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Monument Valley Sunset

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 1 June 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I had a unique opportunity to visit Monument Valley in the Navajo Nation section of Arizona. It was absolutely amazing to view the geology and the rock formations in this area. I spent an intense 24-48 hours of photography almost around the clock! I was exhausted, but what an incredible experience it was to try and photograph just a small section of this beautiful area! As I processed these images I tried to convey some of the feeling and color that exists as you view this area during the different times of the day and night. I hope to be able to return some day in the future!!

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

What a magnificent view!! I'm speechless! Excellent composition, I like th tree in the foreground. Great photo!

1 Jun 2009 6:51am

ishm from dubai, United Arab Emirates

Absolutely amazing! the tree gives it a bit of a character to the compo..i wonder if you use any lighting/flash for the foreground..Love it.

1 Jun 2009 8:45am

Nerise from Groblersal, South Africa

Excellent shot, perfect light, composition and framing!

1 Jun 2009 9:04am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Beautiful shot and tree !!,Nice :)

1 Jun 2009 9:59am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

A beautiful shot, of the desert colors and of course it wouldn't be half as good w/o the foreground element framing the monuments.

1 Jun 2009 11:01am

zOOm from Paris, France

I love it ! Oh yes ! Wonderful landscape (brings back lots of memories) and terrific HDR ! Well done Scott !

1 Jun 2009 11:46am

Thomas from Bangalore, India

WOW WOW...that's pure art, its one of best creations to date Scott.

1 Jun 2009 12:08pm

Elora from Genoa, Italy

The colours here are absolutely amazing! And the strange tree in the foreground make this truly unique - not the usual sunset shot!

1 Jun 2009 12:57pm

Ken from United States

Scott, you did an amazing job in capturing your AZ experience. I used to live there and this has made me yearn to return for a visit.

1 Jun 2009 1:44pm

Bethany from Michigan, United States

I think you've conveyed the colors and feeling well here. Bravo!

1 Jun 2009 1:47pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Just extraordinary! and what a view.

1 Jun 2009 2:04pm

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

This is a very artistic presentation. One of your finest. Incredible composition.

1 Jun 2009 2:17pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Whoa! We have seen so many shots of this area, and you have really managed a unique view of it! I know that is NOT easy to do! Beautiful light, colors, and Spot on composition!

1 Jun 2009 2:36pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

Extraordinary scene . Stunning post processing !

1 Jun 2009 2:57pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Incredible photograph. Excellent composition. Superb detail. Exquisite light. Just fabulous. Bravo.

1 Jun 2009 5:03pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Brilliant...beautiful...! Lovely color, light and detail....Great composition and processing Scott!

1 Jun 2009 5:57pm

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

Such an amazing shot

1 Jun 2009 8:21pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful shot and another wonderful lone tree!

1 Jun 2009 10:54pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

This is one of the most gorgeous photos I have ever seen! It is 3D looking. I will be driving through Arizona this summer to take my daughter back to school in California and looking for good shots I am doubtful I will catch as nice ones as yours but you've inspired me :)

2 Jun 2009 1:29am

Hannah from Madison, Maine, United States

You've inspired me as well as my mother above. The detail is absolutely amazing. Everything is so clear, even the background. Beautiful. It looks like a postcard.

2 Jun 2009 1:53am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States a painting by Thomas Moran.

2 Jun 2009 4:27am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Simply wonderful, Scott, what a landscape, so beautiful colors and depth. I would like to see it in larger.

2 Jun 2009 5:35am

Margaret from San Martin, CA, United States

If the old Arizona Highways magazine is still being published, this is a photo I would expect to see as the centerfold, somehow eliminating the pesky staples which would detract from the perfection of your exquisite photo. Bravo, Scott!

2 Jun 2009 5:43am

Nigel Clack from gloucester, United Kingdom

Stunning landscape, as is your portfolio. I assume this is HDR?

2 Jun 2009 6:59am

@Nigel Clack: Nigel, thanks for the comments - yes this is an HDR using Photomatix software and 3 bracketed photos

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Scott, that is superb ... as usual. The composition with the dead tree is unusual and noteworthy. I'm still in awe of your processing! What is it you do to get this uniformly superb efedect?

2 Jun 2009 11:44am

@MontereyJohn: Thanks for the kind words - on this image I used Photomatix and combined 3 bracketed images to create an HDR image - I then used PCS4 to do the final processing after creating the HDR image.

Don Smith from California, United States

Scott, this is an absolutely beautiful image - from capture to post processing. I'm with Tracy on this one, we have all seen so many "standard" Monument Valley images that it would have been easy for you in seeing it for the first time to simply reproduce what others have done. Yet, you have done something different and unique. This is because your vision has grown and so has your confidence. In short, your style is emerging to the point that others will be re-creating your images. I'm glad you fought the temptation to re-create what has already been done - bravo! Can't wait to see more.

2 Jun 2009 2:10pm

Gary Hart from California, United States

Beautiful shot, Scott. In addition to the excellent composition, I particularly like that it doesn't scream "HDR!" when I look at it. A good example of appropriate use of HDR in a landscape image.

2 Jun 2009 2:20pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A fantastic panoramic view and a great composition with this dead tree foreground. Excellent work Scott.

2 Jun 2009 2:22pm

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

You are so lucky to have such photographic opportunities and visit such great places. The greatest thing is that you can deliver amazing photographs from your travels and bring them to us...Thank you for that!

2 Jun 2009 8:35pm

ZoomLNZ from Los Angeles Area, United States

What a stunning shot! I hope to aspire to your HDR talents one day. I've just begun to learn the technique.

5 Jun 2009 8:33pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Beautifully images you have here on your site.

5 Jun 2009 8:34pm

Pat Robinson from Palo Alto, CA, United States

Scott, the photos that I have seen are gifts that lift and amaze.
You have talent for finding and capturing color and composition.
Thank you!

6 Jun 2009 2:49am

Penko from United States

Great composition! The 3D is incredible here and the representation of the iron oxide red gives it a very warm almost habitual feeling.

7 Jun 2009 7:54pm

Miguel Almeida from Lisboa, Portugal

Is it real? fantastic

8 Jun 2009 11:50am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

Wow so beautiful

16 Jun 2009 1:53am

Wayne Molyneux from Crewe, United Kingdom

My oh My that is just beautiful the colours saturation & composition are breathtaking.


29 Jun 2009 8:25pm

LCImagery from Oregon, United States

Absolutely stunnig!

21 Sep 2009 4:34am