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West Canyon - Lake Powell

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 31 July 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

In the Lake Powell region there are some very remote areas that are difficult to access but are incredible to see - if you can get there. This is the West Canyon area of Lake Powell, Arizona. You have to take a boat up this canyon and anchor the boat in about 2 feet of water. Then wade through a couple hundred yards of water filled with mud and debris. The West Canyon has some incredible sights and has a small stream that flows through it with an occasional beaver pond. As you hike further up the canyon it begins to narrow - this is about a two mile hike into this location. In order to take this specific photograph we had to swim through a deep pool of water and carry the camera gear overhead, being very careful not to get the gear wet!

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Worth the swim! Great lines and depth. Incredible view.

31 Jul 2009 5:09am

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

This is incredible...I have never seen anything like this. Wonderful shot.

31 Jul 2009 5:36am

Ben from Lyon, France

I thought you were fliyng and I saw te water...
This is ...Perfect ?

31 Jul 2009 5:42am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

I love the light, tones and textures in this superb composition! Brilliant work Scott!

31 Jul 2009 6:48am

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

wow looks so cool nice shot

31 Jul 2009 7:18am

zOOm from Paris, France

Great angle Scott, revealing the sky. It makes a strong composition.

31 Jul 2009 7:47am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Stunning place with amazing formations.

31 Jul 2009 7:50am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic shot, i like very much the depth of the image and the detail of the rock. The reflection of the sky is the pearl of the composition.

31 Jul 2009 8:51am

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Great Scott !!!.....splendid composition, vanishing point, water reflection & incredible picture clarity.

31 Jul 2009 9:49am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Fabulous capture Scott! As the others have already stated there are many technical strengths to this shot. Over and above those you have captured a moment with the Creator - it is almost like being in church. Well done! ;-)

31 Jul 2009 11:36am

k@ from France

Love how my eye is attracted in the backdrop, that's marvelous layered shot !

31 Jul 2009 12:05pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This is spectacular, Scott. The strong lines, the reflection and the depth are gorgeous! You are truly dedicated to swim your gear through that canyon to get the perfect shot...Going the "extra mile" really paid off here!

31 Jul 2009 2:12pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Absoute stunner.. superb light and composition.. love it.

31 Jul 2009 2:22pm

Ken from United States

Scott, so amazing! The symmetry in the rocks and reflection and then the slice of sky is incredible!

31 Jul 2009 2:34pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This one sort of plays with your mind. It's an amazing shot and worth the effort to get there. The reflection is just the icing on the cake!!

31 Jul 2009 3:02pm

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


31 Jul 2009 3:25pm

Double KK Photography from West Richland, United States

awesome photo

31 Jul 2009 3:57pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Fascinating shot .

31 Jul 2009 4:29pm

Elora from Genoa, Italy

wow, brave photographer! This shot was well worth it though!

31 Jul 2009 4:34pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Looking at this shot once again.....and reading your post....your journey to photograph this picture is truly amazing and totally impressive!

31 Jul 2009 5:47pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Criminy, Scott; what you won't do to get a great photograph!! A couple of years ago, the water in Lake Powell was going down, down, down. People were seeing things that they hadn't seen in decades. This is a fabulous photograph. Exquisite reflections. Superb detail. Outstanding composition.

31 Jul 2009 6:51pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Thank you for swimming in for us .... to see something we'll never get to see with our own eyes.
The photograph is FANTABULOUS ... beyond beautiful, a 50-star image!

31 Jul 2009 9:05pm

Jen from St. George, United States

Breath-taking!! Beautiful light, beautiful depth, beautiful crystal-clear reflection. I really like that you can only see the sky in the reflection!

31 Jul 2009 9:24pm

Cricket-Tammy from Somewhere in the, United States

Wow...this shot was worth the getting. Amazing.

31 Jul 2009 11:56pm

Gary Hart from California, United States

Great shot, Scott.

1 Aug 2009 12:37am

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Wwow - what an adventure to even get to this spot! But I think the results are worth it - fantastic!!

1 Aug 2009 4:00am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Stunning shot!
Love the reflection, textures, lighting, comp, etc
Well done

1 Aug 2009 8:19am

DaveB from Exeter, United Kingdom

What a fantastic landscape, lovely shot

1 Aug 2009 9:29am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

The light very well captured, shows well to advantage the beautiful graphism of the texture & the shapes of rocks. Very beautiful place

1 Aug 2009 10:33am

Mozhde from mashhad, Iran

this is matchless area !!beautiful and perfect shot **

1 Aug 2009 11:14am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Fantastic photo. Everything is great. 5*****

1 Aug 2009 3:48pm

mats from Texas, United States

This is worth the effort. Stunning shot indeed. Light is perfect to produce that clear reflection. Beautiful!

2 Aug 2009 1:17am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Amazing, fantastic place!

2 Aug 2009 7:52am

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

5 stars!

2 Aug 2009 9:07am

zOOm from Paris, France

Well done Scott and all my congratulations for your Spotlight !

2 Aug 2009 5:04pm

Ana Marusic from växjö, Sweden

Incredible picture, fantastic!

2 Aug 2009 5:05pm

Bethany from Michigan, United States

Wow! Quite the trek to get to this photo. I would say it was well worth it and you've captured it fantastically well! Well deserving of the spotlight Scott. Congratulations!

2 Aug 2009 5:11pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Congratulations for the spotlight well deserved.. :-))

2 Aug 2009 10:06pm

Hooman from Mashhad, Iran

very nice shot and good framed.i wish a trip to there.
incredible capture.

3 Aug 2009 2:12am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great to see this amazing shot on the Spotlight :) Congratulation Scott !!

3 Aug 2009 4:28am

Mags from Paris, France

So berautiful picture, congratulations for the Spotlight :)

3 Aug 2009 10:13am

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe couleurs !

3 Aug 2009 11:14am

Nicolas from Paris, France

Wonderful picture. I really like the point of view.

3 Aug 2009 1:59pm

Imaginerf from TROYES, France

Really wonderful capture : Bravo !

3 Aug 2009 2:25pm

ClaudiaBCN from Barcelona, Andorra

Hi Scott, congrats to this extraordinary capture ! The composition, colours and the reflexion are fantastic !

3 Aug 2009 3:10pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States


4 Aug 2009 1:00am

Betsy Barron from Chester Springs, PA, United States

holy ridiculously stunning image, Batman! Love it!

4 Aug 2009 9:22pm

Bantumi12 from Bangalore, India

Awesome photo...!

5 Aug 2009 5:03pm

FarshadPix from Tehran, Iran

Amazing shoT with wonderful reflex

6 Aug 2009 6:50am

md.Hafiz from Singapore, Singapore

beautiful shot.

8 Aug 2009 7:17pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Absolutely breathtaking!! No wonder it ended up in the Spotlight :))
Outstanding clarity, composition and tones....

11 Aug 2009 12:33am

Michael Davies from Adelaide, Australia

Love the shot - great colours and reflection.

20 Aug 2009 5:27am

Rusydi Rashid from Bedok, Singapore

Love the rich colours and also the reflection there. Well done! :)

27 Aug 2009 6:39am

Matt from Gainesville, United States

Completely mindblowing, vertiginous space! I love the capture and composition!

30 Aug 2009 1:30am

chakrapani from Hyderabad, India

One of the best nature shots I have ever seen ! Clap clap clap clap ! bow ! :)

17 Sep 2009 9:34am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

simply brilliant --5 stars from me!!!

27 Oct 2009 11:54pm

Barbara from Oakland, United States

This is a wonderful photo! The curving lines, the reflections, the repeated patterns, the perfect lighting. It was SO well worth your trek through the water, risking your camera, to get this shot. BRAVO!

13 Nov 2009 5:47am