Petrified red/orange sandstone dunes in the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness which straddles the border of Utah and Arizona south of Kanab,Utah. This geographically remote area is also known as the the Arizona Strip.
This heavily regulated natural area can be a gold mine for landscape photography. This same area contains the fantastic symmetric formations of the "Wave" and Coyotte Buttes as well as an entrance to one of the premier slot canyons in the Southwest - The Buckskin Gulch. Additionally, Lake Powell is close by.
But it can be a difficult place to visit since only 10 people per day are allowed to enter the area. It's also a harsh, hot, remote desert environment and you must hike a few trail-less miles to find this particular area. I recommend visiting in early May when the temperatures are mild, the chance for rain is small, and the days are getting long.
For this shot, I waited until late afternoon and took a low angle to accentuate the lines. I exposed for the warmest possible color on the sandstone.
Post Processing - USM, minor crop, noise/dust filter on the sky
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poulinp (4530) 2006-08-15 12:56
I would say that this is an unusual (closer) view of this place, so thanks for the originality! I also like the game of light, and the contrasting colors. Well done.
francbois (480) 2006-08-15 13:07
I can't fail to see what a paradisiac experimental spot it's here. Did many photomaniacs emigrate there to live as ermits? :)
I like your pov(wow) a lot. Must be quite dangerous to try and climb the water-level marks, so that you can get such amazing compos.
Good choices, cheers, F'(out of...)
fijiphil (1355) 2006-08-15 17:37
Doug, much as I like what you have achieved here, I can't help but feel you really needed to be there at either sunrise or sunset. The colours are just a little too dull for me - now you're gonna tell me, it was sunrise/sunset!! In which case I would say, well you needed to get there a little earlier / wait a little longer.
rewshearer (682) 2006-08-15 19:34
There is something very appealing about "forbidden" parts of the world - it increases the market value of a photograph like this hugely!
(There is an Arizona-like landscape in Australia which is totally off limits to tourists in order to preserve it ... you can only view it by charter-plane!)
Beautiful spot, beautiful shot.
pboehringer (770) 2006-08-16 15:25
I was waiting for this picture a long time, Douglas. I saw your intro picture and wondered how long it would take you to post you pictures of this unique place. I love the contrast of the warm and red colors with white almost vertical stripes against the dark rock and deep blue sky. I'm not quite sure if I agree with Philip, but would be a thought.
Did you use a polarizing filter here? And if not, how did you achieve this deep blue sky?
Best Regards, Peter
kasperp (494) 2006-08-17 15:51
Really nice effect you created with the low angle here. I feel like riding the wave :-).
rahul__rahul__ (2250) 2006-08-18 16:03
H i Douglas
the colors in this are amazing, depth is great and I like the POV.
anducina (8407) 2006-08-19 4:15
Interesting POV, absolutely splendid colour, this pink of the sandstone. Interesting texture. Beautiful combination of colours: pink, dark-brown, blue.
benkrut (2407) 2006-08-19 12:08
How come I missed this amazing place during my journey to Arizona? Great colours and lines on the rock. I wish the rock in the background was less dark.
mightyweed (1292) 2006-08-24 8:44
Hi, Doug..it is amazing picture, I like the composition,colors and the subject of course..a very valuable description for me...I am going there in September...and was not aware that only 10 people a day are allowed. Please let me know how do you sign for the entry?
clic (17883) 2006-09-14 13:25
Nice perspective created by all these orange and yellow lines, leading to the oblique view of the abyss.
Quite an artful presentation !
- Copyright: Douglas Arrasin (darrasin) (2860)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-06-13
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon Elan 7/NE, Canon 28-105 F 3.5/4.5, Fuji Velvia 50
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The American Southwest, The Wave [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-08-15 12:48