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West Mitten

West Mitten
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Copyright: Scott Roland (Scott) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-14
Categories: Desert, Mountain
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-25 20:09
Viewed: 3338
Points: 8
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West Mitten,
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast and iconic sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the southern border of Utah with northern Arizona (around 36°59′N 110°6′W / 36.983°N 110.1°W / 36.983; -110.1), near the Four Corners area. 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.
From Wikpedia

Raw image, coverted with Digital Image Pro (Canon)
Minimal sharpening, small rotation and crop.
I went horse back riding with some young Navajo men, shooting from a horse was a bit more difficult than I thought it would be. Darn anamial world not turn when I wanted him to.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-03-25 20:34]

Hello Scott,
This is a very beautiful image, Monument Valley is a very
pretty location. I think I would bright up the picture a little
bit more. Great sharpness, colors, and POV... Well done


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-26 0:55]

Good morning Scott!
A very beautiful landscape and well done.
Some warm colors and beautiful.

Have a nice day,

As a kid I used to watch this western movies which was favorite of my Grand Dad like "Good Bad and Ugly" , "For a few dollars more" ..... and just used to love the landscapes and you have produced a similar kind of landscape here! The pattern and the placement of the right hill in the frame is good. I feel more of sky and less of land in the foreground would have added more punch!

hi Scott,photo mythique et tu l'as bien prise belle couleur et bonne lumière et ombre,bravo.ciao

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