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November 2014:   Druid Arch and Tree Root The twisted tree root and red dirt lead to the amazing Druid Arch.  Druid Arch towers over the Needles district in Canyonlands.  This unique and picturesque arch rewards hikers with an incredible, scenic view, special to the Southwest.
Dead Tree in Chesler Park The dry grasses and dead tree epitomize the harsh environment of the Needles District in Canyonlands.  The spires and amazing colors here are the draw despite the arid nature.
Kaitlan's Closeup, Columbia MO    Kaitlan is one of the best models I've worked with in my very short portrait career.  Having a model like Kaitlan, who has nearly flawless skin, gives the photographer freedom to shoot beauty closeups like this one, and makes everything from posing to lighting so much easier in general.  On the flip side working with such a talented model does bring the added pressure to perform well in the limited amount of time you have with them.  Add other limitations like studio space and gear and the pressures mount.  I remember starting off very nervous with Katilan, who towered above me (6'2") in her heels (6'5" or 6'6"?).  But I was prepared.  I had a list of shots I wanted to get and my beautiful wife to assist me, and my nerves quickly calmed.  One thing that helped was that I started with a shot I had practiced hundreds of times before that I knew I could get successfully right out of the gate: head shots with glamour/beauty lighting (clamshell lighting to be specific) such as this one.    I haven't shared a portrait lately despite doing lots of portrait sessions over the last few weeks and months.  This is one of my favorites that I recently finished processing and haven't shared until now.    Thanks for all of the guesses on the "major flaw" flaw in my photo yesterday!  The flaw is that the tip of the tripod leg can be seen in the bottom left corner.  It is a mistake of course, but easily fixed in the field by simply rotating the tripod leg out of the frame!!!  Forget about messing around with it in post processing, it's better to get it right in camera.  But practice makes perfect, and I can assure you there will be no tripod legs in my photos on my upcoming trip to Colorado!    Daily photo: May 21, 2012, taken April 6, 2012
November 2014:
Druid Arch and Tree Root
The twisted tree root and red dirt lead to the amazing Druid Arch. Druid Arch towers over the Needles district in Canyonlands. This unique and picturesque arch rewards hikers with an incredible, scenic view, special to the Southwest.

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November 2014:   Druid Arch and Tree Root The twisted tree root and red dirt lead to the amazing Druid Arch.  Druid Arch towers over the Needles district in Canyonlands.  This unique and picturesque arch rewards hikers with an incredible, scenic view, special to the Southwest.
November 2014:
Druid Arch and Tree Root
The twisted tree root and red dirt lead to the amazing Druid Arch. Druid Arch towers over the Needles district in Canyonlands. This unique and picturesque arch rewards hikers with an incredible, scenic view, special to the Southwest.

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Photo by: Gordon Smith · See photo in original gallery.

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