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The Road to Somewhere



Wild mustangs graze on the sparse grass and sagebrush near the volcanic monolith known as Shiprock in northwestern New Mexico. Rising 1,583 feet above the high...
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Wild mustangs graze on the sparse grass and sagebrush near the volcanic monolith known as Shiprock in northwestern New Mexico. Rising 1,583 feet above the high-desert plain, this famous natural landmark was formed during an explosive volcanic eruption over 25 million years ago and is considered sacred to the Navajo people.
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mcampi PRO
 
mcampi April 10, 2016
I love the way you use the road to bring us into your picture.You hit the lighting just right too. Getting the mustangs to stay was some kind of trick you have to teach me. Wow the sky even cooperated. In my mind you nailed this shot.
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman April 10, 2016
This is truly outstanding....love everything about it. The road providing a vanishing point, the mustangs , the clouds, and last but certainly not least Shiprock.
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 April 10, 2016
Very nice!
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life April 12, 2016
LOOOVE this!! From the road leading us to infinity, and the wild mustangs, the cotton clouds in the sky, just an all around superb captured, my wonderful friend! :):)
leslie57
 
leslie57 April 12, 2016
So well done Nina...you really do magic !!
chuckrickman Premium
 
chuckrickman April 12, 2016
This image tells such a wonderful story! Great history too.
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer April 12, 2016
extraordinary and with leading lines, too!
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 April 12, 2016
Wow Wow Wow.. Stunning shot, Nina!! ت
blairwacha PRO+
 
blairwacha April 13, 2016
Lovely! I've never seen anything living here before.
LindaMeets
 
LindaMeets April 14, 2016
Stunning.. Love the story :)
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt April 15, 2016
It's moments like this that you truly appreciate when you are a photographer. Your timing couldn't have been better - the Mustangs really add to the whole composition as well as the POV you chose. I imagine it had to be quick in order to capture the Mustangs as the same time!
AnneDphotography Premium
 
AnneDphotography April 17, 2016
love the lighting and tones .. so beautiful !
texaaronpueschel PRO
 
texaaronpueschel April 17, 2016
Heavenly. I love the Southwest.

Thank you for recognizing my pics.
ritafayeadams PRO
 
ritafayeadams April 17, 2016
Stunning composition and presentation!
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz April 19, 2016
Fantastic!
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis April 20, 2016
Amazing image ..love the wild horses and the road drawing the eye to the farthest point excellent composition:-)
NanaSue54 PRO
 
NanaSue54 April 20, 2016
PERFECT!!!!! :)
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz April 25, 2016
I am with Glenda. TRULY OUTSTANDING. Everything in this tells an amazing story. LOVE IT.
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold April 26, 2016
Stunning - I love this unpaved road, the horses and the feel of timelessness
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography April 28, 2016
Nicely developed!
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole April 29, 2016
Gorgeous!!! .....amazing color, light, detail.....and I love how the road leads the viewers eyes in to the photo. I wanted to rank the photo higher.....but it never gave me the chance. I hate when that happens!! ??? A winner in my book!
Tpm067
 
Tpm067 May 03, 2016
Love this shot!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 May 08, 2016
Fantastic !
BLPhotography PRO+
 
BLPhotography May 13, 2016
Great shot. I lived in the 4 corners area for a lot of my life. Brings back fond memories. Thanks for sharing.
blairwacha PRO+
 
blairwacha May 14, 2016
I was the there this week.
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt May 24, 2016
Voted Rule of Thirds in Nature!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 July 27, 2016
Voted Composing with Curves
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo September 07, 2016
Yay, Nina! Congrats on being a Finalist with this beauty!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer September 08, 2016
Wow - you're on a roll! Congratulations - finalist in the Dirt Road contest!!!
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole September 15, 2016
Congrats on another Contest Finalist award!!!! : )
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz October 06, 2016
Congrats Nina on being a finalist in Dirt Roads. Awesome shot.
SuzMDixon PRO
 
SuzMDixon October 20, 2016
Congratulations on your second finalist award - I love this shot!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 October 20, 2016
congrats on your finalist award Nina ... an awesome image
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer October 21, 2016
Congratulations, Nina! Finalist in Critterscape contest!
(I am, too . . . been a long dry spell!)
laurenkaymyers Premium
 
laurenkaymyers October 21, 2016
Awesome picture. I absolutely love this.
laurenkaymyers Premium
 
laurenkaymyers October 21, 2016
Awesome picture. I absolutely love this.
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq December 08, 2016
Wow! What a perfect capture of a special moment in time! Love everything about it!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo is of the iconic Shiprock, a volcanic monolith towering over 1,700 feet above the desert floor. It is located in New Mexico's extreme northwestern corner.
Time
This particular photo was taken at about 4 p.m. on a mild Spring day.
Lighting
Because Shiprock is exposed in every direction, it photographs well in either the morning or afternoon. Mornings are preferable as the rock nicely catches the day's first rays of the sun.
Equipment
This photo was taken handheld using my Nikon D750 full frame DSLR camera with a Nikkor 28-300mm zoom lens and polarizing filter. No other equipment was used.
Inspiration
I love photographing the colorful landscapes of the American southwest its wild, rugged beauty. As we were driving across the desert we were looking for a good place to pull over to photograph Shiprock in the distance, and just happened to see these wild mustangs in the foreground grazing on the meager desert grass. It was a ready-made composition!
Editing
Lightroom and Photoshop were both used for a bit of exposure correction and for minor enhancement of color and clarity.
In my camera bag
My current camera of choice is a Nikon D750 full frame DSLR. I usually use my Nikkor 28-300mm lens which I find to be extremely versatile in most situations. I also have a Nikkor 24-120mm lens that I use on occasion. I always have 2 64gb memory cards in my camera with 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 filter system, a lightweight carbon fiber tripod, a remote release and cleaning supplies.
Feedback
Landscape photographers often have the luxury of returning to a particular location at different times of the day or night (or seasons) in order to capture a particular scene under different lighting or weather conditions. However, when trying to capture a scene with wild animals there is almost always a lot of patience required and often a bit of luck as well. Desert landscapes are almost always their most beautiful either in the early morning or late afternoon during the "golden" hours. These times almost always provide the best light and help to reduce the amount of post processing that would otherwise be required to turn a good photo into a great photo.

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