Goal of the Photo

Another southwestern United States photo, Knife Edge is a trail and rock formation near Mesa Verde in Colorado. This photo was taken as the sun was setting within the golden hour. The surrounding Montezuma Valley can be seen in the lower left of the image.

Project Specs


  • Landscape Photography
  • National Parks Photography

Camera and Lens Used

  • Camera: Pentax K110d DSLR
  • Lens: Pentax-DA 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL
  • Aperture: f11
  • Film Speed: ISO 200
  • Focal Length: 45mm
  • Shutter Speed: 1/350th second

Location and Date

Location: Knife Edge
near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

  • Date: October 2, 2008

Photo Analysis

From the sheer rock face to the singular tree and incredible scenic view, this photo is the definition of the Southwest. The rock face reaches high into the frame emphasizing its size while the horizon seems to stretch out forever. The ambient lighting due to the sun setting gives this photo a sense of drama.