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    Re: Painted Desert, Arizona

    Very interesting perspective. Looks almost like a seaside shot or is it ?

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    Richard

    I'm craving to see that at a larger size. Are you able to do so, or point us to a location where it is larger. I suspect it wil make an enormously positive impact. Even at this size we can see what a spectacular image it is.

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    Re: Painted Desert, Arizona

    Very nice image.

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    Re: Painted Desert, Arizona

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Even at this size we can see what a spectacular image it is.
    The bands of color were once ocean floor at a time when most of North America was below sea level.

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    Re: Painted Desert, Arizona

    Donald,

    This is the last image in my Desert Southwest gallery on my Smugmug site.

    http://rpcrowe.smugmug.com/Other/DES...64635870_T4zTh

    You can choose this image and display it at any size. Actually, I shot this image a few years ago and never worked with it. I was looking for some unprocessed images to play with (I am taking a Photoshop CS-5 class at a community college) and found this long overlooked shot. You are also invited to view any of my other Southwest USA images. I have images from the deserts of California, Utah, and Arizona in this gallery.

    Bobo,

    Now that I look at the image, it does remind me of a seaside shot. Of course, as Frank states, this area was once submerged millions of years ago. It is also an area wherein dinosaurs once roamed!

    Other areas of the Painted Desert have a spectacular assortment of colors including some blues and greens in the rock formations in addition to the usual reddish and yellow formations...

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    Re: Painted Desert, Arizona

    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    This is the last image in my Desert Southwest gallery on my Smugmug site.

    http://rpcrowe.smugmug.com/Other/DES...64635870_T4zTh
    I hadn't looked at that gallery before.

    It is just full of jaw-dropingly stunning images. One reason I think I focus on B & Ws is that I could never make colour images like these. They are beautiful. Will go back and just watch the slideshow again with a glass of wine in hand.

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    Donald,

    Thanks for the compliment. I don't see things in B&W as well as you do. That is why I normally try to work in color. Given good glass, crop cameras can do a decent job on landscapes.

    The Southwest states of the USA have some inspiring scenery. But, as with all landscape shots, the time of day is important. This is especially so when working in the desert. Often mid-day looks flat but, early on in the morning or later in the afternoon when the light is hitting from an angle, rather that from directly overhead the scenery changes into something magical. Another thing that persons from the East Coast of the USA or from Europe don't realize are the vast distances that separate the different areas. They will often try to include too much during the time they have available and therefore lose out on seeing the various venues at the best times of day. However, for some areas which include deeper canyons, the mid day hours are the only times that the canyons receive sunshine at all.

    There is a area of Utah which was named "Kodachrome Basin" by the National Geographic Magazine photographers who "discovered" it. It is an area of immense beauty but very remote with little lodging, except for a Utah State Park campground. I have visited it once but, only during mid-day because of the drive from where I was staying. I very much want to camp there so that I can shoot this lovely area at the best times of the day (right after dawn and at twilight) without driving the long distance in the dark - either before or after shooting. I'd love to camp there during full moon on a clear night...

    This site will provide an overview of the area: http://www.11trk.com/app/inform/?cus...1&form_id=1629

    BTW: Have you looked at my Yosemite National Park, California Gallery? It is located at:

    http://rpcrowe.smugmug.com/Other/Yos...76105480_znpKf

    I have a couple of B&W shots of infrared imagery included there...
    Last edited by rpcrowe; 8th October 2011 at 05:36 PM.

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    Re: Painted Desert, Arizona

    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    This is the last image in my Desert Southwest gallery on my Smugmug site.

    http://rpcrowe.smugmug.com/Other/DES...64635870_T4zTh
    Wow Richard, those are stunning! With that level of photography skill, you are my photography hero! Painted Desert, Arizona

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    It seems to me that some images are posted which have obviously been shot during a clear sunny day yet their colours are quite dull - almost as though they have been recorded during a partial solar eclipse!

    However, not this one - it is a wonderful image, Richard, full of rich colours that give it life and depth, as are the other images in your amazing gallery.

    Thank you very much for posting both this image and also the gallery link.

    Philip
    Last edited by MrB; 8th October 2011 at 10:00 PM.

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    Re: Painted Desert, Arizona

    Frank and Phillip...

    Thanks for the kind compliments. I think that this gallery might prove that a person doesn't have to automatically grab for an UWA lens when landscapes are wanted. The shortest focal length I used for this gallery was 20mm on a 1.6x Canon DSLR and many were shot at 100mm and more using my 70-200mm f/4L IS lens...
    Last edited by rpcrowe; 8th October 2011 at 10:43 PM.

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    Re: Painted Desert, Arizona

    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    Donald,

    This is the last image in my Desert Southwest gallery on my Smugmug site.

    http://rpcrowe.smugmug.com/Other/DES...64635870_T4zTh

    You can choose this image and display it at any size. Actually, I shot this image a few years ago and never worked with it. I was looking for some unprocessed images to play with (I am taking a Photoshop CS-5 class at a community college) and found this long overlooked shot. You are also invited to view any of my other Southwest USA images. I have images from the deserts of California, Utah, and Arizona in this gallery.

    Bobo,

    Now that I look at the image, it does remind me of a seaside shot. Of course, as Frank states, this area was once submerged millions of years ago. It is also an area wherein dinosaurs once roamed!

    Other areas of the Painted Desert have a spectacular assortment of colors including some blues and greens in the rock formations in addition to the usual reddish and yellow formations...
    I just seen it full size Wow wow wow wow, am I getting too excited and showing my age; I don't care, wow wow wow

    It would fit nice on my wall.

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    Re: Painted Desert, Arizona

    Quote Originally Posted by arith View Post
    It would fit nice on my wall.
    It already fits nicely as the wallpaper on my PC! Thank you, Richard for making it available in the original size!

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