Lining up Mesa Arch with an iPhone #IGTravelThursday
The famous Mesa Arch near Moab, Utah is the most photographed sunrise location in the 337,500-acre Canyonlands National Park. It’s easy to get to — a quick 1/4-mile hike to the arch from the parking lot — and gives you a great view of the sun rising over the La Sal Mountains.
If you go during the spring or summer, be sure to arrive at the arch at least an hour before sunrise because space in front of the arch fills up fast on most mornings. My brother-in-law, his friend John and I left Moab at 4:45 a.m. and there were already two photographers at the arch before us and three others who arrived at about the same time.
At about 20 minutes before sunrise, there were at least a dozen photographers and tripods lined up in front of the arch and no good spots left for the stragglers who continued to show up.
However, this is one of those amazing locations that even if you showed up a few minutes before sunrise and all you had was your camera phone, you could still walk away with a stunning a photo.
I took the photo at the top of the page with my iPhone5 and processed it with Instagram’s HDR option (the sun-shaped icon on Instagram’s edit page) and the “Hudson” filter.
Let me repeat: That’s an Instagram photo and it’s stunning. It actually makes me pretty excited about getting around to processing the photos I took that morning with my Olympus E-M5.
I can’t imagine that I’ll ever go on a trip without my “real” photo gear but the quality of today’s camera phones and filter apps make it entirely possible that one day I will.
Photo of sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park by Joe Newman.
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