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EarOfTheWind



Ear of the Wind, Monument Valley.

Ear of the Wind, Monument Valley.
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jpsphotos
 
jpsphotos February 18, 2016
beautiful shot. I love the starburst from the sun, Great composition!
sara22
 
sara22 June 19, 2016
Just got back from Arizona, Monument Valley was my favorite, but Antelope Canyon was pretty nice as well. I need to do the canyons again at some point.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo on a journey through the US southwest in Monument Valley. This subject is a famous sight there called Ear of the Wind. Problem here is, that you can only get there with a Navajo guide and so the time is limited.
Time
As we started our tour through the Valley after lunch, the weather was quite bad with a dark sky and a big chance of rain. During the tour, the sky cleared up a little bit and as we arrived at this spot the sun was shining, casting a light shadow on the sand in the foreground of the image. I don't know the exact time, it must have been at about 4 p.m. i think.
Lighting
My intention was to catch the light through this arch. As the whole subject was in shade and light from behind, the smooth lightened foreground works as a leading point into the subject.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon 450D and a Sigma 18-200mm at 18mm, f/8, 1/250 sec., ISO 100
Inspiration
By planning our road trip, i searched for some popular sights and spots and this was one of them. I had not planed this shot, it was more a spontaneous shot. I searched quite a bit for a nice composition and came up with this one. If i could photograph it one more time, i think i would go there at sunset and put it into a little bit different composition.
Editing
Basic adjustments as color temperature and contrast were made in Lightroom. also did some dodging and burning to the light-spot in the foreground. This was not that visible on the picture as i noticed it there. Also gave some warmer, orange color to the overall arch.
In my camera bag
Currently my Sigma 10-20 f 4-5.6 is my go to lens and always in my bag. Additional my 50mm 1.4 i use for some closer shots. This two with a Canon 70-200 f4 are the best friends of my Canon EOS 70D. Another important equipment in my bag are my ND and CPL filters. As tripod i am using a Rollei C6i with a Fotopro FPH620 Ball-head.
Feedback
As i was limited in time, i would suggest to give you more time than i had to shoot. Try different compositions, angles and exposures. Maybe go there more times to capture different moods and light situations. If you are shooting a sight that's highly frequented, try to go there early in the morning or a little bit later the day to avoid a lot of people in your pictures.

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