2015—Mesa Arch Without Sun

When I was at Mesa Arch in February 2014, I got to use a borrowed fisheye lens for the first time and I loved the results.Click here to see my photograph from that trip. On the 2014 trip we complained about bald skies with no clouds. This trip, we had lots of clouds, lots of rain, and minimal sun. We got to Mesa Arch early Sunday morning well before sunrise and trekked the half mile or so to the Arch in the hopes that the sun would appear and brush the arch with glorious glowing red. That didn’t happen but I did get a shot that shows some color in the arch as a bit of sun filtered through the clouds. Once again I used a fisheye lens; now I have my own 10.5mm DX lens for my Nikon D7100. Although the shot is similar in composition to last year’s, I did lay in a diffent spot on the ledge and the light is not at all dramatic or glowing. Still, I love the effect of the fisheye on the arch which is not rounded at all on top but is flat. I read that Mesa Arch is classified as a pothole arch because it was formed by surface water that pooled on the sandstone behind the arch, slowly eroding the rock so the arch now clings to the mesa’s edge.

Moab 2015-118

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