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    Posted: 24 May 2019 at 12:21
After such a stunning episode in Canyon X, the remaining part of the day was spent catching our breath and taking stock of what we had seen and experienced. However, the day still had one last moment to share with us. We had been informed by our B&B host of 'the best sunset location' in Page and, as the sun started to settle, it was off to the maps and the hill above the Hotel/Marina complex on Lake Powell. I don't believe we were disappointed...

1. Power Station View



2. Gathering Clouds



3. Late Light on Navajo Butte



4. Landscape With Mormon Tea



5. Marina View



6. Lowering Sun



7. Changing Conditions



8. Meteorological Layers



9. Red Rain on Monument Valley



10. A Passing Blue Hour



11. End of the Day



This was spectacular stuff - the only slight regret was that we were not in Monument Valley to experience what looked like a pretty violent storm (I never caught one lightning bolt!).

Thanks for looking and comments always appreciated!

Best regards., Neil.
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Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

This was spectacular stuff ...


Indeed, quite the display of nature's storms, colors and formations all in a single shot! #9 - I think this is a crop away from being a one-of-a-kind image. If it were me, and it isn't (!), I'd crop away the upper two-thirds or so of the image down to that dark sliver of storm clouds that starts at about the midpoint of the frame and goes to the right. In the resulting narrow panorama, the eye has a perfect path from the open, light upper left going over the framing of the "monuments" in the lower left, going under the point of the dark cloud formation and right to that spectacular rain with its wonderful texture and color. If you don't like this suggestion, it's the teacher that failed, not me!
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Only the big sky of the desert southwest could dwarf the majesty of the that landscape. I was hoping you would make these choices. Sometimes the sky cooperates and sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes we crop.
Did you plan this variety of shots before getting on the ground?
How much did the "in the moment" impact of the landscape affect your images?
Any missed opportunities?
Regrets?

Thanks for sharing such an important experience. I for one will not forget it.
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That's a very beautiful sequel to the 17th instalment.

For me two things stand out: In the first five images - and particularly in #3 and #5 - I very much like the layering of distant zones differing as to the light and their general character providing an enormous three-dimensional experience of depth. In the other six images I really admire the selecting of different moods according to their lighting an colors. #6, #8, #9, #10 and #11 hanging on a wall in a row would give a gorgeous view of mood and color changes in that landscape.

Great work, Neil, again!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2019 at 20:45
Thanks everyone for the kind words. A few comments to reflect upon:

Roger - yes; you are correct and this is almost exactly what was suggested by a local Camera Club Judge this year who saw this. I do have the cropped image in much the same way as you suggest and it was submitted to the KCPA Exhibition but didn't get an acceptance. Personally (and I think it's the scientist in me), I'm fascinated on this shot by the layers of different clouds and weather formations that all combine into a single instant; the heavy rain (and the lightning that I didn't catch); the colours imparted by the low light and the relative calm above but with a looming - and significantly darker - upper layer. perhaps what I am trying to portray is unachievable: what the eye and mind see at the time and which the image cannot portray?

JST1 - Jeff: I think you state it as it is - it's our choice to crop and to try and represent what we felt at the time as best we can; only the very, very best photographers achieve that (and I am certainly still trying!). And as for the variety of shots - no; this is a case of 'working the scene'; moving around, changing the shooting location as best one can and keeping an eye on the changing light both in front AND behind me. Missed opportunities...? Lots - never got the lightning shot....

Harald - thank you for the comments and the feeling of dimensionality that these give you - in some ways that's hard for me to judge as I know I have a moderate eye condition where my feeling of 3D isn't as good as it should be (I cannot do those 3D puzzles for example) so that I can get this effect in an image is, indeed, rather gratifying! As for the prints - that is, indeed, something to think about and we do have a wall that looks rather bare at the moment...

Thanks again everyone and best regards, Neil.
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Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

Roger - Personally (and I think it's the scientist in me), I'm fascinated on this shot by the layers of different clouds and weather formations that all combine into a single instant; the heavy rain (and the lightning that I didn't catch); the colours imparted by the low light and the relative calm above but with a looming - and significantly darker - upper layer.


And that is the amazing part of this scene - there are so many diverse elements present, e.g., at least four different types of clouds (based on my impeccable memory from my meteorology class taken in 1969!). And, that sliver of bright light topping the clouds in the middle, almost improbable given the dark clouds above and the storm/rain clouds below. Now that I ponder the scene a bit, it is not natural, it is your Photoshop skills at work.

My crop suggestion simply reveals my preference for simple images. I, however, can certainly appreciate the image as is. It must have been amazing to be there live and in person.
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Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

it is your Photoshop skills at work. .


We will make a Kent County Camera Club Judge of you yet, Roger!

The scene really is 'as was' - and yes; I'm still amazed at the combination of such extreme light and shade in a single location.

thanks again and best regards, Neil.
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Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

We will make a Kent County Camera Club Judge of you yet, Roger!


The image is nice as it is. What is missing is an American Bald Eagle in the foreground, a crescent moon in that open space to the right (a full moon, while not preferable, would do), and John Wayne on horseback in full gallop with quite the dust trail behind him. Oh well, too bad.

That should qualify me as an apprentice judge. don't you think?
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You've got the job!

Now - back to serious things.....
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