[caption id="attachment_2751" align="aligncenter" width="567"] Horseshoe Bend (Arizona) - September 2010[/caption] An 8mm Fisheye perspective of the Horseshoe Bend aka King Bend of the Colorado River near Page Arizona. As part of a tour across 3 states in the US a number one spot to see on my to do list was this spot the Horseshoe bend. I'd seen photographs on the net and I really wanted to go capture it with my 8mm fisheye. I don't know if we stumbled upon it by accident or it my father had planned the drive specifically past this place but we randomly came across it about half an hour before sunset. I couldnt have planned it better if I'd been in charge! The view was just immense with the sun setting directly ahead I set up my tripod on the edge of the cliff inches away from the 1000ft drop. I had to position the tripod with the front 2 legs lower than the rear so that the camera could angle forward with the 8mm fisheye and not get the tripod legs in which made the whole thing very unstable so my butt was clenched as I held my neck strap for dear life :). I waited patiently as the for the sun to break the horizon before quickly switching the camera on to fire off a few shots seconds before my 2nd and last battery for the day completely died. I feel so lucky to have got this shot timing and battery issues aside this place was amazing and I'd highly recommend visiting.
Location: Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona
Camera: Canon 40D
Lens: Sigma 8mm Fisheye
Exposure details: 3 exposures merged into 1 HDR shot sing Photomatix software.
Processing: Increased clarity in Adobe Lightroom.
Horseshoe Bend is the name for a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States. The bend is locally known as "King Bend." It is located five miles (8.5 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about four miles or 6 km southwest of Page. Accessible via a ¾-mile (1.2 km) hike from U.S. Route 89, it can be viewed from the steep cliff above. 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.
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