the first time I ever heard about Kodachrome Basin was when I saw this photo (currently removed) by Henk, and from that moment I knew I had to see the it. apart from the fact that the place is excellent for anatomy lessons, it is a paradise for photographers - multitude rock formations in various shades of red, yellow, pink, white and brown, fairly easy access and despite the fact that the campground is usually full, the place does not feel crowded.
about the photo: according to the locals, the global climate change has come to Utah too - it rained every evening, which is considered very uncommon for this time of the year, and for us meant very little chance of sunset photos. this evening we had run away from the overwhelming crowds of people in Bryce National Park and decided to stop in Kodachrome Basin basin before heading out to Cottonwood Canyon Road (where we would meet cowboys, cows, coyotees and mudslides). for some reason the gods of photography were kind enough to part the clouds for that exact moment when we were in Kodachrome Basin, and also turn the "Intense Red Light" switch. this is how the result looked.
RAW, ISO 160, 60mm focal length, spot metering.
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aadilj (18102) 2009-06-02 4:56
This absolutely magical and very well composed. I love the way the peaks are lit up by the golden sunlight and surely love the way you have composed this extremely beautiful shot Kristine
Floydian (30970) 2009-06-02 5:07
What a surprise...how nice to call this in my footsteps ;-)
It's a small park, but you made it and more important, you made it in creating a Fuji Velvia 50 colour shot. The deep red and blue, so typical Utah when having the best light.
It's good having rain, after that the colours are even more intense, but too much rain can spoil everything of course. But this is one is really beautiful (better than mine..!!!). I love those dark red peaks standing proud above against the deep blue sky, and also the grass in front in a green/yellow toning. Our footsteps are mixed because more or less we stood at the same spot...how weird ;-)
How was the trip, had a good time together, not too much rain i hope and did you get the things you were hoping for?
sevy (58) 2009-06-02 5:21
I also discovered some interesting photo places thanks to TE. Perhaps not as nice as this one, but it was fun.
I hope Henk will not read my note because I find this photo better than his one. The colors are stronger and put in evidence by the storm sky in behind.
Yes, the photograhers god should have been with you this evening.
Bruno40 (6658) 2009-06-02 5:35
actually, better than Henk!
the colors here are superb, and I like a lot the composition.
I am glad you prayed a lot!
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-06-02 5:36
Nice one Kristine, looks like you had a great trip. Colors on this are just magical as Aadiil noted. Too bad about the weather but the one you captured here is certainly not suffering from any kind of deficiency. Great work.
baba_flies (8829) 2009-06-02 6:19
Good morning, Kristine! THIS is where you were, where got carried away ;))) We have tented there last year and it belongs to my favorite spots for camping. You hear nothing during the night, dead silent. An experience of a life time. Yes the rain clouds, same here in Grand Junction, but we go flying anyway, we are at the airport right now, Benno preparing, weather briefing etc. Beautiful very beautiful shot, Kristine, the warm light on the rocks are fantastic but also how you managed to have the clouds 'run' a little, I like that a lot. Perfect shot indeed. And do you know what, they always say it should not rain now, same last year ... actually where ever we go, it can be Italy or Canada, Australia or France ... LOL. I hope you enjoyed the trip, despite the many tourists ... we are off the beaten track, away from anything where we stay, so when we went to Moab the other day it seemed 'crowded' ... not so for Swiss standards of course ... Greetings from Colorado, Barbara.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-06-02 6:49
Hello Kristine! Amazing landscape, wonderful rocks and mountains. Superb colours. Splendid work. Well done!
delkoo (68) 2009-06-02 6:52
You have taken advantage of that little break in the clouds to get this splendid scenery, light, colors and contrast are simply superb.
resouzaesouzaaa (304) 2009-06-02 6:55
Wow, great colors and lighting!
zmey (7335) 2009-06-02 7:13
Oh, I'm ssoo tempted... to post a workshop to this ;)) and YOU know what I mean by that. That aside, the light is fantastic - just the last sun-rays before the day slides into the night.
Bartleby (13552) 2009-06-02 7:20
The Gods were merciful indeed and you were alert enough to catch that opportunity, dear Kristine. The flaming red is to die for, especially against the dark blue sky, plus the patches of white and green...Excellent, 'love it!
jwmunro (286) 2009-06-02 8:30
Hello Kristine -
Yes, this is very much like a Henk image. But, you could not go wrong at Kodachrome Basin with dramatic light, bang on composition, and the clouds to highlight the sky. The rain was just the added touch. Well seen and presented!
As a side light I just finished going through some old film of the region and as Henk said you sure captured that "Fuji Moment."
Thank you for sharing.
patdeph (35748) 2009-06-02 9:32
you had here a fabulous light that gave wonderful and warm colours to the landscape!These rocks formations emerging from the trees are splendid,and with this light their colours is just unbelievable!The contrast with the dark sky is wonderful!Magnificent!
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2009-06-02 10:18
Hi, Kristine -
The gods are on your side, definitely! And this shot makes me regret that I canceled my SW drive this October (had to be done, though; too many other things already planned).
Great choice to give so much space to the sky; it actually emphasizes the monoliths. Great light management, too; the fg light backed by the shadows also emphasizes the light on the rocks.
rlrad (1845) 2009-06-02 13:31
Amazing colors! This one is even better than Henk's, I think. You got the perfect light.
cfreire (11741) 2009-06-02 13:34
A perfect image showing these monolithic ones with well saturated colors that make a splendid contrast with this storm sky. Exelente point of view and framing. Well done. Regards, Consuelo
dareco (17134) 2009-06-02 16:07
This scenery is gorgeous!! and the lighting and colors are great!!! An excellent picture!! TFS
Waylim (25502) 2009-06-02 16:34
Welcome back! So soon, Okay I won't rub it in, cause I'm sure you still wish to be out there. I find this very precious, the moment that despite the weather condistion, the sky cleared just for a a little while to let us photographers have our one moment, and you're right there when the window opens. The light off course is the show here and the dark cloud enhanced it so nicely yet there's that white one up there competing for attention. The winners here are those rocks. Of many places I have been to in Utah, I haven't yet been here, so it's really great see this shot. Thanks.
gneufeld (15890) 2009-06-02 18:12
Wow, what a stunning shot in such awesome evening light. The red sandstone is awesome in shapes as well as color and the contrasts with the deep blue sky is striking. Well done and TFS. Gerald
hispic (9652) 2009-06-02 20:27
What pleasant colors exceeding far and away Kodachrome. Your white cloud above the rocks glittering in red makes me feel fine. This luminous impression is truly superb. Thank you so much.
bostankorkulugu (42452) 2009-06-02 23:12
hey, so the pics from the utah trip of the Ks are on air... well what can i say... looks like the perfect combination of blue, orance and green to me... and this K is still in Krakow... hugs...
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2009-06-03 5:34
amazing colours, really I thought at first it is Henk´s photo ;-) well done, I like that you have included the whole cloud above...
Take care, Ivana
luighi (5297) 2009-06-03 11:32
Hi Kris , cuanto tiempo si verte.
Wow vaya luz y colores amiga.
Bonita composicion , lo que mas me gusta es la luz que se refleja en las montañas con esa arena rojiza .Buen trabajo.
Philippe (11836) 2009-06-03 13:23
Hi, Kristine. The colours on the rocks are really amazing. They look kind of unreal, but when you see the green in the foreground and the blue in the sky, you believe more in it. There are very good contrasts and the vegetation in the foreground gives a good depth to the image.
Have a nice day,
Dpbours (222) 2009-06-03 15:05
Saying that you're stepping in Henks footsteps is always a challenging remark to make :-). Location-wise it is so true and composition wise you do get very close as well! Thanks for sharing!
fulvio52 (8314) 2009-06-04 0:41
A shot that perfectly captures the looks and essence of Kodachrome Basin. Light, colors, and that unique intimate atmosphere are right here on display, exactly as I like to remember them. VERY GOOD!!! Together with Tropic Canyon, one of my favorite spots in the area to escape Bryce's moronic crowds when they get too much for me to bear...
Have a great day, talk to you soon. HUGS,
PixelTerror (0) 2009-06-04 0:46
It is very powerful from a warm glow intensity point of view,sort of natural Las Vegas... the cloud towering the scene is a nice bonus.
Have a nice day JY
trekks (14348) 2009-06-04 10:00
I have no idea why it is not called Fujichrome of Afgachrome. Does Kodak owns this place?
Despite the name, I fully understand your motif to see and shoot this one, because after I see your post, I feel the same way. So maybe 1 day I will follow your footsteps [hope they are not giant feet :)]
Perfect time to get the cloud in position and with this strong light. Very good strong tones.
Is there any possible way you can use your charm and force the clouds to come lower?
I quite like the slight shadow.
BelCan75 (2201) 2009-06-04 22:14
What a beautiful photo. You had the right lighting and such beautiful skies. You made the most of these conditions and created a masterpiece. I love it! Excellent work!
jimkil (1706) 2009-06-04 23:23
For sure, the oranges of Utah are superb in this shot. I love that dreamy cloud above with the composition spot on here. A fine read of your note also, always a treat to read your exploits when travelling.
ciakgiak (30431) 2009-06-05 10:51
absolutely superb! What can I say about a similar spectacular view?
The light on the peaks of the mountains is fantastic and gives a very warm colour.
The composition and the sharpness are at the top too!
Angshu (56760) 2009-06-06 8:43
Woow! This is true to the name of the photographic company for sure. I remember seeing a picture of this Basin quite a while back & was wondering about the name (which was clarified), but I don't remember seeing anything as gorgeous as this! The "Intense Red Light" switch :-)...I don't know how I can express this in words..maybe the colours on the rain soaked rocks are more intense...three bands of colours, green, red & blue, makes the red rocks stand out. Simply superb!
cherryripe (21033) 2009-06-06 9:48
Thanks to Henks' and your photo, I want to visit this place this summer too. I doubt I'll get this superb light though. The red is so strong and contrasting. It's excellent how you've got the cloud hovering over the top.
plimrn (21344) 2009-06-07 13:36
You really captured the sense of the clouds just parting, we can see the veil to the right. In addition, the angle of the light and the layers of color all make this very special.
danyy (0) 2009-06-07 23:49
je suis fasciné par les magnifiques couleurs, rendues par la qualité des lumières capturées. Un moment bien choisi dans la journée et un POV tout aussi judicieusement déterminé.
Une grande qualité technique et un filtre polarisant très présent.
mkamionka (38357) 2009-06-08 6:03
It is a very interesting shot.
The colors a bit crazy, as is the contrast, but the final effect may be a bit unearthly but really picturesque.
Your composition is very original.
TFS, it is an amazing place.
daddo (27010) 2009-06-09 5:07
Puts my Uluru photos to shame. Brilliant rock formations and lovely variety of vegetation, all aglow with the all pervasive light. Regards. Klaudio.
clio (27961) 2009-06-09 13:09
Thank's God of the photo! (I perceive him in the cloud!!!) this composition where the zones of colors succeed one another horizontally: light green, dark green, ochre grey gold-coloured and blue dark red is really extraordinary.
I am happy that you were able to attend this show and to share it with us.
kokoro-zukai (10) 2009-06-11 23:57
Landscapes is your thing, endless images I've seen in your lot are remarkable...
Sad to lose Henk here in TE, good giving a title to his name. His works are phenomenal and will always be on our mind!
jmcl (14535) 2009-06-26 7:58
I love the vibrant color on the stone .. it leaps away from the rest of the image and off my screen .. even without the sunset shades incredibly interesting light and tone .. I love the dark shadows on the rock as well. very nice.
giorgimer (34941) 2009-07-08 12:28
I like a lot US natural parks- Wonderful shapes in your image, colors are a bit too saturated in my opinion, nice result anyway.
Very well done!
BennyV (18083) 2009-09-02 0:15
After my two months' summer break away from computer screens, it's a pleasure on this rainy morning to browse through your uploads. There are so many great shots, very different from what I try to do, but do I like them!
This one caught my special attention because of the title. (I miss Henk here.) Friends have suggested either Chili or the US as a future destination for us, your pictures are another very, very strong argument.
Dragut (14) 2009-10-04 0:22
Nice these red rockd opposed to the sky, with intensiity......
vmukherjee (612) 2009-10-18 10:05
Excellent shot! The bright orange on a bg of blue looks fascinating. Beautiful light, composition and colours. Thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: Kristine KL (avene) (12675)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-05-27
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D 200, Nikkor 18-200 3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR, Nikon CircPolar II 72mm
- Exposure: f/9.5, 1/30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-06-02 4:50
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