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
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
The canyon walls in Canyon de Chelly have beautiful texture and design. Using a zoom lens, one can capture the beauty of the natural designs in the walls. Southwest images at their best…
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.
My friend, Ken, discovered this beautiful “white tree” as our Indian guide was driving us through Canyon De Chelly. We all photographed it but we will always give Ken credit for this discovery and his keen eye for photographic composition. As perspective, the below photograph (taken by Frank) is actually me with my camera and tripod. I know that I am small in statue, however, I wish I could share with you how tall the canyon wall was in actual height. Again, a study in perspective…