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Totem Pole at First Light

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 5 June 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is the Totem Pole and the Yei Bi Chei rocks at first light in Monument Valley Arizona. The sand dune location is only accessible with a Navajo Indian guide. I was very appreciative of Tom Phillips who was absolutely fantastic in taking me to some of these beautiful locations and making sure I did not get eaten by Coyotes, snakes, or scorpions in Monument Valley.

Bill Brown from California, United States


5 Jun 2009 5:43am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

What a stunning location! Lucky you Scott! Superbly captured at first light with tremendous depth, detail and magnificent composition!

5 Jun 2009 6:35am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Amazing capture. I love the vivid colurs. It's all neat, and the angle of the light is excellent. great job Scott

5 Jun 2009 11:01am

zOOm from Paris, France

Really a beautiful landscape, amazing what rain, wind and time can achieved ! Nice warm colors and lights too !

5 Jun 2009 11:24am

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

Amazing landscape. Thanks for getting up early. It really paid off.

5 Jun 2009 11:47am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

I remember so well this fabulous place with these strange ripped rocks, but for me it was against the light and my photos were no good... Beautiful light and warm colors.

5 Jun 2009 12:09pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wow...amazing light and composition. The colours are so pure, so perfect. As always, so beautiful!

5 Jun 2009 12:57pm

peter from new york, United States

sounds like quite the experience scott! stunning shot : )

5 Jun 2009 1:43pm

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Scott, your every new picture is a big surprise . It is always some thing I only see on your pictures . Tahnks for sharing such an amazing collection with us .

5 Jun 2009 2:15pm

Don Smith from California, United States

Another keeper Scott. Again, I like the use of foreground elements to help anchor the eye. There is an implied diagonal line with the chaparral which leads the eye up through the image and to the rocks. You also adhered to another guideline of minimizing a blank sky as much as possible. The warm first light of the day bathes the rocks allowing the rich color to finish off the image - well done as usual!

5 Jun 2009 2:55pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Stunning! This looks better than the photos in Arizona Highways, or what ever that magazine is.

5 Jun 2009 5:08pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Marvelous light. Superb detail throughout. Excellent foreground. Bravo.

5 Jun 2009 5:37pm

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

splendid colours, lights & composition.......the depth of field is incredible

5 Jun 2009 5:40pm

Jen from St. George, United States

Scott, you have such a gift for capturing truly glorious light! Time and again that's the first thing I think of when I see your photos. And then you use those great composition skills you've got to find the best way to "feature" that light. Needless to say, this photo is stunning!

5 Jun 2009 6:16pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

What a gorgeous shot. The light is perfect. I must say that we are going through here on the way to California this summer and we must stop in this area.

5 Jun 2009 7:15pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

What amazing landscape.

5 Jun 2009 8:34pm

ZoomLNZ from Los Angeles Area, United States

Perfect in every way. The hard edge of the desert brush really communicates the reality of the region. Well done..... again.

5 Jun 2009 8:35pm

Dawn Bayer from Whitehall, United States

Beautiful landscape!

5 Jun 2009 8:38pm

Xavier from Troyes, France

Amazing colours in this beautiful picture !

5 Jun 2009 9:07pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

This is a spectacular view.

5 Jun 2009 9:12pm

MMC Photos from THE COLONY, United States

Stunning landscape, I'm glad you ventured out. Is this HD?

6 Jun 2009 3:41am

@MMC Photos: Thanks for the comment. If you meant is this hdr? This is not an hdr image. The first sunlight was very soft so the light was pretty even throughout the photograph, so I just used the one frame and processed from there

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Awesome shot. I love the colors the the wind ripples on the sand.

6 Jun 2009 5:30am

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

SBFDD ... Same Breathtaking Feeling Different Day ...Scott thank you so much for sharing great photos with us day by day...I especially love the warming tones of this one!

6 Jun 2009 7:30am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Wonderful view amd great colors, I'd like to see this with my own eyes :)

6 Jun 2009 10:35am

Sarah from Switzerland

Fabulous shot and what a place!

6 Jun 2009 3:26pm

dan from kenmare, Andorra

monument valley is a fun spot

6 Jun 2009 11:31pm

ishm from dubai, United Arab Emirates

Fabulous shot! like always, naturally :)
i totally agree with Don's comment.
'The warm first light of the day bathes the rocks allowing the rich color to finish off the image'

8 Jun 2009 3:57am

Miguel Almeida from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful and an outstanding frame

8 Jun 2009 11:43am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


9 Jun 2009 12:16pm

Sylvie49 capture image! from Vallée de la Loire, France

Magnificent place and magnificent photo

14 Dec 2009 6:51pm