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Secret Flame

Secret Flame
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Copyright: Don Eason (naturalverities) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 5 N: 37] (246)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1996-05
Categories: Nature, Abstract
Camera: Graflex Century Graphic 2x3, Kodak Ektar 127mm F4.7, Kodak Lumiere 100, Linear Polarizer
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): "Rock forms that we do not understand" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-20 11:00
Viewed: 2186
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A cloven wall of Navajo sandstone is bathed in second and third generation bounce light, while patches of desert varnish reflect the intense blue of the desert sky. This effect first came to my attention through the work of Philip Hyde in the book "Slickrock: The Canyon Country of Southeast Utah", which he created with Edward Abbey. Hyde's trademark picture of desert varnish in Middle Moody Canyon in the Escalante country became so well known that the Wingate sandstone cliff face he depicted is now known as Hyde's Wall, as seen in this fine interpretation:


PP: sharpening and selective contrast boost. You may think the colors are unnaturally intense, and you may be right! They look just right on my aperture grille (Trinitron) monitor at home, but a bit oversaturated and leaning toward magenta on my shadow mask monitor at work. YMMV (your monitor may vary)! But keep in mind that the color of the bounce light intensifies with each bounce, creating saturation similar to that obtained by the use of gel filters in a studio.

Note to Karen (kbeall): once again this is not true iridescence as I understand it, but simply specular reflection.

Thanks for any and all critiques and comments.

karith, samansarraf, Suerte, kbeall, Madsterdam has marked this note useful
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To Madsterdam: Thanks and explanationnaturalverities 1 01-08 16:13
To Madsterdam: That's striking, not sticking...sorry.Madsterdam 1 01-08 13:10
To sierra: Thanks, workshop.naturalverities 1 11-21 18:30
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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2006-11-20 11:31]

Spectacular! Thanks for the informative note, also. The effects in this image are amazing and you captured them well. Good composition, using the lines and shapes to advantage. Nice job:)

Very interesting and nice colours and textures. Excellent.


Great job ! even the framing !

Hi Don
How beautiful it is! I should say this photo is one of the best photos which I have already seen. You did the best. I read your note about it and I found it perfect. I give it useful mark.
Good luck

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  • Suerte Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 59 N: 227] (3032)
  • [2006-11-20 15:12]

great work, good colors and details!well done!

  • sierra Gold Star Critiquer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-21 8:17]
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This is a wonderful composition. I like it a lot. The richness of the colours is beautiful.

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  • kbeall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
  • [2006-11-21 15:37]

Hi Don,
This is a splendid capture. Obviously the colors are astounding, but I also love the horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines present.

Beautiful colours and light, very good compo and framing:)

thank you, an interesting gallery, a pleasure to look at, Karina:)

Sticking, marvelous colors that don't come across as a "secret flame" at all, but rather more like a bold firestorm. Wonderful!


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