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I wouldn't normally post two identical compositions - but I thought these were "different" enough to warrant it.....

Taken on a recent tour through the Northern Arizona desert in search of monsoons - from a remote section that overlooks the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers. After a decent evening (I do have another shot with this composition - with the core of the MW poking between the clouds) of shooting - I was awakened by flashes of light over the canyon. Grabbed my camera and headed for the ledge. Although I brought a few triggers with me - I couldn't quite get them to work - so I did this the old fashioned way - a succession of 20 second exposures - hoping to capture something in the pre-dawn light. "Underexposing" for the scene, my hope was that any lightning would be enough to fill in the canyon walls - and it did!

The second shot was taken not long after the lightning show blew by - as the sun started to hit the horizon and provide a dramatic change in light - and scene. The colorful glow started to hit the clouds and reflect into the canyon. Then - a rainbow! Then - a double rainbow (never seen this before)! The rainbow show actually stuck around quite awhile - even as we hightailed it out of the area as the back end of the storm started to chase us.

Been doing this awhile now - seen quite a few things - this was by far the best - and most magical to date.

Thanks for looking - cc are always welcome...

Todd












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Sep 04, 2017 at 01:54 PM
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Beautiful. Love the color.


Sep 04, 2017 at 02:25 PM
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Wow, both are great.


Sep 04, 2017 at 02:33 PM
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Wow is right! both of these are very special.


Sep 04, 2017 at 02:38 PM
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Todd, great work under challenging conditions. Chance favors the prepared. Is that the Colorado river seen here?

I would crop about a third of the top sky in the first one. Great imaging.



Sep 04, 2017 at 03:45 PM
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Some of your best yet Todd! These are fantastic well composed captures! Personally I would print them both and hang them side by side. If not then I would also consider making #1 into a 5x7 crop minus the top sky - and maybe apply a little more noise reduction in its sky. In any case you have my vote!
Dave



Sep 04, 2017 at 04:09 PM
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Todd was this near the Hoyee’ Adeetiin or Shadow Mountain viewpoints?


Sep 04, 2017 at 05:01 PM
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dbehrens wrote:
Some of your best yet Todd! These are fantastic well composed captures! Personally I would print them both and hang them side by side. If not then I would also consider making #1 into a 5x7 crop minus the top sky - and maybe apply a little more noise reduction in its sky. In any case you have my vote!
Dave


Thanks very much Dave - I appreciate the input. I do plan on printing both of these - so the comments on crop and N/R are greatly valued.
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Jeffrey wrote:
Todd was this near the Hoyee’ Adeetiin or Shadow Mountain viewpoints?


Jeffrey

Thanks for the suggestions about the sky - as mentioned - I do plan on printing these - so the suggestions will come in handy. As for the viewpoints you mentioned - I don't think this was from either (?). This is a view point that overlooks the confluence (hence, the naming ) of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers.



Sep 04, 2017 at 05:41 PM
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Jeffrey

Thanks for the suggestions about the sky - as mentioned - I do plan on printing these - so the suggestions will come in handy. As for the viewpoints you mentioned - I don't think this was from either (?). This is a view point that overlooks the confluence (hence, the naming ) of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers.


Todd my research shows this is controlled Navajo land and requires permits. They allow access to both the points I mentioned. Perhaps you were cross country hiking to the confluence. Good of you to find the route and risk the dangers!



Sep 04, 2017 at 05:57 PM
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Both great. The first one is just incredible. Love the colors. Really impressive.


Sep 04, 2017 at 06:14 PM
 

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Todd, beautiful images!
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Sep 04, 2017 at 06:23 PM
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Incredible!


Sep 04, 2017 at 11:55 PM
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Amazing shots--both of them. Congrats!



Sep 05, 2017 at 12:54 AM
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Always wanted storm shots in my images. Hawaii, we dont have much of this. Nice work.


Sep 05, 2017 at 01:39 PM
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Stunning, really nice.


Sep 05, 2017 at 02:33 PM
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tomkualii wrote:
Always wanted storm shots in my images. Hawaii, we dont have much of this. Nice work.


Tom;

Thanks very much for the feedback - but I must disagree - I think your "lava" storms are pretty awesome. Chasing some lava is high on the list - you will be hearing from me soon!

All the best

Todd



Sep 05, 2017 at 11:08 PM
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both are very nice Todd


Sep 06, 2017 at 07:54 AM
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would love to see these once they are printed and hung up next to each other! nice work!


Sep 06, 2017 at 07:37 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · A Magical Confluence


Despair and hope. What a great set!


Sep 06, 2017 at 08:51 PM
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Very nice. Love them both.


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