belle image bien éclairée dans laquelle le regard porte loin, grace à ce fabuleux premier plan, et a mille détails à découvrir.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

POV with wonderful colour and details. A well composed image.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-03 8:12]

Hello Evelynn,
Superb landscape in a superb composition and splendid light.
Kind regards,

Classic delicate arch image. Well captured and presented in sunset lighting. Nice job!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-03 10:14]

Hi Evelynn.
What a nice case to see two nice shots of the same place. Both of you have shown it differently at different time and state of weather. Excellent warm lighting and colours palette. Impressive shadows and great details. Perfect job and TFS.

First Markus and now you. As I wrote to Markus, its great to see that nothing has changed in 10 years time.
Its funny and said to read you story. You always hope that these place are less visited since people do leave their marks and most of the time they aren't great. But its good to read that the real photographers made sure that good photos were taken.
I like the difference in the two photos and I like the amount of detail you got in yours.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-09-03 11:41]

Hi Evelynn,
Superbe photo d'un paysage sculpté par le vent et l'eau.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-03 12:44]

Hi Evelynn

I love your view of this deicate arch, too. The warm tones are gorgeous and the perspective is lovely. Indeed i must say that the arch doesn't look all that huge from the photos...but i looked it up on the net :)
The story you tell is also a bit funny...but i think this is the kind of place worth visiting over and over again. Especially since they din't last that long (sadly!).
Anyway, back to the shot: beside the obvious amazing colors, i think the composition here is really good and the BG definitely helps it. Great work with the exposure, too.

Bravo and TFS

Great minds think alike!
It's interesting to see two different points of view Evelynn. I'll have to see if there are any winter images of this same rock. The rock is such a rich colour. I like the way the sun it lighting it up.
TFS Janice

We have had some arches fall here as well... There were two major falls on the Great Ocean Road over the last couple of years... A major arch connecting (called London Bridge)connecting and island fell trapping some people on the island. They were lucky. One of the "12 Apostles" fell. Hehe, actually only about 8 left now.
I have seen pictures of this arch from others and enjoyed it. Yous as well, and particularly the story associated with it... and your very cunning positioning for POV.
(Love the hint of snow on the mountains contrasting with red in foreground.)

You know Eve...I saw this first off when you posted it...but then I was called out of the house right off and have been gone most of the day. For some reason even shopping later on this image came to mind...not sure why. It certainly is a fine image, but it must also be an archetype as well...it has some sort of inner meaning..and the saturation does the job...if I eer figure out what made it stick..I'll let ya know..otherwise..I like being reminded of TN through its good photos..

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-09-03 18:52]

Hello Evelynn,
What are the chances of posting two side by side images of the same landscape yet with so different perspectives. Beautiful shot with just the right lighting to bring out the rich colors of the red rock.
Love the clear view of the snow covered Mountains in the BG. with that beautiful light blue sky. Well done!! TFS.

Hi Evelynn,

A very well composed picture that displays good sharpness, DOF, Lighting, POV.
Beautiful colours and thank for showing this monument.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-04 7:42]
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Hi Evelynn,
are you allowed to get any closer than this, or are you pretty much restricted to one spot? Whichever, this is a great POV and well composed. The colours are wonderful. Sorry to hear that you've lost a few of these rock arches, they are truly awesome...very well done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-04 21:46]

Hi Evelynn,
Beautiful lighting used to great advantage, very well seen and imaged. Thank you for sharing.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-05 8:56]

Hi Evelynn,
Beautiful photo... Light, color tones, DOF and the view is amazing. Well done and TFS
Have a nice weekend,

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-09-05 13:17]

Nice composition, a very interesting subject matter captured well. Pleasing colours and sharp throughout.

How are these arches formed? This one reminds me of someones thumb and forefinger being pushed together for some reason!?!



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-06 6:55]

Hello Evelynn,
You must have a lot of patience always waiting for the right light! This is a fantastic view of this 'delicate' arch in wonderful light and fabulous colours. I like the sloping lines in the landscape and the mountains beyond. Very nicely composed!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Evelynn, fantastic view of this superb natural monument with wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Evelyn

Great shot of this amzing rock formation. I'm hopeful of getting over to see thsi area in March next year. Won't have time to wait for the light like you did, but its nice to see what it can look like.
Great composition.


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