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Montezuma Sunrise



Much mystery still surrounds the ancient Sinagua farmers who built this five-story, 20-room cliff dwelling known as Montezuma's Castle. How many sunrises and s...
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Much mystery still surrounds the ancient Sinagua farmers who built this five-story, 20-room cliff dwelling known as Montezuma's Castle. How many sunrises and sunsets did they witness? Built sometime between 1100 and 1300 it sits in a cliff recess 100 feet above the valley floor in north central Arizona near present-day Flagstaff. The fact that these ancient people were able to construct something like this without modern tools is a haunting reminder of their extensive architectural skills...
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mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi April 08, 2015
I love this shot. It is one of the best you have posted.
trainwoman PRO
 
trainwoman April 08, 2015
I can just imagine the history in that dwelling. This photo is AWESOME
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold April 08, 2015
Very cooooool!!!! you did a great job on that!!!!
NanaSue54 PRO+
 
NanaSue54 April 13, 2015
This is AMAZING Nina!!!!!!! :)
DocTom PRO
 
DocTom April 18, 2015
Great capture with that sun at the edge of the mesa!
Fauxtographer
 
Fauxtographer April 20, 2015
Fabulous!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 April 29, 2015
Nina... This is incredible (:
nlhammondphotography PRO+
 
nlhammondphotography May 11, 2015
Wow! Excellent capture!
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 May 22, 2015
Nice starburst.
MotherNature
 
MotherNature May 26, 2015
Fabulous shot! And I LOVE how you processed it!
Pauljeno
 
Pauljeno May 28, 2015
Makes one wonder how they possibly managed to build this so high up the cliff face. Paul.
smshaffer PRO+
 
smshaffer May 28, 2015
awesome capture
bethany66
 
bethany66 June 01, 2015
Perfect!
RDVPhotography
 
RDVPhotography June 04, 2015
Absolute Masterpiece Nina, love it. Have not been here, is it a long way off a main highway
gkeith1
 
gkeith1 June 07, 2015
Wonderful image...... love the star burst
ellenhodges1
 
ellenhodges1 June 14, 2015
Fabulous timing and pov, Nina!
Flosno
 
Flosno June 16, 2015
Absolutely magical image and "story line"....thanks for sharing
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 July 20, 2015
Amazing, perfect, voted Sun Flares
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 August 30, 2015
Voted Mark of Time
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 October 06, 2015
Wow - this is so cool! Amazing capture Nina.
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo November 26, 2015
I thought, "this is so darn cool" and saw that Ronda had the same thought. It must be true, then! Love this!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt January 17, 2016
Amazing capture. I have read about this place and other ancient peoples in Utah/Arizona. sure makes you wonder. Excellent work Nina!
tpremo
 
tpremo January 17, 2016
I wish locations like this could speak. To witness such strength and creativity would be amazing. What a great place to visit.
donanzinger PRO
 
donanzinger February 06, 2016
Stunning image Nina. Hope you've considered marketing this photo.
NatureLoverJJWal PRO+
 
NatureLoverJJWal March 21, 2016
voted Haunted!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq April 09, 2016
Amazing shot,, Nina! Love the texture and light! It wouldn't let me give an award - arghhh!
orlandosadie PRO
 
orlandosadie April 14, 2016
Ancient history beautifully captured. So similar Mesa Verde NP and the Anasazi idea of creating a safe haven
marcpelletier
 
marcpelletier May 13, 2016
Superb!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt May 24, 2016
Voted Beauty in Ruins!
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle October 20, 2016
congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 October 20, 2016
congratulations on your win in the Time Forgotten challenge ... an awesome image
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden October 20, 2016
Congratulations on your great Challenge Win!
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden October 20, 2016
Congratulations on your great Challenge Win!
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole March 01, 2017
Wow....the colors and detail....just pops!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer June 09, 2017
Perfect capture of the sun peeking over the ridge!
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis January 11, 2020
Fabulous perfect timing:-)

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at Montezuma's Castle, an ancient Sinagua cliff dwelling located about 30 miles south east of Sedona, Arizona.
Time
We arrived late in the day after a brief rain storm. The sun was poking through the clouds and I was able to capture a bit of its flare in this one photo.
Lighting
Because it was late in the day, the light was already softening; this is usually the best time of day to photograph landscapes or anything else outdoors.
Equipment
At the time this photo was taken I was using a Nikon D7100 camera with a Nikkor 18-105mm lens with a polarizing filter attached. This shot was taken handheld. No other equipment was used.
Inspiration
We had just started a 2-week trip visiting the southwest and this was our very first stop on our way to Sedona and other parts in northern Arizona. I have always been interested in ancient cultures and we had read about Montezuma's Castle while preparing for our visit. Because it was late in the day, the light was really nice. The sun started poking through the clouds right at the top of the mesa above the cliff dwellings, so it was an invitation to try to capture a sun flare. I wasn't disappointed!
Editing
Even thought the late afternoon light was nice, the cloud cover also made my photo look a bit flat and somewhat gray. I enhanced the color, clarity and saturation of both the cliff dwelling and the sun flare in Lightroom.
In my camera bag
Since taking this photo I have upgraded to a Nikon D750 full frame camera with a Nikkor 28-300mm zoom lens. I also have a 24-105 Nikkor lens that I use on occasion as well as a Nikkor macro lens. I always have 2 64gb memory cards in my camera because I almost always shoot in both jpg Fine and Raw. I keep a spare 32gb card in my camera bag just in case. Additionally, I always carry a spare, fully charged battery, UV and polarizing filters for all cameras, a light carbon fiber tripod, a Tiffen variable ND filter, the Cokin ND filter system, cleaning supplies and battery charger.
Feedback
Usually landscape photographers have the advantage of returning to a particular location at different times of day (or night) or at different times of the year in order to capture a particular scene under varying conditions. However, early morning or late afternoon almost invariably gives the photographer the best chance of capturing a great photo because of the soft lighting. Do your research and plan ahead in order to make the most of your visit no matter where you go.

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