DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — Mesa Arch — Canyonlands National Park

On their recent Utah trip, Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, visited Canyons National Park, the site of famous Mesa Arch. Here is what he had to say about the experience:
“The Mesa Arch sunrise shot is one of the most sought after photographic images in Utah. Every morning at sunrise, if there are no clouds hiding the sun, the sun’s rays light up the upper inside of the arch in a bright red glow. The problem is there is only room for about 10 to 12 photographers with tripods at this spot, so you have to be there early to get a spot. I got there almost three hours before sunrise ( 3:00 am) and there were already six photographers there! They were shooting the Milky Way with the Arch while waiting for sunrise to occur. I joined them in shooting Milky Way images, and about 4:30 a.m. more people started showing up. so we all set up in a row waiting for sunrise. By the time sunrise came, there were around 80 photographers there trying to get in to get a capture. It was insane, but I held my ground and got the image I came for. I included a shot of the some of the crowd after I left my spot to show you the craziness. I also have a daytime image I took the day before when showing you what it looks like in daylight. Sheila came with me on that hike but couldn’t convince her to get up at 2 a.m. the next morning for the sunrise event!

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Dave Bruner

Dave was born and raised in the small town of Carson, in southwestern North Dakota. Exploring the outdoors on camping, fishing and hunting trips when he was young enhanced his love of the outdoors. Starting with a Kodak film camera around age 12, he developed an early interest in photography. With a renewed interest in photography the past few years, shooting has now become more of a passionate endeavor to capture the beautiful landscapes of North Dakota and other areas. Dave’s award-winning photography has been featured in several publications and calendars. He is now traveling to art shows and other venues to display and sell his photography. His artist statement: “My goal as a landscape and nature photographer is to capture the element of light and color in my compositions. I try to capture the scene with the viewer in mind, to give them a feeling of being in that same place in the early morning or late evening golden hour. To capture these images with a camera so that it is recorded for future enjoyment gives me feeling of satisfaction and pleasure. My reward is capturing these natural scenes and sharing with others.” To view more of Dave’s photos, go to www.flickr.com/photos/davebrunerphotography/. For information about purchasing Dave’s images, contact him at dsbruner@gra.midco.net.

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