This is one of those epic shots I was hoping for on this trip. The sun had gone down and the few people that remained were starting to gather their things and head back to their cars. I had come down here earlier in the day to check out the situation and prepare for the things I would need for this shot.
I brought my camera and tripod, as well as three 5′ pieces of PVC and a lightweight aluminum step-ladder. I use the PVC as a tripod extender so it’s about 10 feet in the air. I I use live view on the back of my camera to frame the shot and then extend it a little higher. I then grabbed the external shutter release and fired off 7 brackets… from +3 to -3 ev.
I knew I needed to get high in the air to capture more of the bend… and there’s no way I’m perching my self on the edge of that sandstone ledge. I have to remind myself all the time, “no shot is worth dying for.” I also brought water, snacks and a flashlight, because it was pitch black when I left.