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Totem Pole Rock, located on the Navajo Reservation in Monument Valley, Arizona USA.

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Continuing to practice on my new 5D, would love advice and suggestions for improvement, especially in the areas of better use of focusing and capturing light and shadows more effectively. I'm trying to use only manual settings.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:16-35
Recording media:ISO100
Title:Totem Pole Rock
Username:gajj gajj
Uploaded:13 Nov 2006 - 5:53 PM
Tags:Desert, General, Landscape, Landscape / travel, Monument valley, Rock formations, Usa
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superman
superman  7 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 - 5:55 PM

very nice shot

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt  10739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2006 - 5:58 PM

This is great, Jan. Very well captured detail throughout. I particularly like the way you've retained detail in the distant, slightly hazy rock face. 5D and 16-35mm : my kit, too! It's a terrific combination, isn't it?

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gajj
gajj  1032 forum posts
13 Nov 2006 - 6:11 PM

Thank you. I think it will be a terrific combination when I figure the complexities out!
Regards,
Jan

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RuthyJ
RuthyJ  8 England
13 Nov 2006 - 6:13 PM

Great shot, Looks a very interesting place.

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kinfatric
kinfatric  10550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2006 - 6:29 PM

good detail and composition

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tull
tull  11181 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 - 6:39 PM

Wonderful tones and textures Jan with lovely light.

Mark.

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evelen
evelen  9 England
13 Nov 2006 - 6:46 PM

wonderful shot great colours.
eve.

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JouŠo
JouŠo e2 Member 1056 forum postsJouŠo vcard Finland
13 Nov 2006 - 6:47 PM

amazing shot!
Fantastic view!

Jouko

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MarkT
MarkT  9119 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2006 - 7:07 PM

Superb shot and I’m jealous!

Mark.

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EeeZeeLee
EeeZeeLee  8197 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2006 - 7:21 PM

Great shot of a fantastic place. Maybe a grad filter and a polarizing lens would help get some more detail. As for focusing if you use a tripod and set the apature to f22 and set the focus to nearly infinity you can't go far wrong. Well done, Ian

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gajj
gajj  1032 forum posts
13 Nov 2006 - 7:44 PM

Thank you, Ian! I was using a tripod. I think I did have it set to f22, but maybe just f18 - Will go for the set to inifinity, which I tend to forget to do...I did find out that my polorizer and holder are too small for this lens, too much vignetting - so was trying to make do with metering off the sky...appreciate so much the help!
Regards,
Jan

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LongDucDong
13 Nov 2006 - 8:37 PM

I like it just the way it is. I think youve captured the essence of the southwest perfectly with the reds and purples. I like what youve got here!

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oppo
oppo  8 Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2006 - 9:58 PM

I could look at this for ages. Splendid and interesting. Good one.

Phil

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gajj
gajj  1032 forum posts
13 Nov 2006 - 10:08 PM

Thank you again everyone for your generous support.
Jan

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  11121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2006 - 10:27 PM

Nice colour and composition.

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jimbo_t
jimbo_t  11959 forum posts England
13 Nov 2006 - 10:32 PM

This is on my list of places to go before I die! Looks amazing!
James

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nigelsharman
14 Nov 2006 - 6:47 AM

Great image..good colours as well, visited this place in 97 a great experience.

Nigel.

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glenalva
glenalva e2 Member 8324 forum postsglenalva vcard Scotland
14 Nov 2006 - 8:37 AM

Great range of colours in this and super composition, excellent work!

Ali

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conrad
conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2006 - 11:35 AM

Good shot with great colours and good composition. Pleasing image. Could do with an RC. So have one... Wink

Conrad

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jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
14 Nov 2006 - 2:50 PM

Excellent composition with a great depth

Peter

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keithh e2 Member 1023183 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2006 - 3:14 PM

why isn't this in the hundereds of votes?

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gajj
gajj  1032 forum posts
15 Nov 2006 - 2:38 AM

Thank you again. I still have lots to learn about this camera, lens, and photography. I learn by reading books and articles, practice and, very importantly, browsing through the portfolios of excellent photographers on this site! Its rather an addictive interest.
Regards,
Jan

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billma
billma  10119 forum posts United States
15 Nov 2006 - 4:38 AM

Beautiful. I was standing right next to you and got nothing....nicely done.

bill

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glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2006 - 4:38 AM

Brilliant! Love the contrasting elements and colors, nice camera work! Spot on! Click!!!

Greg

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thorn  10124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2006 - 5:36 PM

Brilliant terrain,textures,tones,detail,lighting and exposure.Love it.Take care.AnnSmile

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jan 1  10 Netherlands
20 Nov 2006 - 7:34 PM

Very well taken, Jan. Beautiful landscape view.
Jan

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davidbailie e2 Member 11451 forum postsdavidbailie vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2006 - 3:31 PM

Like my 5D - hope you do as well (yours that is Smile)

Nice shooting - very good layers of colour

Dave

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PatrickSmith
3 Dec 2006 - 5:51 AM

Excellent! I'm about a 14 hour drive from here but still haven't made it.

Patrick

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gajj  1032 forum posts
3 Dec 2006 - 11:03 PM

Thank you all - its an amazing place to visit.
Jan

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014842 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
23 Dec 2006 - 12:45 AM

you're doing just fine with the focussing etc Smile

keep using manual too - much more reliable using your brain rather than a program in the camera to work out your exposure.

Smile

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gajj  1032 forum posts
23 Dec 2006 - 4:12 PM

Thank you, Adrian, for the encouragement. It helps!
Regards,
Jan

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