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Two hikers exiting The Wave. It seems a shame to walk on this beautiful rock but you can only enter and exit by walking through The Wave itself. The hikers give the viewer some idea of the size/scale of the terrain and I think that adds to the image.
Time of day and light is always an issue for photographers. How early must I get up in the morning to "get good light" is the question. With The Wave you leave as early as you can to enjoy the hike and photograph along the way. As long as you are on location sometime before 10 o'clock light should be good since you are facing due north for most of the shots of The Wave itself. In the afternoon shadows cut across the bowl of The Wave and spoil the image. Late in the afternoon you want to photograph The Second Wave which is close at hand.
As you see, once again, much of my travel planning is focused on my camera work. However, just being in a place like this is enough for most people I am sure.