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Red Rock Canyon Sunrise

Red Rock Canyon Sunrise
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-25
Categories: Desert, Mountain
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/69 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-08-15 13:49
Viewed: 6087
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Winter's morning sunrise over Red Rock Canyon:
Seen from the air just outside Las Vegas, on the way to Phoenix (thanks to Jane Magen [jaycee] for her help with the timing that set me on the road to placing this photo, for it appears that my camera was still set for Eastern Standard instead of Pacific Standard Time).

This was the vision that slowly wiped exhaustion from my heart and head that morning in January 2005. I had been delayed in Boston by the end of a snowstorm the night before, missed the connecting flight from Las Vegas to San Luis Obispo, California. I slept for about three hours and then I was off again, rerouted to Phoenix, frustrated and exhausted -- until I saw this from the window of the air plane, with colours to outdo any Las Vegas casino light show.
Suddenly the rerouting was worth it, for I'd never have seen the sunrise over the mountains like this otherwise, nor known that the glittering lights of the city are but a pale reflection of the true beauty of the countryside.

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Thanks for looking and have a memorable day :)

nglen, angybone, Isu, gracious, deblink, eqshannon, marhowie, jmirah, nainnain, valy67, PaulH, pierrefonds, jmp has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To eqshannon: Thanks hugelySilke 2 08-16 09:15
To gracious: Thanks for making this a favouriteSilke 1 08-15 15:26
To jaycee: thanks for the helpSilke 1 08-15 15:01
To angybone: WOW!angybone 2 08-15 14:24
To angybone: tricky!Silke 1 08-15 14:13
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Beautiful shot. I don't know where it might have been but I bet if we figure out what time you took off, time you took the photo and the route you flew, we can get a pretty good idea as to where this was. It would be fun to try to calculate!

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-08-15 14:20]

Una excelente panorámica Silke.
Bello encuadre en esta linda imagen.
Buenos detalles aun en las circunstancias en que la tomaste.
Saludos, Sira

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-15 14:40]
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Hi Silke,

The flight from Las Vegas to Phoenix is only a little longer than an hour. So you were very close to Vegas. My guess would be somewhere near Hoover Dam. It is a lovely scene very typical of Arizona and Nevada. The colors are gorgeous. Nice shot from a plane!


What a superb capture Silke, magnificent colours and cloud formations. Truly beautiful.

Because of the sun setting it is pretty easy...It is just north of Dolan Springs Arizona. It is the highest mountain range that goes a bit from west to east'ish. It is always beautiful sight, specially at evening! You are already S of there. It doesn't take long by jet from LV to Phoenix...

I can see why this shot dazzles you to rest....Nice job and a good memory for your neurons eh?

Sorry I don't know the range of mountains... but I suspect if you look up Dolan Springs on an printed atlas you will see it just north of there... chances are that you were already routing before you were notified...

hi silke,
what a lovely shot, the colours in this post looks very beautiful, nice capture of the mountains and the clouds, nice composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-15 21:03]

Hello Silke

Wow this is wonderful.It is like a painting.The colours are amazing.The composition is very well done.The clouds add an interesting atmosphere.Superbly done.TFS


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-16 1:10]

Hola Silke,
genial trabajo,
preciosa vista y sensacional pov,
bello Workshop.

Hi Silke,
WOW!! Beautifully done. From the looks of the illumination from the Sun, it is to the west of your flight plan. Splendid color. Very well done.


Joli paysage plein de finesse et de douceur.
Bonne journée.

magnifiques couleurs chaudes , belle présentation, rien a ajouter, sinon que te dire bravo pour toutes tes photos, merci du partage, bien a toi

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-16 1:51]

Hi Silke,
an excellent shot of this awesome landscape.
Very sharp with a superb composition.
Well done,

Hello Silke !
This is an amazing landscape ! So beautiful ! I love all the colors on this picture, from pink to blue, with many different nuances. Composition and POV are fantastic too. The shape of the mountains and the clouds is beautiful. Very well done !

Hi Silke,
I like the warm pastel-like colors I see.
Great light as mornings first rays hit the top of this mountain range...
A new day, a new way. Sounds like it's just what the doctor ordered ;)
Well done!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-16 4:34]

Hi Silke,
breath taking sight, captured expertly by yourself...taking a shot from a plane is never easy, but you nailed it here. Great colour and light, a very beautiful scene, well worth diversion!

Hi Silke,

A good POV of the sunrise at Red Rock Canyon, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-08-16 8:37]

Hello Silke!

Monumental and beautifull. Place which I know only from tv [mainly from crime movies ;-)] looks even better than I thought. Perfect moment and perfect place. Lovely colours and light.

Hello Silke,
I must admit that this is a awesome panorama view of the mountain with clouds under you and the golden sunlight from an angle!
just take my breath away by just looking at it
I really enjoyed it and thanks for sharing, my friend!
best wishes to you always

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-16 12:10]

Hi Silke. Dont know the ID. but i would love to have seen it. worth all the delays.the colours the sun has made on the mountains is beautiful. you have captured it so well from behind the window off a plane. very well done TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-16 13:26]

Hi Silke,
A really peaful and beautiful image. I like colours and composition a lot!
TFs, José M.

Wow Silke,
You have kept this little treasure in your archives a long time! This is such a beautiful scenery with impressive soft colors, great texture and mood. This is beautiful! Thanks,

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-08-19 12:05]

Hi silke

What a stunning picture. I am very partial to sunrises and this is such a great one.

Nice composition and PP


Ahhh a wonderful place to leave a bridezilla who is causing trouble! A place where she can roam and twirl in her destructive nature! A place big enough to where we can enjoy it, and not even notice her. Beautiful!

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