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Mark Metternich
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A rarely seen Gooseneck bend on the Colorado river bathed in intense pink light with a glowing moon in the background. This is NOT Horseshoe Bend.

A short video clip of this scout/shoot entitled "Is it Worth it?" is on my public Facebook page (feel free to friend me there)...

and YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDqWmJlUqHA&feature=share

Enjoy!

All suggestions, critique and or feedback is welcomed.

*The image is best viewed on a calibrated desktop monitor on Chrome, Safari or Firefox.





Slightly warmer land



Edited on Jun 08, 2014 at 05:58 AM · View previous versions



Jun 08, 2014 at 04:20 AM
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Wow. The moon with its reflection as well as the colors in the sky nails it.


Jun 08, 2014 at 05:01 AM
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Great shot Mark!! I admire your work and I would have to say this is worth it!! I am going to send you a PM with a question about the reflection.

-Doug



Jun 08, 2014 at 05:14 AM
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Wonderful, like the reflection. I would move WB to more warm side. But that is personal.


Jun 08, 2014 at 05:36 AM
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zhangyue wrote:
Wonderful, like the reflection. I would move WB to more warm side. But that is personal.


Agreed. I made the land very slightly warmer in the revision. Thank you.



Jun 08, 2014 at 05:59 AM
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wonderfully rich. I feel like I could step into this image.
A minor nitty thing - what phase is the moon? The clouds soften the moon and make it appear oval instead of a partial moon. I think if you are wanting an oval shape including the reflection, I'd leave it be.
Again - fantastic shot.
Is it worth it? Well if your hospital stay after return was less than $10k, I'd say yes.

David



Jun 08, 2014 at 01:57 PM
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Very nice. Probably one of the best of its kind I've seen.


Jun 08, 2014 at 02:19 PM
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dgdg wrote:
wonderfully rich. I feel like I could step into this image.
A minor nitty thing - what phase is the moon? The clouds soften the moon and make it appear oval instead of a partial moon. I think if you are wanting an oval shape including the reflection, I'd leave it be.
Again - fantastic shot.
Is it worth it? Well if your hospital stay after return was less than $10k, I'd say yes.

David


Thank you very much David for the compliment and feedback! Just for kicks, here is the moon and reflection at a ridiculously close crop... I'm not sure there is anything to learn from it, but what the heck let's pixel peep!

It was very hard to get here the first few times I did. But you learn as you go, right? Now I bring clients in here with ease and safety and a very short hike. The first time I made it down in what I call the "crack" it was with a client from FM. Maybe he will pipe in? But we climbed down, shot it and climbed back out under headlamp. I have many years of mountain climbing experience so we did it safely only risking a few bumps and bruises. Then later attempts I figured out you can practically walk right in! Duh! Same thing happened in another spot I shoot somewhat near here. The first attempt was 14 miles each way (navigating around tons of stuff that does not show up on maps) with a minimum of 60 lbs on our backs due to 3 gallons of water and Gatorade and then all our gear. Later I found a way to 4WD within 3 miles of it (and took a few others from FM that way - which was epic). Then later I got even smarter and found an even easier way! I guess that is what pioneering is about. You try new stuff, and hopefully, eventually you learn better ways...

Cheers!













Jun 08, 2014 at 07:32 PM
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Absolutely love this!! One of these years, I'll join you out there for a week!



Jun 08, 2014 at 07:35 PM
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Beautiful shot


Jun 08, 2014 at 08:11 PM
 

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Wow@!!!


Jun 08, 2014 at 08:16 PM
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Oh man, another awesome shot from here. My favourite comp you have at this bend for sure! I really need to visit this spot on my next trip down.


WORTH!!!



Jun 09, 2014 at 03:13 PM
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I love the light on this one. Well done!!


Jun 09, 2014 at 06:13 PM
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awesome shot and thanks for the moon crop! lol. Was more a curiosity than anything.
very good indeed.
David



Jun 09, 2014 at 07:20 PM
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Stunnning


Jun 09, 2014 at 08:22 PM
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Justin Grimm wrote:
I really need to visit this spot on my next trip down.


Come visit me any time! We will go tear it up!



Jun 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Scott Kroeker
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That is some crazy light!


Jun 11, 2014 at 12:29 AM
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Amazing views and love the colour!


Jun 11, 2014 at 01:57 AM
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Stunningly Beautiful Mark!!!! Great image!!!


Jun 11, 2014 at 02:45 AM
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very nice shot


Jun 11, 2014 at 06:07 AM
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