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Mesa Glow | by Koveh Photography
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Mesa Glow

Although you have to battle the crowds of photographers and other people who come to witness a surnise at this popular location, seeing a good sunrise here is truly a spectacular sight. This was my first time here, and I doubt I would be going back due to the heavy traffic the location gets, but I love to see such beauty in nature, even if it is only once.


It is hard to explain the phenomenon to those who have not been there, but I will do my best to try. The massive rock Mesa Arch spans across from left to right, offering a view of the canyon walls and floor down below through the arch opening. As the sun rises in the horizon, the warm glow of the suns rays are reflected by the rock on the underside of the arch, giving off the bright orange glow you see here. In the right conditions the glow is quite intense and beautiful to see, and you can also witness the light beams through the haze in the canyon valley.


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Tech Info:



Canon 5D mark II

Canon 16-35L lens @ 22mm

1/10 & .4 sec @ F16

ISO 100

Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer

RAW files processed in Lightroom 3

TIFF files hand blended and processed with Photoshop CS4



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Taken on May 4, 2011