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Totem Pole and the Yei Bi Chei rocks

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 27 June 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Totem Pole and the Yei Bi Chei rocks show warm tones in the first light. I took this in the sand dune area fronting Totem Pole. This area is fantastic to wander through because there are so many possible compositions with a variety of foreground elements. The challenge is at first light you only have a few minutes before the bright sunlight begins to burn out the colors, so you have to work fast to capture several compositions.

mats from Texas, United States

Lighting is perfect. I like how the light illuminates the golden tones and makes that sky so wonderfully clear-blue.
Did I say I looooove the light yet?

27 Jun 2009 5:09am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Spectacular landscape. Great colours and great shot. Congratulations

27 Jun 2009 6:08am

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Wow, wonderful light and stunning clarity!! Great shot!

27 Jun 2009 7:11am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Beautiful image. Excellent light and colors.

27 Jun 2009 7:38am

ishm from dubai, United Arab Emirates

Full marks for all 4 Cs- Colours, Compo., Clarity & Clean :)

27 Jun 2009 8:37am

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


27 Jun 2009 9:17am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Wonderful. I like very much these rocks, but also specially the lines in the sand, bringing us to them

27 Jun 2009 9:33am

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

Last week you had the "mittens.: That one on the right looks like its giving us the finger! Very beautiful work!

27 Jun 2009 12:42pm

Bethany from Michigan, United States

Wow the sky is just perfect for this photo. I also like how the sand lines lead up to the totems. I hope you have a good weekend too!

27 Jun 2009 1:03pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Wow! There is so much detail and I love the bold colors. : )

27 Jun 2009 1:09pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is gorgeous and you certainly timed your shot perfectly.
Congratulations, Scott, on your exciting news ... your Yosemite collection is a winner for me!

27 Jun 2009 1:26pm

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Fantastic picture. These colors of sand and rocks are stunning !

27 Jun 2009 3:10pm

zOOm from Paris, France

Really a fabulous landscape, enhances by this amazing light.

27 Jun 2009 3:15pm

Ken from United States


27 Jun 2009 3:20pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautifully captured Scott! You made the right decision in having the sand dunes fronting the shot. The contrast between the dunes and sky set off the rock formations perfectly. Awesome lighting to bring it all together.... ;-)

27 Jun 2009 3:22pm

ZoomLNZ from Los Angeles Area, United States

The foreground ridges almost come alive with movement and really compliment the rock formations. A beautiful shot.

27 Jun 2009 4:26pm

Rand from Orem, United States

Great shot. Given some of the other shots you have posted, I wonder if you also made a B&W version.

27 Jun 2009 4:50pm

@Rand: Rand, not yet but I will work on a few - thanks!

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

superb.good fram :)

27 Jun 2009 6:19pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Awesome. The texture of the rocks and pattern in the sand along with perfect exposure and composition make this shot another art lesson!

27 Jun 2009 10:12pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Another fantastic landscape, well done!

28 Jun 2009 1:35am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Beautiful light! I really love the sand dune ripples in the foreground. This is a fascinating formation, it almost looks like it was chiseled to look that way!

28 Jun 2009 2:16am

Mags from France

Wonderful light, very well done!

28 Jun 2009 9:24am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful landscape colors and light

28 Jun 2009 11:39am

Don Smith from California, United States

Another awesome image Scott. Even though you had a blank blue sky, the image is successful on many fronts. You optimized the first light of the day to accentuate the ridges in the sand which in turn lead the eye to the totem pole and rocks which are bathed in warm reddish-orange light. The blue of the sky is the complimentary color to the warm tones so it does not jar the eye. Well done!

28 Jun 2009 1:20pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb shot. Incredible detail and textures.

28 Jun 2009 2:47pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Awesome beautiful!

30 Jun 2009 4:52am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Five stars! This is an amazing image. Love the sky (not too blue, but rather soft and gentle) and warmth of the sand. Absolutely gorgeous, Scott.

1 Jul 2009 11:14am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

This is just incredible ! Nature is so beautiful and you captured it perfecly. Congratulations, this is great art :)

27 Sep 2009 7:14am