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Arizona High Desert

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 13 June 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

One of the things that I find fascinating about the Arizona Desert is the afternoon clouds and thunderstorms that form almost on a daily basis during the summer months. This can make for some incredible sunrise and sunset photography as well. This is a photograph of the high desert country near the Betatakin Ruin at the Navajo National Monument - on the way to Monument Valley. Because this area is high desert the plants and trees are simply spectacular that dot the rocky landscape.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This is so beautiful. The sky really makes this shot even better.

13 Jun 2009 5:05am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

I could spend a lot of time out there. Beautiful.

13 Jun 2009 6:28am

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


13 Jun 2009 8:59am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wow...these colours are amazing! You've captured this seems so ancient, and I guess in many ways, it is. Lovely snot!

13 Jun 2009 12:49pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Hi Scott,
The light in this is awesome! I love the way the spots of light coming through the clouds draw my eye around the photograph. This photo has such a wonderful depth, all of the elements come together perfectly here! FANTASTIC!

13 Jun 2009 2:23pm

Rand from Orem, United States

Nice shot. Is it HDR?

13 Jun 2009 3:13pm

@Rand: Dear Rand, yes this is an HDR image using Photomatix and then processed in PCS4 for the final version. thanks for the comments!

Miguel Almeida from Lisbon, Portugal

Hi Scott,
fantastic composition.

13 Jun 2009 6:02pm

Ken from United States

Scott, really like how the clouds form a blanket in the sky. Well done!

13 Jun 2009 6:20pm

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

Oh. Those colors again. Fantastic!

13 Jun 2009 6:39pm

zOOm from Paris, France

Great HDr and great setting again.

13 Jun 2009 7:06pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Scott...I have to take lessons here.....this is so beautiful! What camera did you use here? and I realize it is a HDR image .....but I still must be doing something wrong....seriously!

13 Jun 2009 7:36pm

@Lambspun: I am using a nikon d3 with a 17-35mm wide angle lens on this. I am also shooting in raw in order to try and ire as much data as possible for the processing.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Beautiful, as usual, with all the details so well lit - good shot and excellent processing!

13 Jun 2009 7:59pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb capture of the clouds creating marvelous light and shadow. Beautifully processed (as always).

13 Jun 2009 9:04pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Wonderful, beautiful Scott! Lovely image with superlative processing!

14 Jun 2009 3:35pm

Ilan from Israel

Hard to believe such places exist - a green desert :)

14 Jun 2009 6:29pm

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Fascinating landscape !

15 Jun 2009 2:35am