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Canyon Paradise 1

Canyon Paradise 1
Photo Information
Copyright: Don Eason (naturalverities) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 5 N: 37] (246)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-25
Categories: Nature
Camera: Graflex Century Graphic 2x3, Schneider 65mm F8 Super Angulon, kodak ultra color400
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-01-03 22:29
Viewed: 1944
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A languid pool of cool, crystal-clear water reflects canyon walls of Navajo sandstone, a welcome oasis in a desert of bare rock. This wilderness paradise is not quite as perfect as it appears, however. In order to reach this viewpoint from which the scene appears to best advantage (given my limited lens selection), I had to carefully pick my way through thick vegetation interspersed with poison oak, which grows profusely on the sandy banks.

I could tell you the exact location of this pool, but then I would have to kill you! ;->

Repost Note: since first posting this image, my neg scanning skills have greatly improved, allowing me to correct the overblown highlights in the clouds while improving (IMO) the luminosity of the shaded areas. This is a "straight" scan: no burning, dodging, or other localized corrections applied! For comparison, click "Original Version" at left.

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Hi Don
I like the perspective you've chosen for this image

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  • bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)
  • [2009-01-03 23:41]

Such a beautiful place Don. I like your composition, the inclusion of grass in foreground and the tight natural framing in both side of the rocks. A very tranquil place.


A beautiful image! Clear, sharp and the composition leads the eye right around the corner to the upper right corner where the light almost calls you.

Well done!

Hi Don, nice composition, reflection is sharp in detail, well photographed, only minor thing is the watermark logo bottom right of photo, I would have lightened it so it's not a distraction

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  • vbnv Silver Star Critiquer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 1] (426)
  • [2009-01-04 8:04]

Hi Don,
The landscape is very beautiful and the reflection adds something to the picture. Well done. TFS.

This one is terrific! Beautiful details and colours and a wonderful capture of the reflection on the water.

This being a scanned image it feels a little low-contrast and low in detail but maybe that's just because we're accustomed to the too-sharp Digital imagery?

Great shot, belongs in a coffee table book.

Wonderful colours and light. One could almost 'hear' the quietness of this place.

TFS, Martin

Nice work, Don, this belongs on the wall of some nice restaurant! Reminds me of the canyons I once roamed in AZ on various hikes in the desert mountains there. TFS Great memory. Excellent compo, color, etc. Sharpness is acceptable.

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