Clinging On

We visited Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah while we were staying down in Moab and of course I wanted to shoot the overlook. There was some haze in the air making sun rays visible, so I decided to shoot directly into the sun with a very photogenic tree in the foreground.


The shot was tricky because it was a challenge to keep lens flare under control. I had the lens hood on the 18mm prime but I was shooting directly into the sun with a wide angle lens, so flaring was still going to be a problem. I held my hand up outside of the frame to block the sun and prevent the flare but it was a challenge to keep my hand out of the top of the frame. After a few mistakes where my palm entered the top of the photograph, I finally got one right.

I also should mention how amazed I am with the dynamic range of the 16 MP X-Trans sensor on the X-Pro1. I was able to take this as one shot without blowing the highlights out, yet still recover plenty of detail in the shadows using Capture One RAW converter. The DR capability of this sensor is amazing.

Tree clinging on at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah