We're so lucky to see the rainbow over the monuments. The wind was very strong; the tripod wasn't a big helper that evening.
Monument Valley is located on the southern border of Utah with northern Arizona. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation near the town of Goulding and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163. The Navajo name for the valley is Tsé Bii' Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks).
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, adverts 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.
- info from wikipedia
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Yamada (2309) 2006-07-14 21:04
All I can say is AWESOME SHOT!!!!!
gsimon (387) 2006-07-14 21:17
I agree WOW
Perfect in every way
ninadev (5377) 2006-07-14 21:18
As if the rainbow was pouring its color on the desert. Superb!
avigur_11 (22069) 2006-07-14 21:27
The rainbow is almost the only evidence that this picture as taken on Earth, and noot on Mars. Wonderfulafter-storm light, and a mzing viw of the desert. Very well done, Henryk.
mkawalec (544) 2006-07-14 21:34
Awesome. That's all what I have to stay.
james-r (676) 2006-07-14 21:44
Any criticism would be churlish, this is a superb image! Lovely colours throughout, well composed, super sky and the bonus of a rainbow! well done indeed!
capthaddock (28790) 2006-07-14 22:06
This is incredible, only happens to the lucky few, the best photo of this monument I've seen so far, definitely added to my faves
jinju (14265) 2006-07-14 22:08
swietne zdjecie. Swiatlo idealne a do tego jeszcze tecza! Footgraficzny jackpot:) Masz swietna prace poniewaz placa ci abys jezdzil sobie po pioeknych miejscach i masz szanse robic takie zdjecia. Swietna robota.
ccooper (840) 2006-07-14 22:25
I have four syllables for you: Phe-nom-en-al!
Silke (3027) 2006-07-14 22:38
A very powerful shot, with great clarity and superb colour. I really appreciate the way the curves echo each other, from rock to cloud to rainbow.
Well seen and well captured
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2006-07-14 22:59
Excellent shot with a superb POV and very nice colors. Very well done.
alana (2625) 2006-07-15 0:44
I have no words. Absolutely incredible image... Colors, perspective, rainbow, composition... all of this makes a strong photo. Bravo
besnard (52189) 2006-07-15 1:32
Superbe cliché de cet endroit magique. Belle luminosité avec ce ciel tourmenté. J'y étais l'été dernier. C'est un souvenir inoubliable.
Merci pour le partage et bon week-end.
jjcordier (73640) 2006-07-15 1:37
Wonderful picture, Henryk! Splendid landscape, beautiful light and colours..and the rainbow in bonus...fantastic!
buzelman (0) 2006-07-15 2:02
Hi Henryk!...Fantastic moment you caught there...Of course it is also the picture which I like that much, but for me the unknown landscape is almost more amazing...I've never been to a desert so I still have to build my image how it has to be in my mind...therefore I need such pics as you did and because of that I love that kind of picture!
wolf38 (30522) 2006-07-15 2:22
A very beautiful and well arranged landscape with marvelous colors and a wonderful rainbow. Very beautifully. Many greetings, Wolfgang
fayeulle (27827) 2006-07-15 2:31
Absolute beauty ! Direct to my favorites. Just looking with nothing to add
imrek (4) 2006-07-15 2:52
very good shot, an excellent landscape with rainbow...very well done!
pasternak (15177) 2006-07-15 3:03
Incredible again, Henryk! Stunning light, stunning rainbow, stunning POV... Fantastic picture!
Marche (4307) 2006-07-15 5:05
Avoir en même temps à monument Valley, du soleil, des nuages d'orage et un arc en ciel, bravo, il fallait être là au bon moment.
Fantastique cliché avec un excellent POV et de magnifiques couleurs
MyriamVillert (3223) 2006-07-15 5:12
Le paysage est déjà à la base grandiose mais avoir la chance d'obtenir en plus un arc-en-ciel et un ciel d'orage est inespéré ! quelle chance ! Une invitation au voyage des plus réussie ! Magnifique ! Bravo Henryk !
tcht (7565) 2006-07-15 5:29
Beautiful decisive shot! The Lighting si simply amazing and you've focused that rainbow perfectly, and framed it well - surrouding it with all four rock monuments. Great textures and details too. Congratz!!
marom (467) 2006-07-15 5:38
Looking at this photo I have an impression that it is 3-dimentional. Light is going through several zones: from deep dramatic, and the rainbow, working as a divining line, to a dreamy horizon with fluffy clouds. The drama is enhanced by a hole in the clouds, which seems to try to swallow the far-right rock. The rocks? We saw them at movies. They are amazing.
josepmarin (57571) 2006-07-15 10:42
The spectacularity and the beauty of the Monument Valley you have caught it in a while of impressive light, and you have been able to make this still more beautiful landscape in your photo.
The definition is perfect, we can see with clarity all the details and textures of rocks, the clouds in the sky are impressive, and the rainbow adds a precious detail.
The illumination with the sun so low gives warm tones to the photo, and great and beautiful shades.
The photo has in addition a great depth.
vincent24 (9060) 2006-07-15 11:06
Nice capture of a rare moment,the rainbow add a touch of magic,great job,
euryan (8436) 2006-07-15 11:56
You lucky dog! A rainbow right in Monument Valley! I'm very jealous. I like how well you've captured this unique moment. They composition is great. Some parts look a little over exposed, but it's still a wonderful photo.
fallan (1860) 2006-07-15 12:21
Doesn't get much better than this. If you could knock down the brightness on the rock at the right, it would be even perfect
Didi (55145) 2006-07-15 12:56
Very nice picture
Your composition is different and far away the tourist traditional post card.
You were present in theese meteoroligal conditions and I not a good control of the lights.
Sekhmet73 (4145) 2006-07-15 13:19
.... WOW!!! Terrific colors, terrific pov, terrific place... and lucky to see a ranbow there! Absolutely amazing!
jmdias (52918) 2006-07-15 19:01
Fantastic place. Your photos are ever interesting. Congratulations
stefi (1230) 2006-07-16 16:23
Great, great shot for a unique moment!
I agree with capthaddock, it is one of the best shot that I have seen from Monument Valley.
deano (178) 2006-07-16 17:10
Hi Henryk, this is an outstanding shot. A shot in a million. Great lighting, colours,details and very well composed. Breathtaking, well done and TFS.
rmatthews (945) 2006-07-16 19:39
Very nice. The shadow in the foreground is unfortunate, but the rest of the image is FANTASTIC! Good color, great sharpness, perfect exposure. I really like this image.
Very well done.
Quentin (5280) 2006-07-17 2:18
What a stunning landscape!! The light is so great and your
composition his excellent. We already saw a lot of photo from
this place but yours has really something more. The rainbow,
the sky or the light ? Congratulation ! Cheers
atus (15838) 2006-07-22 3:26
very nice shot, excellent light and weather conditions. The pov is very good and the perspective is great. Fantastic postcard of one of my favorite places in the world. Unfortunately I missed what was the highlight of my trip in the States, because of a storm (called Nora!!) which did not permit the departure of the small plain from LV. Maybe in the future... Nice work! TFS and all the best!
fabio_ts (13694) 2006-07-24 5:33
Probably the best Monument Valley's picture here on TE.. absolutely GREAT!!
thanks for sharing.
boonie (779) 2006-07-28 17:31
I know why I have you on my favorites list - Every time you post I get to look at a quality photo. What can I say - the lighting is perfect - your wide angle does a great job.
Danzi (2461) 2006-08-02 3:10
Fantastic shot Henryk!
This is incredible, only happens to the lucky few, the best photo of this monument I've seen so far. You really were at the right time!
Your shot is really powerful! The rainbow, the light and the shadow, everything looks wonderful! Lovely colours, great contrast, beautiful place. Good sharpness and impressive clarity of this composition.
You've created an extremaly atmosphere!
I enjoy it a lot and thanks for sharing!
nord (152) 2006-11-03 15:46
"Marlboro land"...impressive place specially in this weather - dark clouds and rainbow gave the picture specific feeling. Probably you had luck to catch this kind of weather in this arid place. To me this happend at Death Valley this year and it was a strong emotional experience. Very nice shot!
monstruo (316) 2007-01-02 5:45
Fenomenal la composicion Bravo
rui_seabra (205) 2007-01-02 6:28
Great great colours and very fine POV. And the rainbow adds some more magic to it all... it's the non-permanent special element...
And the sky... you were offered great photographing conditions, and unlike most you made the best of them...
I would just probably not have emphasized the rocks in the foreground so much... I think they are taking a little bit too much space in the photo...
fulvio52 (8314) 2007-09-13 14:10
Awesome! It's all I can say!
sweet_universe (1697) 2008-06-25 8:23
Excellent compo, perfect colors and sharpness.
kasianowak (5206) 2014-03-01 11:09
Niesamowity pejzaz w polaczeniu z wyjatkowa pogoda i cudownym swiatlem. I jeszcze do tego tecza!
- Copyright: Henryk Sadura (benkrut) (2407)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-01
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon XT 350D, Canon 18-55mm/f3.5-5.6
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): From Monument Valley, Kasia's Favourites 4 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-14 21:00
- Favorites: 13 [view]