After four days in California doing the family history thing (see the prior articles in this series), I had a change in plans. The next leg of my family history trip had to be postponed to a later date, which meant I had two extra days to do whatever I wanted. I decided to take the two extra days and go back to southern Utah.
I arrived in Arches National Park in the late afternoon and headed for Balanced Rock. I looked for a spot where I could get balanced rock and two other sandstone formations. I wanted some large boulders in the foreground too. When I found my spit I put on a 17mm wide angle lens and set the aperture to f/11 to give me plant of depth of field. This is my favorite photo for this date.
After sunset I was at Turret Arch to capture the lovely colors at dusk. This is another favorite photo for April 30.
The stars were out by the time I got to the Three Gossips, the large sandstone formation on the right. My settings for the night sky were f/8 and 25 seconds, at ISO 800. This is my third favorite photo for this date.
Needless to say, Arches is a great photography location, one of the best in the U.S.
We were visiting family in Texas and our grandson Ryan had a soccer game. He is one the left in blue. This is one of my favorite photos for April 30.
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