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Alfredo_Jose April 25, 2018
Outstanding, I love the PP! Excellent B&W!
speterson6 April 29, 2018
Thank you Alfredo.
RDVPhotography May 21, 2018
Love this area of the country. Agathla Peak is lot of fun to shoot. Nice B&W.
leslie57 August 18, 2018
Love the sky and your choice of B&W is perfect !!!
speterson6 August 19, 2018
Thanks Leslie for your nice comment.
ChasingLightLikeMad October 03, 2018
One of my favorite buttes in Monument Valley. Beautiful shot.
speterson6 October 04, 2018
Thanks Brian for your comment. Yes Monument Valley is a great place for photographt.
dennisrubin December 28, 2018
superb work, BRAVO!
speterson6 January 03, 2019
Thanks Dennis much apprecaiated.
Bellatrix_B2 January 11, 2019
Beautifully captured!!!!
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Sdonion February 08, 2019
Fantastic in black and white!!
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redwriter March 19, 2019
Nice shot. Looks like Shiprock, NM. - Jake
speterson6 March 20, 2019
Thanks a lot Jake. It does resemble Shiprock. This monolith is located just south of Monument Valley in AZ.
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NFDI August 04, 2019
Absolutely perfect shot ...
Natural_Light_Exposed August 26, 2019
This is very nice! I love the rough environment and the steong contrasts ofthe rocks against the soft clouds.
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Behind The Lens

This image was taken in Northern Arizona, just north of the town of Kayenta. This area is part of the Navajo Tribal Park, which includes Monument Valley. The Navajo call this monolith Agathlan.
This photograph was taken early in the morning, just after sunrise.
Because it was early morning the sun was low on the horizon and one directional.
This image was captured using a Nikon D3200 and a Nikon 24-85mm lens. An Oben tripod was used to steady the camera.
I was up early, driving north on Hwy 163, when Agathlan appeared in front of me. With the morning light illuminating the monolith it was like a seneschal watching over the valley. I immediately found a place to pull off the road and set up my camera.
The post processing was minimal. Adjusted contrast, clarity, and highlights.
In my camera bag
I keep it pretty simple. I carry two cameras. D3200 and D7100. Two lenses,a 24-85 and a wide angle 10-24 both Nikon. A polarizing filter and two neutral density filters.
As with most landscape images, light is everything. Whether shooting color or B&W, morning or evening light is preferable. The light at these times is usually softer and somewhat diffused. It also accentuates shadows and gives the subject beautiful detail. When shooting landscapes I always like to have an interesting sky, clouds add interest and sometimes drama to an image. A neutral density filter is a great way to add drama to an otherwise ordinary image. At the time I took this photograph I was unaware of how a neutral density filter and a long exposure can enhance an image.

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