This is a photo of the Delicate Arch close up while standing on the hiking trail. The Delicate Arch was definitely my favorite arch to see in Arches National Park and the 3-mile round trip hike to it was worth the trek.
Location: Arches National Park, Utah
Date Photographed: August 15, 2021
Time Photographed: 7:15 AM
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📷 Camera Settings for Delicate Arch Trail Photo
This Delicate Arch picture was photographed with a focal length of 24 mm to be able to get a wider angle of the entire arch.
Camera settings for this Delicate Arch Trail photo:
Camera Body: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Shutter Speed: 1/800 seconds
Lens Aperture: f/9
Focal Length: 24 mm
Image Quality: RAW
📢 Delicate Arch Photography Tips
It can be difficult to photograph the Delicate Arch without getting people in your picture. This arch is the most popular in the national park and there is usually a line to get a picture of yourself with the arch. I’ve only visited this park one time and it was during the summer months, so there could be less people during other times of the year. I arrived at the Delicate Arch shortly after sunrise and was happy with the lighting of my pictures, but I’ve heard the best time to photograph the Delicate Arch is at sunset. I didn’t have the luxury of doing this as we only had a limited time visiting Arches National Park.
However, after my experience at the Delicate Arch, some tips I would suggest are:
Visit the arch as sunset if you want to capture a warm glow casting over it.
Sunrise can also be a magical seen, but it is more difficult photograph at this time because the sun rises behind the arch.
Use a wide-angle lens to be able to get all of the arch in your shot.
Bring a tripod.
Stick around after sunset to try and capture the milky way with the Delicate Arch in the foreground.
Be careful! This tip doesn’t involve actual photography, but it is an important tip, because people have definitely died falling into the bowl that surrounds the arch.
Where is the Delicate Arch?
The Delicate Arch is located in Utah in Arches National Park. This national park is located near Moab, Utah which is located on the east side of the state.
What are Other Areas to Explore at Arches National Park?
Arches National Park is full of all kinds of magnificent arches and trails to explore. Some of my favorites are Balanced Rock, Double Arch, The Windows, and the Fiery Furnace hiking trail.
How Long Does it Take to Hike to the Delicate Arch?
The hike to the Delicate Arch is 1.5 miles one way, so 3 miles round trip. Depending on how good of shape you are in will determine how long it takes you. This hike is considered to be one of the most strenuous hikes in Arches National Park. The hike there is mostly uphill so coming back is a little easier as there is more downhill.
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