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Above Monument Valley - for Gracious

Above Monument Valley - for Gracious
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-25
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon 1D Mark II, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Earth from Above, gondox's favorites - landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-08 5:42
Viewed: 4684
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday Tony Ho (Gracious) graciously dedicated a posting to me (sorry – couldn’t resist the pun), so today I am dedicating this one to him. It was taken on the same flight as the other Utah/Arizona postings.

Monument Valley is located on the southern border of Utah with northern Arizona. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation, and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163. The Navajo name for the valley is Tsé Bii' Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks).

The area is part of the Colorado Plateau. The floor is largely Cutler Red siltstone or its sand deposited by the meandering rivers that carved the valley. The valley's vivid red color comes from iron oxide exposed in the weathered siltstone. The darker, blue-gray rocks in the valley get their color from manganese oxide.

The buttes are clearly stratified, with three principal layers. The lowest layer is Organ Rock shale, the middle de Chelly sandstone and the top layer is Moenkopi shale capped by Shinarump siltstone. The valley includes large stone structures including the famed Eye of the Sun.

Between 1948 and 1967, the southern extent of the Monument Upwarp was mined for uranium, which occurs in scattered areas of the Shinarump siltstone; vanadium and copper are associated with uranium in some deposits.

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Hi My friend James,
A marvelous landscape capture of the Monument Valley from Arizona. The valley's vivid red color is wonderful. Great composition my friend! TFS.


hello James

we are neighbors today in our postings,

superb Landscapes shot of the hills like monuments,
excellent POV, excellent DOF, lovely red tone colours,
i love the mountains's chain (la chaîne de montagne)
of the bakcground of the Monuments, TFS


Hi James,
You are posting a very interesting serie of photos from the air
A few hundreds meters up and you get quite a nice view on Monument Valley
Well done
Have a nice W-E

Hello James,
These buttes(happy I do not have to pronounce it) look a bit like mega-hats. Most interesting point of view and very educational photo(educational photographer's note as well).

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-08 6:32]

Hi James. What afantasti sighth to have seen . The colours are so rich in reds. once again a very good view from above. With interesting notes,
well done TFS.


Very good POV you had of the valley,
Great all around image,
Very well done,


Again an interesting topography James, the stratified nature of the buttes certainly removes the possibility, but those buttes really resemble partly eroded volcanic, i.e., magmatic chimneys my friend. Good scene indeed!

Hi James!

I love these above shots from you very much, they have really a different pov among the other shots. The place is fantastic just like the shot you captured of it! TFS

Best regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-08 8:20]

Hi James,

Another top-notch aeriel shot. I knew at first glance that it had to be Arizona. Marvelous details and colors - the buttes are wonderful. I love the horizon.


Hello James,

Pffffffffffffffffff...what a marvelous (panorama)landscape capture of the Monument Valley from Arizona you show us. POV,DOF and BG are great. Lovely natural colors. Are this the same colors (mabybe the same enviroment) as you show us in Australia? I appreciate the fact that you dedicate this photo to Tony. Have a nice WE. Regards and TFS BOB

Hello James,
I am honored and thank you so much for this awesome landscape dedication! much appreciated!
This is a very fine image of the mighty Monument valley from Arizona which captured real well with perfect exposure and focus, the colouration is just perfect and is beautiful!
thank you once again for the kindness
my best regards to you

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-08 9:50]

A breath-taking view!
And a breath-taking shot of it!
Very good composition.
Great earthy tones.
Nice dedication to Tony.
Well done,


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-08 10:57]

Hi James,
Wow........Outstanding shot again from the sky. The wild west with its red soil is beautifully presented and the warm lighting helps in getting that glow. The buttes look awesome and they really are amazing formations. Excellent DOF and POV to portray this incredible Plateau. Tony definitely will love this dedication. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi James,
very nice view from this vantage point, there are a lot of interesting detail that drwas the eye into the picture.
Great landscape very well composed.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-08 14:27]

Hello James,
Great use of some very nice light. The colors are magnificent as is the composition of this beautiful landscape. Thank you James.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-08 14:55]

Hola James.
Una maravillosa imagen de este valle. Es un verdadero regalo que la Naturaleza nos brinda gratis. Tony debe sentirse orgulloso de este presente. Finos colores y hermoso pamorama muy bien recortado.
Saludos James.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-08 21:17]

Hello James

You have a wonderful ability to show us the most fascinating places on earth.This is unique and odd looking.The colours are vivid and bright.It looks like a landscape from another planet.
The POV is amazing.
I can only imagine what the indigenous people thought of these formations.


Hi James,
Excelent landcape capture of this beautifully coloured plateau. TFS. Regards, Bahadır

Hello James,
Lovely bird's eye view. You show this vast valley well. Very nice color clarity. TFS this wonderful image.

Excellent composition, James! Great colour and details, nicely framed. TFS!

Wonderful view of the Monumental Valley from the air, James. The depth of view is excellent.
I keep on wondering which part of the world you have NOT been to and feel envious (even jealous) of you :-)!
TFS and regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-09 5:01]

Hello James,
What an extraordinary landscape! This looks more like a plain than a valley but those standing buttes are fascinating. Excellent POV and I love the colours. Very well composed too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi James

Another very interesting aspect to an area that is very photogenic. Don't think I've seen it from teh air before so TFS.
Well composed with interesting elements. Hope to see more in this theme, well done.


Wow! Your landscapes are amazing. You captured a sense of size and distance - this scene is enormous - in a good way. Wonderful!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-09 9:57]

James, Superb shot and what a picturisation. Excellent landscape and wonderful clarity. Ganesh

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-09 11:18]

Hello James, another great landscape shot my friend, it's truly beautiful! Great compo and great technique, well done, thanks!


hello James
wonderful scene from Arizona. Nicely composed. Nice colors. it is a great dedication very kind person and our joint friend Tony. good notes always. TFS, well done

Hello James,
Most interesting rock formations, this time from an unusual point of view!
One two, tree, four... and they all look alike, amazing...
Strong colours and a fine sense of depth in this outstanding landscape!
Pablo -

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2008-03-10 11:31]

Despite all my travels in southwest, I avoided the Valley because it is so touristic. Is that the visitor's center on the right. Great colors and composition.

Hello James.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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