Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ

Though it doesn’t look it, this photo is a panoramic comprised of 17 vertical photos (a little overkill, I know). We made it just in time for sunset to capture this shot here.

By the way, that’s my dad there in the corner.

Some personal tips from my experience on photographing Horseshoe Bend are:

  1. Bring a wide-angle lens if you want to photograph the entire view in one shot. If you don’t have one than panoramics work just as well, though you may experience some warping of the photo.
  2. Bring a tripod if you are going to be doing panoramics or HDR.
  3. Panoramic photos are best taken vertically.
  4. Stake out your spot early, but also remember sharing is caring and let others use your spot too.
  5. Use a small aperture or a high number (I used 14 i think) to capture the depth of the entire photo.
  6. Bring a blanket or something to lie on if you are going the route my dad took by lying on his stomach to get the shot. He got a bit scratched up from the rocks.
  7. If you don’t want the rock ledges blocking your view, you will have to go to the very edge of the cliff. It is a far drop so be very careful with your equipment and yourself.
  8. Go at sunset. At sunrise there is a shadow cast by the cliff, unless you want that.

All in all, hope for a nice day where the sky is cooperating to give you a unique shot.

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4 responses

  1. Megan,
    I work with promoting the City of Page and we are developing a website specifically for Horseshoe Bend. We are developing a section called “Photography tips from the pro’s” and would be interested in featuring this picture and the story (or an edited version if you want to make modifications.) The post should be half story telling / half tips. We would also have a artist bio / picture (or logo) and a link to the artist’s website.
    We would plan to release them roughly once every two weeks. Take a look at the site (still under development remember πŸ™‚ ) and see what you think!

    November 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    • Hi Vin,
      Thank you so much for checking out my photo and I would be honored to have my photo featured. Let me know if you need me to send you a file or edit the article.

      November 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  2. Megan, take a look at http://www.horseshoebend.com and let me know what you think and if I need to make any changes. If you like it, feel free to use the link on your “Places” links πŸ™‚

    November 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm

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