Living on the edge - Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona

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I just returned from another whirlwind (no sleep) boot camp photography mission. I connected with David, John and Zia with one goal, shoot as many locations as possible. On this particular day, David, Zia and I headed out to Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona.


Prior to a photo shoot, I like to do some research and look at photos of a scene I intend to visit. I do it to study the scene, visualize, and avoid a comp stomp if possible. After reviewing some of the shots, I knew I wanted more sky in my composition. Since it was a location I had not been to before, we wanted to get there early. We arrived and made our way down to the canyon and guess what, clear blue skies! As I neared the edge, I was overwhelmed by the height and beauty of the canyon. I stared at the stunning view in a desperate attempt to challenge my fear of heights. I had lots of emotions going on from "I'm scared as hell" to "all the way here from California and no clouds".


Approximately two hours before sunset, we started to notice some textures developing in the sky. I thought to myself if the sky develops, I'm definitely going to "live on the edge". As sunset approached, it was evident the sky was going to blow up. (Click here to see a video of this shot.) I laid myself on the edge of the 1500 foot canyon with my tripod literally inches from it. I composed the shot and set my filter. The sky blew up with some awesome color. The whole time, I pressed the wireless shutter and hoped for the best. Usually light like this induces a happy dance, but there was no way in hell I was going to dance along this edge. While I was doing all of this, I was able to capture a short video and send it to some of my buds. (Sorry, I could not post the video, as it documents my foul language due to the excitement.)


Be sure to check out Dave's and John's awesome images from here.


Thanks to Jean for sending us the light and well wishes; to all the guys who made this trip so much fun; and a special thanks to David for being such a stupendous host. This is what it's all about, hanging with good people, challenging your fears, having lots of fun, learning a thing or two and catching some nice light! In summary:


1. We traveled to 4 states in 3 days: Nevada, Utah, California and Arizona.

2. We drove close to 1,000 miles in 3 days.

3. We drove an estimated 15 hours on the road.

4. We visited the following spots: Zion National Park, Utah; Toadstooles Hoodoo, Utah; Horseshoe Bend, AZ; Lower Antelope Canyon, AZ and Death Valley National Park, CA.

5. We ate enough junk food to hold us over for another 6 months.


I hope you all have a great holiday weekend. Hope to see you all in the new year. Jave

  • Federico Dessardo 3y

    wow beautiful landscape..perfect work....fantastic
  • Karlos Puzon 3y

    love it:D
  • Studio281Photos 3y

    The best shot of Horshoe Bend I've seen. Studying the area beforehand really does wonders, and you've just helpd me make sure I never forget to do so!
  • novasdtr 3y

    this is really awesome; what a great location; fabulous colors; love the shading
  • Damien Douxchamps 3y

  • jaiganesh photos 3y

    Simply Superb !
  • JulsLinsacum 3y

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.
  • J Brasil (vendo Canon T5i + 85mm 1.8 USM novas) 3y

    This is the best Landscape picture I have ever seen! Greetings from Brazil !
  • JaveFoto 3y

    J Brasil (vendo Canon T5i + 85mm 1.8 USM novas) thank you very much, cheers. Jave
  • Andrea Rapisarda PRO 3y

    just wonderful !!
  • Doug White PRO 3y

    Thank you for controlling your fear of heights. I have never seen this site so nicley captured. Thanks
  • MissConduct* PRO 3y

  • carlosbezz 2y

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:

  • JoeCow 2y

    Amazing Shots!! :) <3
  • baden2010 2y

    Hello, I returned to appreciate your work. Very beautiful!
  • samgraves2 2y

    I'm a bit new to photography so bear with me. I probably went a little "bigger" than I should have and I bought a 6D (but I'm loving it). What kind of filter did you use here? Graduated?
  • ep_jhu PRO 1y

    I like the sky!
  • huibin guo 1y

    That's amazimg
  • Chip Renner PRO 11mo

    remember taking my 2 young boys there 15 year ago.Tried photographing however short of tying my sons up the fear of losing them over the side made it hard to really get a good shot.Also the week before my kids had knocked my canon camera into a stream leaving me with only an old koni omega camera with no light meter.They may have heard a curse or two that day!great image!great photostreem!
  • Sky Matthews PRO 6mo

    just finished a very similar sounding trip. Gorgeous image! awesome sky.
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Taken on December 11, 2010
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