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Mesa Arch in the Canyonlands NP in Utah is one of the most spectacular spots of the Desert Southwest and for good reason. Pictures don't do the actual show any justice. It is just awe-inspiring to witness the underside of the naturally formed arch starting to glow, minutes before the actual sunrise over the La Sal Mountains.

I kept coming back to this shot, trying to recreate the feeling I had standing in front of this surreal, yet completely natural phenomenon in the middle of the desert. My initial edit lacked interest and seemed flat overall, I think this version is a much closer depiction of the event and my personal search for my emotion-evoking Mesa Arch shot came to a successful end.
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Alukei Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing! why doesn't it have more faves?! :eek: :love: :heart:
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spooniart Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Uuuuum the sun...is super close...turn it down.
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Akadafeathers Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing!!! I was wondering if you would allow me to speedpaint it? The lighting is just.. I dont even know how to explain it :')
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks. Sure, paint away. Make sure to post a link to your vid (?) and final result.
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Akadafeathers Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Okay thanks!! Oh Idk how to make vids of it, I dont have the right programing, but I'll link the final result :3
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sandyandi146 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome
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Trashins Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great photo!
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wales48 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
incredible :O :D
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RlySrh Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student Photographer
This is an incredible shot. I love it.
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LastingMemor1es Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
absolute Spitzenklasse!
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The lighting in this is nothing short of extraordinary!
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Rain148 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
it's really a beautiful photo. A wanderful photo I should say. I like your gallery very much
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brentonbiggs Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
Amazing! What lens did you use?
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you Brenton. This was taken with the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8.
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SaraJ3an Featured By Owner May 13, 2011   Photographer
I would love to add this photo to my group #Small-Simple I've already sent you a request, so I hope you accept and come check out the group. We would love to help you promote your gallery! :heart:
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DevannDeSousa Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Just stunning!
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JandJPhotography Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love when you get that ONE amazing moment, and you actually find a way to express it the way you viewed it through your own eyes. Lovely.
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Azgard2274 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Amazing. Not easy to come up with the right words to express such a sight. Like you said, even the best picture just doesn't convey what it's like to see it firsthand.

But it does convey an enticing hint.

Great job! Keep it up!
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maverickzz Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
I...don't really know what to say about this, it's just so...Brilliant! The best picture I've ever seen actually. You are a Genius and I've just set a marking on Utah as one of the places that I HAVE to go to some day and really see this.
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GradyArt Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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buckoe1 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That glare is just inspiring. I can't believe it turned out so clear. Nice shot :D.
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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buckoe1 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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Rykardo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Fantastic capture!
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks Ricardo!
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Miss-Tbones Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome capture! Brilliant scene! :clap: :wow:
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you.
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Miss-Tbones Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconwelcomesignplz: :aww:
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HikariAkai Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Woah... so awesome!
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gabriel-ss4u Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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Mrodriqez Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
superb
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks.
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ATMKILLSHOTZ Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Awh man! beautiful! ok im grabbing my camera and going shooting
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Glad to inspire!
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MountainsAndWaves Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Nice shot David, I especially like the starburst effect caused by the small aperture.
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the kind words!
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candymax Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011   General Artist
amazing!great work:clap:
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CharmingPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely shot.. xx
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ragnaice Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa... I never seen sunbeams like that on a photo (well, at least not so well captured). Awesome!
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you!!
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MountainsAndWaves Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Very nice, the starburst looks great.
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WelshGlue Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great idea, good job.
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steppingskyward Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i remember going there!
we hiked all the way down into the valleys where there were some streams still semi-full o fwater n.n
beautiful shot man!
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks, man!
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Jeici Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
wow... einfach wow.
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Dankeschön!
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