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False Kiva

False Kiva
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Copyright: Mike Ryan (mpr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 7 N: 344] (2280)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07
Categories: Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D300, Tokina AT-X 124 PRO DX 12-24mm F4, Hoya 72mm PRO-1 DMC C-PL LPF
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-01 7:02
Viewed: 1304
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During my 7 week photography trip this past summer one of my favorite stops was to Canyonlands National Park. It's not nearly as visited as its neighbor Arches NP but it should be. There are many awesome views and great hikes within the park and it certainly warrants a visit if you are in the area. One of the lesser known spots within the park is known as the False Kiva.
The False Kiva is not on any of the park maps but if you know how to get here it is definitely worth the effort. The view itself is amazing but it's the history that really makes this place special. If nothing else, you will gain an immense respect for the native people who lived in the Canyonlands region many years ago.

PP: Cropped to remove some of the sky. Adjusted light and shadow. Shooting from this location is difficult due to the lighting. I sacrificed some of the sky to maintain detail in the foreground. Gotta try a PS blend someday.

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  • niraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 3 N: 96] (2076)
  • [2008-12-01 7:07]

hello Mike Amazing landscape, it looks like a harsh afternoon sunlight. Thanks for sharing, bye.

Hi Mike..great shot...wonderful perspective and light...great colors and details...nice work.


What a brilliant shot Mike!
I spent half a day in Canyonlands, most of which was pre dawn to Noon time. Didn't get to some of these lesser known treasures.
Your shot here makes me wish I had.
That view off int he distance is just breathtaking.
Really nice work here.
- Vincent

This is awesome Mike. You and Vincent are inspiring me to plan a trip to the southwest someday. I have not been here but this looks like a frequently used place for car/truck commercials. Cheers...Danilo

hi mike very impressive job.. the detail is there i like misty foggy sky... keep on posting..

best regards bhot

Stunning shot Mike. Excellent composition and good lighting. Excellent color, without oversaturation. The sky helps add to the overall grand atmosphere.


Hi Mike,

Would you stop rubbing in the fact you had this wonderful 7 week! trip, you are just making us all jealous.

Wonderful shot, brilliant foreground and an amazing background.


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