Sunrise at Dead Horse Point State Park

This is a shot I’ve been dreaming of for at least a year now, the amazing view from Dead Horse Point State Park into the canyons of Utah with a colorful sunrise, and I was incredibly lucky to get it on my first try. Dead Horse Point is next to Canyonlands National Park, near Moab and Arches National Park. It’s a very busy area so get to your spots early!

I shot this with my Nikon D810 and the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, set at 24mm, f/11, ISO 64 and 1.3 seconds. I had the lens at eye level and the camera was titled down, which meant there was some distortion in the shot, so in Lightroom I used the transform tools to rotate and vertically warp the image a little bit to get rid of some of the warp and level the horizon. After prepping the image in Lightroom I used Photoshop to make final edits.

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