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Spider Rock

Spider Rock
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-27
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Geological Wonders, bobair's favorites beyond the alloted amount. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-30 5:44
Viewed: 7282
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During our vacation we visited Canyon De Chelly National Monument (pronounced "d shay"), a place of breathtaking beauty. It is a spectacular collection of sheer red sandstone cliffs (up to 1000 feet or 300 meters high) forming a maze of canyons that all lead into the main Canyon De Chelly.

At the confluence of Canyon De Chelly and Monument Canyon, "Spider Rock" rises from the canyon floor, isolated from the canyon walls, a huge 800-foot (244 meters) monolith of red sandstone capped with a layer of harder white sandstone. It was formed over 230 million years ago.

It is a sacred rock to the Dine (Navajo), a site of special significance. According to legend, it is the home of Spider Woman, who has super powers. Spider Woman was the one who reputedly taught the Dine how to weave, as well as many other skills. Spider Woman's other function in Dine society is to enforce obedience in children. They are told that if they do not behave, Spider Woman will carry them away to be eaten. The top of Spider Rock is supposed to be white because of the bones of children.

The canyon belongs to the Navajo Nation and is also home to thousands of Ancestral Pueblo ruins and archaeological sites, dating as far back as 2500 BC.


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What an awesome sight!
Great photo - sharp all the way through; amazing at F/4! Loads to look at, lovely composition. Portrait works beautifully.
Straight to my favourites.

Awesome geology Manyee, this is a must see location for sure. Incredible amount of detail in this capture, plenty to keep my eye busy. The four corners really focus in on this centre pillar. This is fantastic, very well done.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-06-30 6:01]

What an amazing shot! The view is simply breathtaking! I loce the colors, the POV and the composition. Really well done. Bravo and thanks for sharing.

Hi Manyee,
Stunning! Beautiful view and very well captured with excelent composition, great colours and details.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-30 7:13]

Bonjour Manyee!

Superbe prise de vue,cette endroit est très joli.

Hello Manyee, excllent details on this landscape, It must have been breath takeing to vist this area, great work Perfect Bg, POV, DOF perfect Job, TFS Kyle

Wonderful shot ManYee, albeit a bit scary for us acrophobic types ;)
Very good detail, color, exposure, and...depth :)
Very well done.

Woof Manyee!!! This landscape is "à couper le souffle" (in french)! How far were you from the edge of the cliff??? Wondeful postal card picture with so rich colors!!! You managed the exposition so well and your composition and pov cannot be better! The only thing which is missing on this picture are the Indians ;-) Excellent job and TFS!


Bonjour Manyee,
excellente photo ! Le paysage est de toute beauté.
Bravo pour cette vue plongeante.
Belles couleurs, belle lumière, belle composition.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-30 11:32]

Hello Manyee, great note. The picture is great too. I love the composition with a 5 point effect of the four corners and the central rock. Great stuff, well done.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-06-30 11:56]

what a really stunning shot, with excellent composition and colours. I really like the fact that it appears to be raining in the very background.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-06-30 13:07]

I love the colours and the feeling of scale. Great composition

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-30 13:09]

Woooooooow ! This landscape is incredible and wonderful !!! Colors and sharpness are very good ! I notice that you have a new S3, good, you are faithful to Canon...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-30 13:39]

Hi ManYee
I just got stuck in the mud, but it seems like you were real close to get stuck in something much deeper here. One more step and it would have been one too many. You should remember next time to provide a flight plan to the nearest air traffic control tower before going sooooo close to the edge of such a deep ravine. I suppose one could call this "An in-depth study of a natural high" (endogenetically & endocrinologically) for I am sure there was quite a good measure of adrenaline flowing at this stage.
Great composition and clearly one that had a bit of thought put into it. The DOF is mind boggling (literally), the colours are breathtaking, the details are awesome, and exposure control was outstanding.
Excellent work and TFS.
PS. Looks like we're in for some amazing postings to follow this with the remarkable combination of you and the S3.

Hello Manyee,
This is a fantastic landscape! Must be very hot there! I love the colors and POV. Great composition and details. Thanks for sharing!

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  • gopi Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 70] (337)
  • [2006-06-30 17:31]

A very good picture, that brings out the feeling of grandeur, the depth and greatness of the canyons. I have only dreamt of such places, some day I hope i'll visit.
Thanks for sharing and thanks for that piece of history too.

fantastic landscape, expertly captured with your new S3.
great composition and colours.

Hello Manyee,
what amazing view of this canyon! Excellent POV, details, colours and framing. I wonder with this stunning rock pillars in front.
Thanks for sharing

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-07-01 19:59]

Wow, this is stunning. I've always wanted to go here, and now you've convinced me, Manyee. The POV is really unique and interesting. It really draws me in. It almost doesn't even need the sky. I think the photos is solid just as it is. Two options for improvement -- shooting early or late in the day to improve the shadows, or, if you're that type, increase the color saturation a bit. Neither one is really necessary, though, as this is a stunning shot.

Wow what a sharp photo for being at F4. The colors and the exposure are just aweosome. Very nice capture.

Magnificent landscape! Navajo Country is so deeply mysterious as it is bizarelly beautifull or ridiculously hot (or cold at night!).

Composition & POV : 10
Sharpness & DOF : 9
Light & color: 10
Creativity & Originality: 10

Best regards,
Radu Xplorator

Super terrific shot Manyee. This is a gorgeous shot and everything is spectacular about this image. I came across your silkworm lifecycle web story book, I thought that it was wonderful. ;)

Hi Manyee,
I say like flagman: WOOOOOOOOOOOOW!
Great shot.

Spectacular! I want to go here. It is a grand place and a wonderful photograph of pure beauty!

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