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Teardrop Arch - Navajo Nation, Arizona

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 15 June 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I have seen many photos of this location and I wanted to see it for myself. I asked Carl, my very helpful guide, if we could make it to Teardrop Arch. He said no problem! It is interesting because you drive away from Monument Valley for about 4 or 5 miles to a nearby Mesa which looks back east. The drive also includes some good sandy washes that you go through as you climb up to the top of the mesa. As I was setting up to take this shot the clouds had shaded most of the area, including the view through the arch. I waited and was hoping for light to catch the distant buttes of Monument Valley. My wait was rewarded as I was able to capture the sunlight hitting some of the more well known features in the distance. In the center of the background you can see "The King on his Throne", "The Stagecoach", and the "Rabbit and the Bear" features. I was also fortunate to have some beautiful skies for this photograph. I shot this with my 70-200mm lens at 22 looking through the arch trying to get maximum clarity in the foreground arch and distant monuments.

Arantza from Menorca, Spain

Great composition, great texture, work impeccable as ever!

15 Jun 2009 5:32am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Lordy, Scott, this is incredible. Perfect framing. The detail in the red rock of the arch is tack sharp. The split lighting of the arch and the background is stunning. This to my mind is without a doubt one of your finest. Bravo, good friend.

15 Jun 2009 5:39am

Bill Jennings from (Bay Area Northern Calif), United States

Scott - this is indeed fabulous - a perfect frame, with such great foreground and background. Beautiful. Jack, thanks for the lead from your page - love this image!

15 Jun 2009 6:12am

Miguel Almeida from Lisboa, Portugal

Amazing rocks, the frame is superb wit fabulous colors.

15 Jun 2009 6:13am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Amazing shot. Definetly wotrth the waiting, the result is fantastic. Thanks a lot for the extended explanation.

15 Jun 2009 6:59am

Thomas from Bangalore, India

Stunning Scott, its worth all the effort. Its a breathtaking view stunningly captured.

15 Jun 2009 10:39am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

FANTABULOUS ..... for lack of a more explicit comment!

15 Jun 2009 11:22am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Magnificent !! A fabulous frame for this fantastic and well known place.... what a shot, Scott, love it, would like to have made it myself !!!!!

15 Jun 2009 11:39am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Stunning photo of this most beautiful and interesting location!!!

15 Jun 2009 11:50am

Bethany from Michigan, United States

Great framing!

15 Jun 2009 11:58am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Awesome! You are on fire, Scott! This is SPECTACULAR!

15 Jun 2009 1:00pm

Don Smith from California, United States

The soft light allowed for wonderful texture on the arch itself. I'm glad you had the patience to wait for the cloud to soften the light and spotlight the background mesas. I would love to photograph this arch - is a guide needed for all these locations? Well done Scott as usual!

15 Jun 2009 1:36pm

@Don Smith: Don, yes you will need a guide to get to most of the areas outside of the roadway that is open to the public through Monument Valley. The rest of the area is Navajo Nation Tribal Property and from what I have read - I believe that they ask you not to go on it without a guide.

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

This is an amazing shot . Color and texture of the rock in foreground is amazing . Gorgeous view through it too !

15 Jun 2009 2:33pm

zOOm from Paris, France

A wonder, yes, a pure wonder. Lets you... speechless.

15 Jun 2009 3:23pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


15 Jun 2009 3:39pm

Walt from Scarborough, Canada

It's beautiful - well worth the trip in my opinion, and you captured it very well!

15 Jun 2009 5:53pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Magnificent !!

15 Jun 2009 7:42pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Your Monument Valley shots just keep getting better and better. Love the framing in this one.

15 Jun 2009 7:47pm

observing from North West, United Kingdom

What a fantastic shot, that's a 5* piece of work.

15 Jun 2009 8:47pm

Ken from United States

For me, this would have been wonderful even without the horizon line!

15 Jun 2009 9:00pm

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

WOW this really is a masterpiece!!!! Incredible, superb!!! Bravo!!!!!

15 Jun 2009 9:26pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

You did this just brilliantly......Looks like mother nature assisted with the weather....but your planning, and framing of the shot just worked out spectacularly!!! Big old 5 stars for this one!!!

15 Jun 2009 10:15pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Another breathtaking photo. You take such pride in every picture. Beautiful!

15 Jun 2009 10:18pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

Jack said not to miss it and it is indeed very very beautiful I agree with Susan 5 stars from me

16 Jun 2009 1:50am

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

Excellent framing. Superb shot.

16 Jun 2009 12:02pm

Xavier from Troyes, France

A great shot really, the landscape is amazing and the red colors quite unusual !

16 Jun 2009 12:21pm

Mozhde from mashhad, Iran

wow! I l0ve framing ,superb colors !

16 Jun 2009 1:00pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Magnífico encuadre y unos colores maravillosos. Wonderful image, my friend.

16 Jun 2009 5:51pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Leaves me speechless Scott! Absolutely stunning! certainly one of my favorites from you:)

16 Jun 2009 6:22pm

Tammy-Cricket from Michigan, United States

What stunning colors. I am very drawn to this image. Great photograph!

16 Jun 2009 8:47pm

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

A fabulous piece of photographic art! Great framing with amazing clarity and sharpness on everything! Even on the smallest piece of texture of the rocks in the foreground! I believe that this could be a perfect cover for a potential photobook from you!

16 Jun 2009 8:57pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Excellent framing and colors!

17 Jun 2009 2:22am

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Wow! Perfect!

17 Jun 2009 3:45am

ZoomLNZ from Los Angeles Area, United States

Excellent framing and detail. Very nice.

17 Jun 2009 3:23pm

Jen from St. George, United States

Superb use of hyperfocal distance! The texture on the rock in the foreground is perfect in its clarity, as is the background! I just love this shot! Composition, color, depth - it's got it all! :)

18 Jun 2009 10:17pm

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Perfection! I love the composition/framing. What a great shot, Scott.

20 Jun 2009 8:57pm

ishm from dubai, United Arab Emirates

perfect shot! what more can i say :)

21 Jun 2009 3:42pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Another wonderful shot

23 Jun 2009 6:33pm

mats from Texas, United States

Excellent framing. Thanks for sharing.

27 Jun 2009 5:13am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

So beautiful!

16 Mar 2011 12:52pm