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A raven appears to be gazing in appreciation at the West Mitten butte of Monument Valley in Arizona. He posed for just a moment before flying off....
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A raven appears to be gazing in appreciation at the West Mitten butte of Monument Valley in Arizona. He posed for just a moment before flying off.
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111 Comments |
mcampi Platinum
 
mcampi February 20, 2016
Home Run , Awesome , Spot On, Just plain outstanding.
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 February 21, 2016
Wow... This is amazing!
nina050
 
nina050 February 21, 2016
Thank you so much! :-)
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq February 21, 2016
Sucha wonderful shot, Nina! :)
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman February 21, 2016
This must be in 3D I feel I am standing in that exact spot and can touch everything. You are a Genius my friend.
trainwoman Platinum
 
trainwoman February 21, 2016
This is pure genius. Beautiful composition, crisp focus.
VB robbed me of the award I wanted to give you
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt February 21, 2016
wow, fabulous capture - how awesome that the Raven was there?
susanhuckins
 
susanhuckins February 21, 2016
What an amazing shot, so well composed and presented. Well done. Susan
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka February 22, 2016
Well composed and edited.
heavenlyraine
 
heavenlyraine February 23, 2016
Another amazing shot and edit! You do amazing work, Nina!
AnneDphotography
 
AnneDphotography February 23, 2016
beautiful light and capture Nina !
NanaSue54
 
NanaSue54 February 25, 2016
This one is worthy of framing!!! :)
SuzMDixon
 
SuzMDixon February 25, 2016
Great composition - the raven makes it into something magical!
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold February 25, 2016
What a shot Nina!!! I love everything about it - the sharpness, the colors, the angle and of course the raven- it`s marvelous!!!!
erickgarza
 
erickgarza February 25, 2016
Fantastic!!!!! love it.
SnowbunnyPhotography Platinum
 
SnowbunnyPhotography February 25, 2016
Wow! Great catch! They are big birds and he looks so small compared to his surroundings. LOL! :-)
Flosno
 
Flosno February 26, 2016
Stunning capture
MaryMulholland
 
MaryMulholland February 28, 2016
Stunning!
Bruz Platinum
 
Bruz February 28, 2016
Gorgeous shot Nina. Even got my favorite bird in the shot. :-)
BrendaCrawford
 
BrendaCrawford February 28, 2016
Perfect composition. The precision is incredible.
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz February 29, 2016
Fantastic! Love it! Great tones!
ElenaRK
 
ElenaRK March 06, 2016
Great composition! The tree shadow works very well and the crow is ingenious.
GreenCopperz PRO+
 
GreenCopperz March 18, 2016
I could wear out my keyboard but it's simpler to write ditto all the above :-) great shot!
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal March 21, 2016
I love this, i love the lighting and the rendition. Voted Monthly Pro Vol 20
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal March 21, 2016
Voted canyons and Red Rocks
texaaronpueschel Platinum
 
texaaronpueschel March 24, 2016
Knockout!! This is a dazzling image of the Southwest. The raven adds to the impact.,
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo March 24, 2016
Gorgeous, Nina!
spencefairbanks
 
spencefairbanks March 26, 2016
You must of had the shakes when he landed there!!! Great capture! I have close to the same shot, sans the bird...
lizziemellis Platinum
 
lizziemellis March 31, 2016
Fabulous shot, perfect composition:-)
lizziemellis Platinum
 
lizziemellis April 01, 2016
Great entry..voted canyons & Red rocks:-)
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography April 02, 2016
Excellent work Nina!
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 April 03, 2016
Wow! Wow! Wow!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita April 07, 2016
yay...Contest Finalist. Congrats xoxoxoxo
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo April 07, 2016
Hooray, Nina! Congrats on being a Finalist!
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer April 08, 2016
Oh, my, Nina - you and Mark are in competition in the Canyon and Red Rocks contest - I'm thinking you were together ?:) Anyhow, congratulations - you have a great shot here and I'll just have to root for both of you!
orlandosadie PRO
 
orlandosadie April 08, 2016
Stunning image! Remind me of what was probably the highlight of our cross country tour of the US. Sleeping under the stars in the middle of the Navajo Reserve
Bruz Platinum
 
Bruz April 08, 2016
Congrats Nina on being finalist with this. One of my favorites!!
AHogue
 
AHogue April 09, 2016
Congratulations on this gorgeous finalist! I was hoping I would see one of you guys in this group.
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle April 10, 2016
This photo zings; beautifully framed, clear subject and the raven posing! Well done and congratulations on your win! :)
trainwoman Platinum
 
trainwoman April 10, 2016
Congratulations on the finalist finish in canyons and red rocks........you are so GOOD
marcpelletier
 
marcpelletier April 10, 2016
Bravo nina for your ranking as a finalist in the Red Rock Contest... you rock! :)
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal April 10, 2016
Congratulations on your award!
micfos
 
micfos April 11, 2016
Congratulations on being a finalist, you must feel very proud of this wonderful photo ! :))
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole April 18, 2016
This is a gorgeous shot Nina!!! ....just beautiful!!! And congrats on your well deserved award!!!! : )
MickAlicic PRO
 
MickAlicic April 18, 2016
Stunning! Voted in Vol 21.
Anderl_R
 
Anderl_R April 19, 2016
great work!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 April 25, 2016
Amazing ! Congratulations on your award !
JoyceDickens
 
JoyceDickens April 28, 2016
I always knew that this image was a winner dear Nina; so good to see you and Mark both getting such well deserved recognition - big congratulations my friend!!!
AnneDphotography
 
AnneDphotography May 16, 2016
awesome capture and congrats nina ... well done !
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo May 16, 2016
Yay, Nina! Another Finalist Award - Good for you!
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer May 18, 2016
Congratulations, Nina! A well-deserved Finalist in Compositions 101. Good luck!
LNSphotography
 
LNSphotography May 18, 2016
Incredible imagery!
ElenaRK
 
ElenaRK May 23, 2016
Congrats Nina, well deserved!
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo May 23, 2016
Again! Hooray, Nina! Destined for Greatness!
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer May 24, 2016
This one's on a roll!! Congratulations, Nina - finalist in Simple Landscapes - now win!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 May 24, 2016
Congratulations being a finalist, Composition 101
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 May 24, 2016
Congratulations again being a finalist, Simple Landscapes
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt May 24, 2016
Voted Beautiful Weather and Covers!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt May 24, 2016
WOW - I'm sorry I didn't see all the AWARDS you got for this magnificent shot Nina!!! Congrats, it was deserving of every one!!
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal May 26, 2016
Congratulations on your award!
trainwoman Platinum
 
trainwoman May 30, 2016
Wow.......finalist finish in compositions101........good going girl
nina050
nina050 May 30, 2016
Thank you, my friend!! :-)
Parallel
 
Parallel May 30, 2016
My congratulations!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita May 30, 2016
fabulous...another Finalist Award....congrats Nina xoxoxo
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole May 30, 2016
Still lovin' it!!! : )
Congrats on being a Finalist Winner for both the Simple Landscape and the Compositions 101 Photo Contests. So well deserved!!
GayleLucci Platinum
 
GayleLucci May 31, 2016
Congratulations, Nina! Absolutely perfect composition...complete with raven. Love the balance and leading line of the juniper root.
modelmeemaw Platinum
 
modelmeemaw June 03, 2016
This is truly a winner. I wish you would come to the Fl Keys and give me some lessons on post processing :-)
Martha
MRueffer PRO+
 
MRueffer June 13, 2016
Fabulous!! Love that tree!!
MRueffer PRO+
 
MRueffer June 14, 2016
Congratulations on being a finalist winner!! It's truly a special image!!
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole June 14, 2016
Again, congrats on being selected as a finalist for this amazing capture!!!! So, so well deserved! Gorgeous!!! : )
DutchTouch Platinum
 
DutchTouch July 20, 2016
Stunning image and congrats on being a finalist!
Bruz Platinum
 
Bruz July 20, 2016
Congrats Nina for being a finalist. Awesome shot.
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo August 03, 2016
I missed this when the Finalists were announced! Congrats on its 4th Award, Nina!!!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt August 09, 2016
Voted 5000 Dramatic Landscapes ! Congrats Winning Desert Vistas Contest Finalist! I'm sure this one will win many awards!!
DutchTouch Platinum
 
DutchTouch August 14, 2016
Voted 5000 Dramatic Landscapes, This is incredible!
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal August 26, 2016
Congratulations on your desert vistas award!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 August 29, 2016
Congrats!
MattStuttardParker
 
MattStuttardParker October 06, 2016
Wowzers.
lesarnott
 
lesarnott October 10, 2016
Congratulations on winning my challenge :)
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden October 10, 2016
Congratulations on your great Challenge Win!
Flosno
 
Flosno October 10, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS and CELEBRATIONS on this win....well deserved
LaurieandGregClayton PRO
 
LaurieandGregClayton October 10, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
LaurieandGregClayton PRO
 
LaurieandGregClayton October 10, 2016
Congrats! Beautiful photos. I love the Southwest.
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo October 10, 2016
Woo-hoo! Congrats, again, Nina!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 October 10, 2016
congrats on the finalist award .. awesome work Nina
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita October 10, 2016
yay....you got another one. Congrats Nina xoxoxo
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer October 11, 2016
Girl, you are sure on a roll! Congrats for winning finalist in the Covers contest!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 October 15, 2016
Congratulations on your win !
AlanWilkinsonLRPS
 
AlanWilkinsonLRPS October 23, 2016
Very well done; Arizona really comes across in this image
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 November 01, 2016
congrats on another award for this great image :)
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle November 02, 2016
Congratulations on your finalist win!
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer November 02, 2016
Congratulations on a finalist win for this picture, Nina! Creative Travels!
DutchTouch Platinum
 
DutchTouch November 02, 2016
Congratulations Nina! Great image!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 November 03, 2016
Congratulations! being a finalist, good luck Nina
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo November 03, 2016
Woo-Hoo, Nina!! Again!
tinoskiee
 
tinoskiee November 12, 2016
I'll call this a real perfect shot... Congratulations Nina.
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold November 14, 2016
Congrats on your finalist award Nina and on your Challenge Win!!!! You`re on a roll!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 November 18, 2016
Congrats on your win !
PKnot PRO+
 
PKnot December 23, 2016
Incredible composition! Seems a perfect book cover for a western.
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold January 17, 2017
CONGRATS Nina!!!!!!!! you`re under the best of landscapes 2016!!! I am so happy with you!!
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo January 17, 2017
Congrats, Nina, on being in Best of Landscapes! Woo-hoo for YOU!
nina050
 
nina050 January 18, 2017
You guys are just the BEST! Thank you for all the wonderful feedback and support!!
terryc Platinum
 
terryc January 28, 2017
Huge congrats, Nina, on this stunning Best of Landscape capture!!!
Bellatrix_B2
 
Bellatrix_B2 May 19, 2017
Whooo~hoo!!!! Congratulations,Nina!!!! This is one seriously phenomenal image!!!! シ
terryhancock
 
terryhancock June 04, 2017
Fantastic shot
priteshb
 
priteshb June 10, 2017
I clicked the same tree.. :)
JohnBentham79
 
JohnBentham79 July 19, 2017
love this, great shit
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte June 04, 2018
Stunning
Mary18
 
Mary18 July 08, 2018
Congratulations on winning People’s Choice in my photo challenge!
mcampi Platinum
 
mcampi July 08, 2018
Love this picture I think it’s the real winner
Pjerry
 
Pjerry March 06, 2020
Super
jeffgauthier
 
jeffgauthier October 27, 2020
Wow! Your photos are INCREDIBLE!!
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photograph was taken in Monument Valley, Arizona in March 2015 along the 17-mile loop road.

Time

We began our drive through the valley during mid-morning, and since several pullouts to view the mittens are at the beginning of the drive, this shot was one of the first taken that day at about 9:00 a.m.

Lighting

The contrast between the blue sky with clouds and the colors of the desert and red rocks makes almost any time of day in this location a good time to photograph. However, getting up early is always worth the effort because there is often a chance that the photographer will be rewarded with the colors of a wonderful sunrise, especially behind the mittens.

Equipment

This photo was taken handheld with a Nikon D7100 and a Nikkor 18-105mm zoom lens with a polarizing filter. No other equipment was used.

Inspiration

Knowing that Monument Valley has been photographed countless times and from every possible vantage point, I knew that it was going to be difficult to find something unique. But seeing the gnarled tree at one of the pullouts along the road I decided that it would make a wonderful "frame" for the mitten in the distance. The raven flying into the tree at just the right moment was the bonus I was looking for! He only stayed for just a few seconds before flying off, but it was just enough to make this photo unique!

Editing

Even though the colors were already rich with lots of wonderful contrast, I did some minor adjustments in Lightroom to bring out more color, contrast and clarity to add more depth to the photo.

In my camera bag

Since this photo was taken, I have upgraded to a Nikon D750 full frame camera. I usually use my Nikkor 28-300mm zoom lens which I find to be extremely versatile in most situations. I also use a Nikkor 24-120mm lens on occasion. I always have 2 64gb memory cards in my camera and keep a spare 32gb card in my bag as a backup, since I usually shoot in both Raw and jpg Fine. Additionally, I always carry a fully charged spare battery and battery charger, UV and polarizing filters for all lenses, a Tiffen variable ND filter, the Cokin ND filter system, a lightweight carbon fiber tripod, a remote release, and cleaning supplies.

Feedback

Landscape photographers almost always have the advantage of returning to a particular location at different times of the day (or night), and sometimes at varying seasons in order to capture a particular scene under different lighting or weather conditions. Landscapes don't move - time of day, natural elements and seasons change the way they look and how they photograph. However, since you can't control either the weather or elements, there is often a bit of luck and patience involved as well as detailed planning ahead, in order to capture a particular photo as you envision it. Most landscapes are best captured during the "golden hours", either early morning or late afternoon. Monument Valley is wonderful photographed at any time of the day, but early morning almost always offers a colorful sunrise, and afternoons will allow you to capture that warm glow as the sun reflects off the buttes and rock monuments.

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