Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park is a Utah State Park that is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Canyonlands National Park. It's a small state park about 30 miles from Moab Utah which offers some camping and views of the surrounding landscape. Click here for more information. Dead Horse Point is off HWY 313 and sits on the northern end of Canyonlands.  When Driving to Canyonlands from Moab you will see signs for Dead Horse Point. Real easy to find. Dead Horse Point State Park does charge an entrance fee, and if my memory serves me, it's $10 per vehicle.

How Dead Horse Point State Park got it's name is very interesting. The unique shape of Dead Horse Point narrows down to 90 feet surrounded by two thousand feet sheer cliffs that fall to the Colorado River. During the 19th century cowboys would herd wild mustangs to Dead Horse Point and gate off the narrow neck, thus trapping the wild horses and preventing them from running away. Legend states that a group of horses was inadvertently left fenced in and eventually died of thirst within view of the Colorado River.

Dead Horse Point State Park was a nice compliment to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. It's something you can easily tour during your time in Moab and it's worth seeing a sunset.

This post picture was taken during a sunset in July. I used a 16-35mm lens to capture the vast landscape. I also used a ND Grad filter to help balance out the sky and give my foreground a little more depth. I also had a polarizing filter attached to give the red rock a little more pop and to take some of the reflection out of the river.

Hope you enjoy!


HDR Photography

HDR Photography has an ongoing debate among the professionals. Photographers either love or hate HDR Photography. Those of you that don't have a clue what HDR is, it's the blending of multiple exposures into one photograph. This process usually takes place in a software program such as Photomatix or Photoshop. This isn't going to be a tutorial just an opinion on HDR. To learn more about HDR  check out the king of HDR Photography Trey Ratcliff.

The people that like HDR photography the most seem to be the average person that has no idea what HDR Photography is. The people that hate HDR the most is the photography purists that believe that it has no place in photography and believe its more a graphic art.

I myself don't really care one way or the other as long as the photograph looks good. This weeks post picture was taken handheld using the HDR technique. In a situation like this I would normally use my ND grad filters to darken the sky a bit so I could get the exposure I was looking for but in this case I was driving when I happened upon the scene. Instead of getting out my tripod, getting out my filters and making this a long drawn out ordeal (besides I was trying to get to a spot for sunset) I decided to use HDR.

You can see what I was faced with in terms of the back lighting and the bright sky with the dark foreground. Not very appealing

HDR photography is just another tool in the photographers toolbox. Whether you choose to use the HDR "tool" is up to you, but for me it's a tool I will always have in-case I need it.