This week end, I was wondering which kind of post I could do for ToM as it is wide and allows many different readings.
Almost at same time, I was having a look back to last year trip pictures from US and I was seeing this shot of Toadstool I have not yet post-processed. This so special rock formations are to my mind fitting a reading of 'Land'.
These peculiar rock formations sure are an amazing piece of land! I like the composition a lot as well as the beautiful side light. The mostly blue sky contrasts beautifully with the golden and brown colours of the rocks and the white thin clouds make the sky alive. Excellent!
La nature ne cesse pas de nous surprendre en créant de merveilleuses choses. Ces formations de rochers sont spectaculaires et le bel éclairage nous les montre bien dans toute leur beauté devant un magnifique ciel.
It really is amazing how these rocks and boulders have been carved out over time. I wonder how long the taller of the rocks will retain its shape, as I note a huge crack through the middle.
You had fantastic light and a great sky.
Every time you post something, we expect nothing less than spectacular. This one is no exception. It fit the theme so perfectly for the land formation here are so special and you really bring out the detail and texture of the incredible rock formation. Excellent management of the light. Those clouds adds very nicely to the composition.
First time I been there I was quite disappointed and thought not to return at any circumstances. In the meantime I lost count of how many times I have been there and each time I discover some new layer to it. It is a rather small spot and certainly not in some isolated area.
You extracted a wonderful scene of this place. No wonder that I have the very same composition in my hard drive - untouched yet ;-)
sevy (2016/08/02 08:39:23): Fun to notice we were having the same feeling. I was a bit disappointed reaching this tiny place. The first point of view I was finding was not really manageable due to the light at that time. It was then a bit a stress to look around to find something else in this small forest of stones.
I was putting on the side the shots taken there, but I was happy to get this one moving out from Lightroom when having a look back.
Sometimes we need fresh eye to evaluate photos.
I knew it was from Utah or Arizona. These are remarkable rock formations. Desert red provides amazing contrast to the beautiful sky. I have been to Bryce Canyon, but never to this National Park. Amazing how those structures can withstand the elements of wind, heat etc. Outstanding
There is always hidden gems somewhere deep down in the file stock ... and all of the sudden they fit our mood or in this case the theme. As you write to Peter "a fresh eye", a second look or even a third. The light situation is grandiose and it shows by the way how the same stone can look rather dull while in the right light it is a color explosion. The deep warm orange in the upper part is brilliant. Love the sky with the different clouds mixing with the deep blue under it. Great the shapes of the rocks, a whole little world on its own.
déçu!!!? Y en a plein qui auraient bien voulu être à ta place en ce moment, top classe image avec cet incroyable nature et les couleurs ocrées illuminées par un soleil bas qui contrastent avec le ciel polarisé. Je la mets dans mes préférées pour le thème!
sevy (2016/08/04 08:31:47): Pas déçu par la photo, même s'il a fallu un peu de temps pour la voir ressortir des tris de Lightroom, mais un peu destabilisé lors de la prise de vue par ce spot photo très restreint et difficile à cadrer correctement avec en même temps, un soleil qui disparaissait vite.
Disons que je n'ai pas fait la photo que j'avais en tête, mais que je suis content de ce que j'ai ramené même si ça m'a pris du temps de m'en rendre compte.
perfect for the theme Yves, these interesting rock formation and yes toadstools.
It looks like you had nice weather in November in Utah, it wasnt too cold? I need to plan a short 5-6 trip in mid-November in one of the NP's, I'm thinking of Utah or Arizona but need help choosing.
sevy (2016/08/04 08:28:12): It was cold, we even got 1 day of snow. In the day time with the sun, it is OK, but you can go below 0°C in the night.
There are plenty of things to see between Utah and Arizona. I think the trick is to avoid to plan too many things and to integrate the duration of transportation.
The light here "makes the photo" - and of course these incredible rock formations. The blue sky and these fluffy clouds provide a stunning contrast to the rocks. My congratulations to this one! Great!
A great contribution to our theme of August!
Greetings from very wet and cool Germany!
The detail is so sharp that I really do feel like I'm standing there beside you, The vertical frame is perfect, allowing us to appreciate the sweep of cloud fluff. Sorry I missed the vote on this beauty. SAJ, Patricia
Many people call these odd formations toadstools but in reality they are called hoodos. Hoodos are formed primarily by wind erosion with some water and ice thrown in. Many of the odd shapes are formed by the erosion activity on the hardness of the individual layers of sedimentary material. Really strange shapes, if there is hard and soft thin layers in the exposed rock. I like how your composition is in two almost equal sections and you are using the BG clouds to add depth of the scene. I really think the blue sky and clouds makes the image. Excellent.
sevy (2016/10/19 08:22:38): Thanks John for the comments. You described what I was thinking when doing the composition and the post processing of the shot.
I agree the sky + clouds are a big contributors to the shot. It is often the case in landscape shots: the sky is very important and often a cloudy sky is better than a clean one.