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National park photo ops: Wait for the second sunset at Arches in Utah

National park photo ops: Wait for the second sunset at Arches in Utah
Utah's Landscape Arch measures 306 feet from base to base and is easily accessible by car and short hikes. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

If you stay for sunset at Delicate Arch at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, bring a lightweight tripod. And be sure to wait for the "second sunset," 10 to 30 minutes after the first one — a final burst of magenta light that blends with the blue sky.

Try long exposures with depth of field. Remember to bring a flashlight for the very dark, 3-mile walk back and always pack extra water.

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I know it is easier to travel light, with only a few lenses in your bag, but I used a 16-35mm, a 24-70mm, and played with a 70-200mm. How often are you going to be in Utah, make the drive to Moab and then take the 3-mile hike?

In honor of this year's National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We'll post one per day through Dec. 31.

Follow Reynolds on Twitter: @MrCSReynolds

See travel videos by Reynolds from around the world.

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