I am very excited to launch this blog for my website AnyLightPhoto. My hope is to share the processes that I go through to take great photographs in any type of light at any time of the day.
This photograph was taken midday in Arches National Park, Utah. It is a far different image than the many photographs commonly taken in the park during the "golden hours" of sunrise or sunset. The golden hours are the times of day that many photographers insist are required conditions for taking great landscape images.
I took this photograph looking west across Salt Valley in Arches. It was taken from the Salt Valley Overlook on the road above the valley floor. I took the photo with my Sony A6000 mirrorless camera using the Sony 50mm f1.8 e-mount lens that I had brought to keep my kit light. By keeping the amount of sky in the composition minimal it helped with getting a good exposure. Using a mid-range aperture and setting my focus on the middle of the image was all that I needed to get a sharp image given the distance to the subject. I like this image because for me it perfectly captures the harsh desolate lands to the west of the more familiar rock formations and arches for which the park is known. This is a classic case of how using midday light makes for a great image.
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