Marble Canyon, Arizona

Road and hills, Marble Canyon, Arizona, USA

Road and hills, Marble Canyon, Arizona, USA

Making this shot was an interesting experience.  When I was driving on this road, this composition occurred to me.  Stopped the car off the road and walked into the middle of the road to visualize some possibilities.  I tried several heights of the tripod – flat on the ground, at 1 feet height, 3 feet height and my eye level.  At each tripod height, I tried compositional variations and exposure variations.  Finally, this is the composition I selected.  The tripod is about 1 feet high (I think!).  To get end-to-end sharpness, I adjusted the aperture to f22.  Since this is a wide angle image, my 17-35mm f2.8 lens was used.  Of course, I used a remote release cable to open the shutter.  Gitzo 1340 tripod and Kirk BH-1 ball head provided the stability I needed.  My wife was extremely helpful – she stood by the side of the road and alerted me whenever a vehicle was approaching on the road.  All my attention was on the photographic technique and composition – she made sure that I did not get run over by a car.  Every time a vehicle approached, I lifted my tripod/camera and walked out of the road, then tried again.

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