“Canyon X”

Our photo excursion included a re-visit to Canyon X in Paige, AZ.  These slot canyons are Navajo sandstone created by wind and water over time.  In the featured photograph and the photograph above, I used a photographic technique called “focus stacking.”  These images were created from a series of approximately “8” exposures – each photograph focused on a different part of the image and then were blended together to make one image.  This creates a photograph that has great depth of field both near and far.

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“Tone and Texture”

Aspects of black and white photography include tone and texture.  These images highlight both as they convey the landscape of Canyon de Chelly and Mystery Valley.  

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” ~ Ansel Adams

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“White House Ruins”

These photographs in Canyon de Chelly emphasize perspective.  When in the canyon, one stands amidst walls of immense height and I was reminded of the words “significant and significance.”

“The mountains, I become a part of it…

The morning mists, the clouds, the gathering waters,

I become a part of it.”  ~ Navajo Chant

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“Horseshoe Bend”

I just finished a wonderful photography excursion  with my friends Bobbie Baird and Ken Fox.  Our leader was photographer Frank Comisar from Scenic Aperture and the experience was truly amazing and a gift for the soul.  In fact, we were all participants in Frank’s first Photography MASTER CLASS called “Navajo Nation Journey.”

Located just outside of Page, Arizona, Horseshoe Bend overlooks one of the most spectacular views on the Colorado River, 4 miles south of the Glen Canyon Dam.  When you reach the edge of Horseshoe Bend you are looking down about 1000 feet of sandstone to the Colorado River as it makes a wide sweep around a sandstone escarpment.  Long ago, as the river meandered southward toward the sea, it always chose the steepest downward slope. This downward journey did not always occur in a straight line, and sometimes the river made wide circles and meanders. As the Colorado Plateau uplifted about 5 million years ago, the rivers that meandered across the ancient landscape were trapped in their beds. The rivers cut through the rock, deep and fast, seeking a new natural level. Here at Horseshoe Bend, the Colorado River did just that, and as the river cut down through the layers of sandstone, it created a 270° horseshoe-shaped bend in the canyon.  

Adapted from HorseshoeBend.com

This photograph was taken at sunset and the experience of photographing Horseshoe Bend is not  for the “faint of heart.”  One needs to take time to slowly move closer to the edge of a sandstone cliff and one constantly needs to check the stability of the ground underneath both yourself and your tripod.

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“The Old West”

The featured photograph was taken in Mystery Valley on the Monument Valley Navajo Reservation.  It is quite the off-road drive to reach this magnificent landscape with the rippled rocks and formations.

The second photograph is of ruins on the South Rim of Canyon de Chelly near Spider Rock.  The ruins were nestled in an area of a very, very  tall canyon wall.  

I converted both images to black and white and used toning and sepia effects to create the “old west” look.

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