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Canyon Confluence

Canyon Confluence
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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, Mountain, River
Camera: Canon 1D Mark II, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Earth from Above [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 8:08
Viewed: 5034
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken on a scenic flight out of Moab, Utah. This was the same flight I have posted shots of Monument Valley and the Incised Meander from.

The word confluence describes the meeting of two or more bodies of water (it is derived from Latin Con = together/with and fluvius = river). It usually refers to the point where a tributary joins a more major river, called the mainstream, when that major river is also the highest order stream in the drainage basin. The German city name Koblenz indicates, in Germanicized form, its site at the confluence of the Rhine and the Mosel.

The Green River, located in the western United States, is the chief tributary of the Colorado River. The Green River itself is 730 mi (1,175 km) long. The Green River Basin covers parts of Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. The headwater of the river begins in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, and flows through Utah for much of its course, draining the northeastern portion of the state while looping for 40 mi (64 km) into western Colorado. Much of its route is through the Colorado Plateau, some of the most spectacular canyons in the United States. It is only slightly smaller than the Colorado when the two rivers merge, but typically carries a larger load of silt. The average yearly mean flow of the river at Green River, Utah is 6121 cubic feet per second.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-28 8:17]

Hi James,

A fascinating picture from the plane. Excellent western USA colors and sharp sharp details. A wonderful view of the merging rivers which you cannot see on a car trip.


Hi James,
Great picture, cool composition. You managed to get pretty crisp photo from the air.
Well done!
Cheers, Andriy

This is a beautiful shot of multiple turn of the river. various light and shadow make it interesting, Great compostion, excellent clarity and sharpness. Well done. Great place for desert photo in Utah.

Hi James
These on is great. Super POV. Good sharpness nice natural colors. Maybe you cols reduce the higlights a little bit
Best wishes

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-28 8:55]


Great shot with superb lines and great perspective.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-28 9:31]

Hola James.
Una muy hermosa vista aerea de este bello paisaje. Hermosos colores y alta definicion. La cordillera y el fondo del rio lucen de sobremanera.
Saludos My friend

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-28 12:03]

Hi James. What a sight to have seen. Even from a plane you still have managed to captured good detail in the layers of the earth. you could only see this amazing view from the air. good natural colours. well done TFS.

Hello James,
Very good work, James.
You must have been flying very low to get this result with your wide angle?
I'm surprised about the sharpness:
a. slow shutter speed
b. photographed through glass (airplane)
Furthermore the composition is excellent and the light very beautiful.
Well done

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-28 13:30]
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Hi James

Another aerial masterpiece from you, my friend!
The composition here is absolutely amazing and the 3D effect of the shot is fantastic!
The confluence of the two rivers is very well captured here and well integrated in the scene - i mean one can see clearly the two of them flowing separately at the beginning and then together.
Great work and, needless to say, great note!

Bravo and TFS

PS: as Romanian is very much based on old Latin, confluence in my language is "confluenta" :))

Hello James,
Awesome view of this mighty place!
very good lighting to see the clarity, colour and details of the place
well done
have a wonderful weekend, James

I wouldn't have thought that 1/200 would be fast enough for a moving shot. It must have been a smooth flight. It is a very interesting image. I love how the lack of vegetation in the southwest exposes the bare bones of geology. It's a high quality "textbook image".

Evelynn : )

hello James

superb shot from the airs of this Canyon rivers and mountains,
excellent POV with a great contrast between the highlights
and shadows of the image, excellent sharpness & details, TFS


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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2008-02-28 17:04]

Hi James,
Great shot. colors and details are juste great. TFS

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-28 21:29]

Hello James,
It's late and I'm running out of time
So I'm just marking today.. Congratulations


Hi James,
A lovely capture of this beautiful canyon. Excellent DOF & very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-28 23:56]

Hi James,
Your POV is great! Composition, details, and patterns are beautiful. TFS

Hello James,
A different point of view and the result is amazing!
The angle of light works well in dding life to the scenery, and the details capřtured are first class...
Interesting composition with the winding river, where I count several boats!
Pablo -

Hi James, I like the shot, you've got a nice top down view of the confluence here, with great detail of the rivers themselves and the surrounding rock cuts. You can even pick out where the meandering is setting up sandbars in the water.

What I like even more than the shot itself though is the concept, of renting time on a plane to go out and get shots like this. This gives point of view a whole new meaning. You've used a mid-range zoom for this shot, that would have been my first mistake, I probably would have been looking for 100+, and I'm guessing that speed (for vibration) is more important than aperture, since you certainly have distance covered. Any thing else I should be considering for this type of shot?

Thanks, John

Hi James
Wowww... stunning landscape capture my friend! Great composition! Well done!
TFS and Cheers,


Hi James
Good capture (through the windscreen?)of this wonderful landscape, thank for the note

Hello James,
This is also great landscape photo. I saw other view several minutes ago and this is closer. Nice POV and composition. Good notes to read. thanks a lot.
best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-29 22:58]

Hello James,
What a fantastic view of this canyon! Beautiful shapes, patterns and colours. I wonder how much life there is down there?
Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-01 7:15]

Hello James,
You had very strong light here and handled it superbly, The image combined with the note is a great lesson. Thanks James I still have a deep jealousy of all your adventures near and far.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-01 18:09]

Hello James

Superb POV!
This is a wonderful shot.
Excellent sharp focus.
The lighting is very good and the colours are vivid.
The textures and details are quite evident in this shot.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-02 2:06]

Hi James, an another perfect landcape capture with superb composition, excellent details and sharpnes. TFS. Regards,

Artistic, interesting, fascinating...a real work of art! :)

Hi James,
Great capture of this beautifully coloured landscape, nice colors and composition. TFS.
Regards, Bahadır

Hello James!
A very unusual and unique POV, and a very beauty too. We have not too many posibilities to look at canyons from "the bird view".
Very nice work!
Friendly yours,

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