This is Colorado National Monument, a protected Area in Colorado. It cannot compete with other famous partners in the USA, like Bryce Canyon, or Canyonlands, but is is still a very beautiful area, worth a one day visit if you happen to be there.
Evening thunderstorms are common is summer, and they turn the sky to very dark, creating perfect conditions for photography.
Scenned from Velvia 50
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horatiuTT (4570) 2008-03-20 1:34
wow...impressive panorama,such an unusual landscape.Quite
amazing the light with that big shadow.Superb quality.
fayeulle (27827) 2008-03-20 1:45
The storm is coming! I really like the light. Not easy with a Velvia with such natural contrast. Result : some parts of the cliff are overexposed. It's impossible to change this with a diapo film
sevy (15009) 2008-03-20 2:37
It is true that the lightning is very good on this shot. It is modeling the landscape, helping to separate the different grounds of the composition.
A very good landscape photo where the high saturation of the velvia was welcome.
baba_flies (8829) 2008-03-20 7:43
I was there too, not many have, they mostly move over to Utah as you describe it. And "same same" situation, we had a bad thunderstorm when we were there and it came quick so we were hiding in the car hoping to survive :) My photos are I don't know a bit so so la la, I guess we were tired from all the driving which does not help to make good pictures. It is a beautiful area and I have some photos published close by (you don't have to look, I just mention it in case ...). Your lovely post brings back memories of a great summer we had last year ... thanks for showing ... Barbara.
PS. Funny enough not many people (Europeans) realized that Colorado has a red center, and actually my travel guides did not cover it either much. What a shame, it is worth all the driving, no question.
crhieatt (5347) 2008-03-20 10:20
Great shot of this fantastic landscape - I went here not expecting too much and was blown away by the place (and there are many more hidden gems in this area).
Thanks for the reminder!
Fraipont (218) 2008-03-21 8:19
POV très impressionnant, presque vertigineux ! Une grande impression d'espace renforcée par une lumière bien répartie !
lucski (3691) 2008-03-21 13:32
another great shot
atmosphere is really amazing,
nice composition and good POV
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-03-23 3:27
Very nice compo from this impressive natural place.
I like a lot the exposure you choose, and the overall atmosphere of the image.
Longroute (19392) 2008-03-23 7:50
Scatto riuscitissimo, sia per le condizioni di luce presenti al momento che per l'ottima inquadratura. Ottima anche la nitidezza malgrado sia una immagine scansionata. Anche se siamo abituati a vedere immagini spettacolari del Gran Canyon, questo canyon "minore" (l'avevo da prima scambiato per il G.C.)
è di tutto rispetto. Originale la resa dei colori, che tendono al verde e all'azzurro, mentre nelle immagini consuete del GC sono i rossi-marron-gialli a fare da padroni.
Credo che ancora una volta abbia saputo rendere egregiamente questo soggetto.
guitianmiranda (5327) 2009-07-18 11:58
You just forgot to catch some native Indians and cowboys riding his horses in the canyon. Very nice view with an excellent light over the cliffs.
best regards Stefano.
Dyerco (10185) 2009-09-23 7:46
It's all in the light and you nailed it here. Well done.