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Monument Valley Sunset

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 23 June 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

There are times when the sunset is just amazing and the clouds get touched with that last bit of warm sunlight before the sun drops below the horizon. This was such an evening in Monument Valley - I mentioned previously that often during the summer months the thunderstorms form during the afternoon heating, and as the evening approaches they often begin to wane in strength. The thunderheads still had a little bit of moisture in the distance as evening came to a close. This is taken at a prominent photographic location right at Monument View Lodge near the parking lot. I was probably there with 30 other people all viewing the sunset - this made for a bit of a challenge to try and work around everyone and still get a composition that I was comfortable with. I tried to include just a piece of the foreground rock to give some additional perspective. However, the clouds and the warm red rock stole the show and I attempted to highlight that in this image.

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

this is a cool sunset nice capture

23 Jun 2009 6:27am

Miguel Almeida from Lisboa, Portugal

Hello Scott, these colors are amazing, you choose the perfet time the perfect frame

23 Jun 2009 6:45am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Stunningly beautiful, perfect contrast and colors, exelent composition!

23 Jun 2009 7:04am

David BM from Gijón, Spain

Nice capture :-)

23 Jun 2009 8:20am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Fabulous composition and light. Great great sho ! 5*****

23 Jun 2009 9:31am

Thomas from Bangalore, India

Oh my god what a breathtaking composition, this is a masterpiece.

23 Jun 2009 10:07am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A superb capture Scott! Well worth the wait and jostling with the other sightseers..... Bravo! ;-)

23 Jun 2009 12:04pm

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Yes, this is a masterpiece!! Outstanding work!

23 Jun 2009 1:35pm

Arantza from Menorca, Spain

Superb composition!!! And the colors are amazing !!!

23 Jun 2009 1:51pm

Don Smith from California, United States

Bravo for including the rounded foreground rock - it balances nicely with the lit cloud and with the classic (and iconic) rock formation to form a perfect triangle. Your yield from this trip is amazing - makes me want to go!

23 Jun 2009 1:58pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Wow! Stunning...Wonderful...superlatively beautiful! Brilliant work Scott!

23 Jun 2009 2:13pm

ZoomLNZ from Los Angeles Area, United States

Your photos are evidence of your patience in waiting for the right moment. Another splendid photo.

23 Jun 2009 2:16pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Just magnificent! One would never know that you had to jostle 30 other people to get into position! The clarity of this shot is stunning, and the foreground rock gives great perspective and adds as a nice leading feature! Beautiful cloud in UL-Looks like it is raining there! Amazing Scott!

23 Jun 2009 2:27pm

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Masterpiece!! Outstanding work!

23 Jun 2009 3:11pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fantastic composition. Fabulous light. Love the rain clouds with the rain coming down. Exquisite photograph.

23 Jun 2009 4:17pm

Khorshid.~ from Tehran, Iran

magnificent..nicely done!

23 Jun 2009 4:28pm

Khorshid.~ from Tehran, Iran

magnificent..nicely done!

23 Jun 2009 4:31pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Wonderful photograph

23 Jun 2009 6:32pm

Ken from United States

Scott, the clouds make this image unique and original! Bravo!

23 Jun 2009 6:48pm

Mike from North West, United Kingdom

EPIC.....! fantastic image Scott.

23 Jun 2009 7:33pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

A superb capture .
Wonderful ,I like this place .
Thanks for sharing :)

23 Jun 2009 8:26pm

Jen from St. George, United States

Just stunning! The colors are really great, and the bit of foreground really makes it work! Great job getting a beautiful photo despite having to battle for position! :)

23 Jun 2009 8:36pm

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

Stunning shot! Everything is in order in this photo! The composition is inspiring, colours are perfect and sharpness is outstanding!

23 Jun 2009 9:00pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Breathtaking!

23 Jun 2009 9:33pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

After all of these people what more can I say? This shot shows the beauty of the area most definitely. How wonderful a photographer you are!

23 Jun 2009 11:38pm

Bethany from Michigan, United States

Wow! I love the detail in the distance on the monument- I can make out all of the ledges low on the monument. The clouds add an interesting element to this photo.

24 Jun 2009 1:22am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Awesome, breathtaking, stunning - all of these!

24 Jun 2009 2:49am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great one! Every one is stunningly wonderful.

24 Jun 2009 5:38am

zOOm from Paris, France

Thrilling landscape. Fascinating colors and lights.

24 Jun 2009 7:29am

linus. from Singapore, Singapore

lovely shot.. nice tones

24 Jun 2009 8:06am

Beat from Switzerland

fantastic!! this is a real wallhanger. My compliments

24 Jun 2009 11:52am

Mags from France

Beautiful colors, I love it!

24 Jun 2009 12:41pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Wow Scott!! Perfect in every way.

24 Jun 2009 11:19pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Stunning!!!!!!! Love it!

25 Jun 2009 1:27am

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

nice cloud & light

25 Jun 2009 2:58am

mats from Texas, United States

5 stars!

27 Jun 2009 5:10am

Mr Tambourine from Great Malvern, United Kingdom

WOW! taken very beautifully!!!! you used ND graduated filter, didn't you?

2 Jul 2009 8:42pm

@Mr Tambourine: Thanks for the kind words. I bracketed this image and combined the three as an HDR image to create the final product.