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Continuing my tour of the honeypot locations of the American Southwest, this is the classic view of Horseshoe Bend, Arizona (there are already plenty of splendid images of this location on TE so I'm not adding much in terms of originality apart from the extra-wide angle).
Of all the stunning places we saw on the trip, this was perhaps the most breathtaking. This photo is actually from my second attempt here: the first time we arrived mid afternoon and the conditions were terrible (hazy, overcast, strong wind) so I was glad to have the opportunity to stop off again on the way back from Monument Valley a few days later in better conditions. This was taken around midday when the light illuminates the whole of the inside of the canyon.

Taken using a 10.5 mm fisheye, distortion corrected and converted from NEF using Capture NX2.

I took shots with a variety of different compositions - vertical horizontal, details of bushes growing on the edge of the canyon etc. - but ultimately this is the iconic shot of Horseshoe Bend. Perched with a tripod on the edge of the canyon with a several hundred metre drop below requires considerable attention!

Thanks for looking!

From Wikipedia:
Horseshoe Bend is the name for a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona. It is located slightly downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about four miles or 6 km south of Page. Accessible via a 3/4-mile (1.2 km) hike from U.S. Route 89, it can be viewed from the steep cliff above, forming a spectacular vista.

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