Monument Valley provides perhaps the most enduring and definitive images of the American West. The isolated red mesas and buttes surrounded by empty, sandy desert have been filmed and photographed countless times over the years for movies, advertisements, and holiday brochures. Because of this, the area may seem quite familiar, even on a first visit, but it is soon evident that the natural colours really are as bright and deep as those in all the pictures. The valley is not a valley in the conventional sense, but rather a wide flat, sometimes desolate landscape, interrupted by the crumbling formations rising hundreds of feet into the air, the last remnants of the sandstone layers that once covered the entire region.
This photo was from about ten years ago. Scanned and levels auto-adjusted with photoshop.
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Gustaw (21670) 2007-03-25 9:30
It is very interesting view with beautiful strong colours. I like your composition. Beautiful mountains, sky, esrth. Well done.
gemlik (983) 2007-03-25 10:56
The light and colors are beautiful with nice sharpness.very good POV and incredible composition.TFS
bracasha75 (24589) 2007-03-25 13:22
What to say by so perfect colors
Simpley beautiful and i now why you in my favorite list
jmcl (14535) 2007-03-25 19:59
this is a really interesting and beautiful image of this place .. the foreground is so vibrant .. the sky is beautiful .. almost feels like an ocean view to me .. the monuments themselves in the shadow .. really unique palette for the place.
vincz (19113) 2007-03-26 3:29
Beautiful landscape with splendid colours. the polarizer was wisely used to get a fantastic deep blue sky with wonderful clouds. Great shot.
Gerrit (52097) 2007-03-26 4:15
I'm surprised by the amount of green grass in the valley. It must have been a peiod with extensive rain when you visited.
Great overview. strong composition.
fayeulle (27827) 2007-03-26 5:07
I really like the Velvia style. You got stunning colors !
really a good shot !
jojo31 (1601) 2007-03-26 7:14
splendide composition et jolie perspective
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-03-26 7:31
Excellent low POV, give a very beautiful contrast between the blue sky and the brown of the land.
Lovely clouds, great capture here !
TFS and greetings
axiotea (21651) 2007-03-26 12:03
Already from the thumbnails the photo is very attractive to the eye. A spectacular landscape with harmonious light, great color contrast and a beautiful sky. It goes to my theme 'more fav.pictures'.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-03-26 16:06
The stark color contrast of this photo is superb. For a scanned image, the resolution is quite good ... especially the sky which has the same quality as your recent Nikon shots. You must be running out of photo stock because you're now into scanning old photos ... time to go for another holiday:) Have a nice day, Bay. TFS
plimrn (21344) 2007-03-26 20:55
Your photo of this classic view seems so true that it brings back great memories. I remember a day much like this; so I especially like the clouds in the excellent sky and the bright foreground colors. I visited this place when I was eleven with my father; we met his brother & my cousins there. It was such a special trip that it has always been a special place to me. HLJ, Pat
singuanti (15250) 2007-03-26 22:44
Hi Danilo. Yes no place says the American west like this place does. This is one of those places I need to go. I thought this place was in Arizona? I'm not sure though. But the saturation is great. I'm guessing you used Velvia 50 here. Wonderful shot Danilo!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2007-03-27 4:58
We already saw this view more and more, but it is again interesting and amazing.
jhm (155370) 2007-03-27 7:00
My compliments for this one, a scanned picture with this quality this is formidable, colours and composition are superb! The sharpness and clarity are wonderful!
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day,
Benedict (7076) 2007-03-27 8:30
you can never go wrong with quality..tho a century old or so as it is one of your best! well composed, vivid and picturesque! napakaganda, dan!!
anducina (8407) 2007-03-27 13:33
Superb colors, spectacular landscape, the color of the field are amazing, so are the canyon silhouettes and the blue sky and the clouds.
Silke (3027) 2007-03-28 10:13
A truly stunning image on so many levels!
Excellent POV, perfect colours, excellent sharpness -- nothing short of perfect in any detail
hay_kes (31435) 2007-03-28 13:44
Wooooowww!! what a beautiful image. mounument valley is perfect. very well done.Regards and TFS.
evanrizo (456) 2007-03-28 14:17
An excellent result, the image has many sides-many things they are very good.
The colors layers-almost yelow red nad after the green,the almost lila rocks and the nice blue sky with the very interesting clouds give us this wonderful result, very very good worked here.
sabyasachi1212 (19779) 2007-03-28 14:18
Be it Phillippines, Vietnam or USA, you always manage to get these scintillating colours. The Monumnet Valley is indeed a photographer's paradise and you present an excellent POV here.
With Greetings from India
Emile (20352) 2007-03-28 16:17
Excellent composition with a magnificent view of the beautiful Monument Valley, well seen in many cowboy movies during many years, your POV is very good. Great composition and good sharp colors. Well done.
leo61 (0) 2007-03-28 16:35
Good shot of these unique monuments,well composed with the typical red earth of this area in the foreground.
Good quality for an old scanned image ,nice bright colors and contrast and a nice cloudformation.
Graal (103034) 2007-03-29 2:17
great panorama from the famous valley. Nice lines of colours, good composition. I like this landscape. Good work and quality.
clnaef (6289) 2007-03-29 8:07
Voilà un angle de vue très bien choisi. Le contrsate em plait bien.
Clementi (52514) 2007-03-30 4:13
this is a really interesting and beautiful image.great color contrast and a beautiful sky.
zeca (19762) 2007-03-30 21:30
Beautiful work on colours! Excellent DOF! The landscape is amazing!!!
berek (50504) 2007-03-31 0:47
interesting nature view my friend. you caught very good perspective with your successfully point of view. beautiful colors and framing. have a nice weekend.
Budapestman (82620) 2007-03-31 4:32
What a fascinating and glittering spectacle. Gorgeous colours and very fine details. Superb composition and great atmosphere. Excellent work, indeed. Have a nice weekend.
captainsgirl (3448) 2007-04-02 18:31
Oh I've got to add this on to my places I want to go see..this is very beautiful. Great job with the scanned image! TFS
Thanks for your comments on my photo " Sun Setting on Spring (28) " :o)
feather (51130) 2007-04-05 17:34
Excellent quality scan; the colours are so vivid. On other photos I have seen there is not so much green. Very good work.
banyanman (7789) 2007-04-06 9:58
Firstly I must commend you on the excellent technical quality of this old scan, Danilo. The compoisiton is of course a 'classic' from this part of the world, but you have executed it perfectly with wonderful colour saturation that doesn't look unreal. The polariser works particularly well in this shot. Cheers . . . David
bakes888 (18499) 2007-04-07 3:55
Hi Danilo. You have captured a great sky to crown the monuments. Great photo. Well composed and well saturated colours. Thanks for sharing.
Zandell (241) 2007-04-08 15:43
I like the colors an deep of focus...
Very realistic wind from right to left...
So many different green..
Love the picture/.
Happy Easter !
vagabondtravels (6511) 2007-04-09 5:26
Great landscape. Some really nice colors. Good scan. What depth, you can really see forever. Well done.
pablominto (53746) 2007-04-13 7:51
Strong colours and some characteristic rock formations!
An interesting image telling the story, and your note adds nicely to that...
Well framed presentation of Monument Valley!
ChrisJ (116136) 2007-04-15 11:37
A wonderful warm vs cold color contrast, between the red fg earth, & distant blue sky on the horizon. Excellent sharpness, color, & framing. Well done!
saylan-cb (12738) 2007-04-15 14:03
It is very interesting scene.Great colours and very good compo, excellent sharpness,well done.
Angshu (56760) 2007-04-16 3:40
The light & the colours in this picture of the Monument valley is lovely. The foreground colours are excellent & the warm tones contrast well with the blue sky with clouds. Your landscape shots are as always a treat to watch
gelarsen (437) 2007-05-10 20:14
Very nice photo enhanced even more in your photoshop.
The increased contrast is especially noticeable.
Wanda1 (15142) 2007-05-13 10:27
A lovely landscape using a good wide angle. Love the sky and the feeling of vastness, and the colours are great too.
agbonavita (0) 2007-05-31 7:12
Hi Danilo, a very pretty photo of the USA west. A very common scene in movies with that rocks formation.
the colors are fantastic as well as the depth here. It is true that the place has many snakes?
bruce_wayne (1507) 2007-06-11 6:49
wonderful!!!!!!!!! Very good contrast and colors in this great view from Utah. Bravissimo...
chrisnet (23046) 2007-11-06 9:54
Excellent POV and framing, the light and colors are superb, very good composition.
JCG (35129) 2007-11-06 10:53
I am always fascinated by this splendid American wild landscape. A quite pretty panorama with a beautiful depth of the image. The original colors are very pleasant. Place which makes me dream, thank you Danilo.
With all my friendships,
Bluejeans (64251) 2007-11-15 5:33
Ola Danilo ,
Que paisagem fantastica , muito interessante os diferentes tons de cores , boa profundidade de foto , o ceu ficou fantastico , parabens!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Charo (51212) 2007-11-16 10:27
Bellísimo paisaje con grandes contrastes. Me encanta la luz y los colores.
belido (19934) 2007-12-20 2:55
this view has something different than I usually see in here. Don't know if it's because of the color treatment or those foreground plants. The fact is that I like this a lot. Great work!
- Copyright: Danilo Martinez (cunejo200) (7281)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1996-09-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon F100, Tamron 28/200, Hoya Polarizer
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): More favorites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-03-25 9:24