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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 740 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-12
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 24-70mm f2.8
Exposure: f/8, 1/45 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): bobair's favorites beyond the alloted amount. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-29 22:49
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken quite early one morning. I was impressed with the contrast between the verticality of the smooth rock wall and the rough texture of the rock pile.

I am not at all sure about the geology of this area but I am sure that James will clear up any confusion : )

Most of the erosion that carved today's landscape occurred after the uplift of the Colorado Plateau sometime within the last 20 million years. Most of the major canyon cutting probably occurred between 1 and 6 million years ago.

Even in this desert climate, water is the erosional agent most responsible for the carving of the landscape. The pull of gravity, in the form of rock falls or rock creep, plays a major role in the shaping of the cliff lines.

James came through for us! .... Check out his critique for more info.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-08-29 23:02]

Gorgeous Evelynn,
The textures, color and lighting are beautiful and very eye catching. A vertical post is the only way to show this stunning image. TFS!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-29 23:41]

Hello Evelynn,
An interesting capture, both of the texture of the rock and the question it poses of the geology.
The smooth pillar-like appearance reminds me of the inside of a cathedral, as does the lighting.
The colour suggests sandsstone, in which case the strata have become vertical, but there is probably a completely different explanation.
James probably knows the answer.
TFS this fine image,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-08-29 23:46]

Hi Evelynn

This is a lovely shot showing with beautiful lighting and colours. The rock fall in the foreground gives added focus and interest. This is a typical scene of the American SW - an exfoliated rock surface streaked with desert varnish (the black - silica which has 'melted' and oozed onto the rock surface due to the intense desert heat. The exfoliated is caused the the diurnal (day/night) difference in heating which causes a stress fracture to form and eventually the rock face sheers off (an alternative form of single rock exfoliation can be seen if you look at Devil's MArbles under Australia in my folder - colours not so good as it was midday).

It is sandstone - the bedding is just off horizonal if you look carefully - the desert varish is running down the rock and is not bedding planes.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-29 23:56]

hi evelynn,
great colors, composition, textures and admirable contrast. nice to look at the simple image. tfs.

The chaos in the rocks and the vertical lines in the cliff, now that I like.
cheers to you from down under.
Are you enjoying you 400D?
I just bought a 450D and it suits my needs beautifully.
Did a dreadful thing though. Bought a Canon 70-200 F4 L IS and it's yummy.... no eating for three years though.

Hi Evelynn,

Interesting semi abstract nature shot. Nice colour and texture.Brilliant composition on vertical enhance the rock wall line.Soft colour grass give the floating effect, like it.TFS and have a nice weekend.


Hi Evelynn

What a great shot. I love the warm colours and the contrast between the smooth rock and the foreground. the rock structure is wonderful.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-08-30 5:05]

Hello Evelynn,
Wonderful photo in a great composition and texture. Very beautiful warm colours. The contrasts between the lines in the foreground and background are fantastic.
Kind regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-30 9:09]
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Hello Evelynn,
Wow, this is fantastic and you've hidden this away for some time!! The point of view, the sharp details of the rock face, the contrasting pile of rocks in the foreground, the light and the colours are all fabulous.
The vertical cropping is perfect too - brilliant work!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

amazing natural abstract

best regards sERGIO

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-08-30 10:44]

Hola amiga,
realmente espectacular.
el acantilado y los colores,
bonito formato y pov,
saludos Evelynn.

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-08-30 10:48]

Hi Evelynn!

This wall is breath taking I feel as I was standing right in front of it myself!
Perfect representation of a wonderful subject, TFS!

Best regards,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-08-30 11:52]

Hi Evelynn!

You present us a very beautiful picture with delightful colours and shapes. Capitol Reef is a wonderful place, I will always keep it in my mind and thank you for having refreshed my memories.

Kind regards


Hi Evelynn,
You have right, he really have a contrast between the textures of the foreground and background. The colors are very good and I have nothing to say about the composition.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-08-30 16:00]

Very dramatic, Evelynn.
i wish there were a fox or something at the base, to give us a feel for the grandeur of this scene.
I too find the juxtaposition of the smooth vertical cliff and the rough edged jumble of rocks intriguing. The light variation of the cliff gives a good sense of the depth of the "cave". Your composition brings the most out of this natural sculpture.
TFS. : )

Hi Evelynn,

Great composition and misterious look of this shot makes it really interesting. Great dark-red BG, nice warm colours, nice light.

well done, cheers!

Hello Evelynn,
I'm going to 'listen' to James. It has nothing to do with expectations:-)
It isn't some kind of cathedral; figured that out. Beautiful layer of varnish.
Well done!

And in addition to James...there have been more arches, not this of course, in Utah which have fallen this year than in the last 100 and USGS is calling it because of drought. I have many links and notes as concerns this on my Pinpoint Newsletter, the geologic group I have run on the net since 1992...Fantastic image Eve!

Hi Evelynn
This is a great shot with beautiful lighting and colors.I like the contrast between the textures of the FG and the BG. Wonderful Job!!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-31 14:10]

Hi Evelynn

Another wonderful and totally original shot from you!
The colors here are simply dominant and the bold composition is most charming...i really like it!
The morning light played an important part, too, enhancing the natural contrast of the scene.
Very nice work, indeed!

Bravo and TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-01 5:39]

Hi Evelynn,
It's a real beauty alright. Beautiful contrast between light and shade and the rich tones of the Sandstone makes the perfect backdrop. Very nice framing too, well done!

Hi Evelynn,
Sure, it´s a wonder land, rock formation and light reflection on the wall in shadows are the best in your image. Excellent job

Practico la escalada y esta captura me hace sońar...

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-02 15:12]

Great colors, patterns and textures, Evelynn! A true beauty, the composition, exposure and sharpness are all fantastic, well done, thanks!


Great colours, details and composition.

This is a very effective composition, you've really shown the contrast between the vertical rock and the rough foreground. The use of the brush in the bottom of the frame is very effective!


étonnante nature, toujours surprenante quand le talent d'une photographe sait lui donner la plus belle image...
la lumičre est belle, la composition aussi...
bien vu !

indeed wonderland, I wish I was there, TFS Ori

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