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monuments of the desert

monuments of the desert
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Copyright: Franco Degani (degani) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 242] (2673)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-10
Camera: Nikon D80
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): USA point of view [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-17 1:15
Viewed: 1887
Points: 26
[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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Ciao Franco! Amazing landscape. Amazing scenery. Good light and colors. Great effect. Good luck!

Hi Franco
wonderful wide landscape. good POV and colors. the right side is a bit in shades but it's ok for the whole view.

strong light, strong contrast, a fascinating view, hard to lose with such a landscape

Stunning landscape photo Franco, well captured

spettacolo incredibile della natura che sempre supera qualsiasi aspettativa umana
luce fantastica con sfumatire violette da piena estate
grzaie perchè le condividi con noi

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  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2008-05-17 7:08]

Hi Franco,

WoW! I love it. Amazing landscape, well done.


your photography is really very nice and i am also impressed with your knowledge of chemical like vanadium,copper ,uranium etc.
you say you are a lawer also.
Congratulations for handling so many portfolios.Bestwishes.

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2008-05-17 10:46]

Dear Franco,
a nice view of Monument Valley.
in this shot, the blue color of the air is well utilized for the beautiful perspective of the rocks in the desert. and also this blue makes the orange of rocks so vivid.
thank you for your wonderful picture,

Hello Franco,
Nice low pov to cover this marvelous view.
Beautiful colors and light. TFS

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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 15:53]

Hello Franco,
Great «wild west» capture; it reminds the first classics in «Technicolour» like «Mackena's Gold». Great POV and compo, and maturaly, amazing colours.
My Regards, mb

Ciao Franco

Beautiful Postcard!
As I see in the films.
a beautiful so much color in the earth
as in the mountains and in the beautiful sky!
wonderful details of the stones.
Congratulations, excellent shot!


Hi Franco,
Beautiful picture of the monument Valley in Utha, nicely composed and presented, nice perpective and details, Excellent composition and beautiful colors, all my compliments

Hello Franco,
Another nice capture, place looks fantastic, well done!

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