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Copyright: Franco Degani (degani) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 0 N: 242] (2673)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-08-10
Categories: Nature
Camera: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX2
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): USA point of view [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-18 2:19
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Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Monument Valley is located on the southern border of Utah with northern Arizona (around 36°59′N, 110°6′W). The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation, and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163. The Navajo name for the valley is Tsé Bii' Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks).
The area is part of the Colorado Plateau. The floor is largely Cutler Red siltstone or its sand deposited by the meandering rivers that carved the valley. The valley's vivid red color comes from iron oxide exposed in the weathered siltstone. The darker, blue-gray rocks in the valley get their color from manganese oxide.
The buttes are clearly stratified, with three principal layers. The lowest layer is Organ Rock shale, the middle de Chelly sandstone and the top layer is Moenkopi shale capped by Shinarump siltstone. The valley includes large stone structures including the famed Eye of the Sun.
Between 1948 and 1967, the southern extent of the Monument Upwarp was mined for uranium, which occurs in scattered areas of the Shinarump siltstone; vanadium and copper are associated with uranium in some deposits.
(from Wikipedia)

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Hi Franco

Impressive panorama across this desert. Those buttes are awesome, very striking cutting across the horizon.

The B&W works well. Like it alot! TFS,


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-05-18 6:43]

HI Franco
These are so impressive with such fabulous colors, converting them to monochrome does give a very different view almost gloomy.

You horizon looks a bit slanted but having driven through that country I know what its like, very desolated.
Great shot

bella idea passarla in bianco e nero...
non perde nulal della sua bellezaz bravissimo
a dopo

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2008-05-18 9:38]

Dear Franco,
interesting compositon of three rocks and effective B&W image.
the width of desert and queer figure of rocks stimulate my fantastic imagination...a very short story of very long geological time...
thank you,

good shot. but i liked the valley in colours.
good luck.

Hello Franco

nice B-W shot. Interesting composition and nice sharpness.


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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-05-18 15:23]

A master work, wonderful... How I wished to be the autheur of this one...but you are and I'm happy with that.
Fantstic light and compo; fantastic depht and clearness; and my friend a greatr b/w work. Like you say, BRAVA, BRAVO, BRAVÍSSIMO.
Best regards, mb

Boa noite Franco

Great B/w photo. Stunning of solitude and grandiosety. To Fall in love . Superb work dear friend

Hi, Franco!

Fantastic shot with dreamlike place. Superb, my friend!


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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2008-05-31 17:53]

Stunning scenery. The cars provide the scale.
I might have considered straightening the horizon a bit. TFS. K2

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  • papera Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 109 W: 21 N: 794] (3246)
  • [2008-12-01 14:32]

ciao Franco,

hai fatto bene a scegliere il b/n per qs. foto: riduce la distrazione del colore e guida lo sguardo verso il paesaggio e lo sfondo lontano, che si apre davanti a chi lo osserva come un salto nel vuoto.
bel lavoro!

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