Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Arches National Park

Painting 1.7, Sandstone Fins in Arches NP. I think one of the things that attracts photographers to Arches is the way that the sandstone formations cast such absolute shadows. When looking at a landscape from this area you expect to see stark contrast between light and dark. So often shadows are seen as a problem in photos, so much so that people are always working on ways to create HDR (high dynamic range) photos by combining multiple bracketed exposures. No such trickery is required in the desert though. The shadows become points of interest, where what you can't see is almost more fascinating than what you can. When I'm looking though pictures that I've taken trying to find something to paint, I'll often try to find the pictures with the most interesting shadows because that's the most fun part of the picture to paint!

Giclee Print

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