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:
- 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.
- Bring a tripod if you are going to be doing panoramics or HDR.
- Panoramic photos are best taken vertically.
- Stake out your spot early, but also remember sharing is caring and let others use your spot too.
- Use a small aperture or a high number (I used 14 i think) to capture the depth of the entire photo.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.