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Horseshoe Bend

This is a famous photography spot near Page, Arizona. I wish I had a wider lens to better capture the whole scene, but 16mm was my widest. This is situated between Glen Canyon Dam and the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. Normally, you have to work around other tourists to get your photographs, but we went pretty early in the morning and believe it or not, we actually had the place to ourselves for a time and were able to move around and shoot from where we wanted. We also found this place to be a bit tricky to photograph properly. The walls of the canyon are so deep that you have a hard time getting even light throughout. We were lucky in that when we were there, we had clouds in the area so I waited until the sun was filtered through a cloud and grabbed this shot.

 

According to Google terrain maps, the overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet above sea level making it a breathtaking 1,000 foot drop. It is also the suicide capital of Arizona. I'm sure that many deaths are suicide, but considering the lack of safety rails and the terrain, I'm also sure some are just accidents. In order to get good shots, you have to get right to the edge.

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Taken on August 14, 2011