Sunrise at Dead Horse Point State Park

Catching great light above the canyons of Utah

Sunrise From Dead Horse Point

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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Adam Woodworth is a landscape photographer, award-winning filmmaker and software engineer. He has had a love of photography for most of his life and one of his main focuses is landscape astrophotography. His earliest memory of gazing up in awe at the night sky was as a child in a canoe on a lake in Maine, fishing at night. The intensity of the star-filled sky in such a peaceful spot was a powerful experience, and now he enjoys sharing that experience through his photography. Follow him on Instagram as @awoodworthphoto.