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National park photo ops: How to frame Utah's Balanced Rock

National park photo ops: How to frame Utah's Balanced Rock
Balanced Rock, a popular stop at Arches National Park in Utah, is a tipsy-looking formation that has been carved by the elements for thousands of years. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Balanced Rock, in Arches National Park, is a tipsy-looking formation that has been carved by the elements for thousands of years.

I included one of the many jet trails in my photo. I also experimented with a moonrise.

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The rock is an easy compositional element. Build around it with different light, full moon, crescent moon, jet trails —  let your mind wander.

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.

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