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BillyGoatGruff 8 191 199 England
13 Jun 2011 8:53PM
Outstanding, Mike!

This is just beautiful: a work of art, sir!
Mr. Adams would be proud of you! Smile

Bill

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JustDucky 4 8 Canada
13 Jun 2011 8:55PM
excellent image Mike,
Tammy
SWMahy Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2011 8:57PM
YES!
Sean_Dillon 7 2 2 England
13 Jun 2011 9:31PM
Stunning!
John
RobboB Plus
9 107 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2011 9:39PM
Would not have thought of doing this in mono but it works so well. Brilliant
Landlord 9 25 1 Scotland
13 Jun 2011 10:23PM
Stunning Mike, brings back some great memories.
I must confess I never turned any of my images to B&W... Maybe time to revisit a few!
rontear Plus
12 8 7 England
13 Jun 2011 10:54PM
Honeycomb rock cavities, love it in mono Mike. Staying in there for days could be detrimental for your health, they flood so quickly !!!! Ron.
13 Jun 2011 10:58PM
What a superb individual image..Love the mono..Think it would look good in colour too......John
MikeBonsall 10 474 3 Guernsey
13 Jun 2011 11:03PM
Too true Ron. In fact there's a memorial outside for a bunch of tourists and their guide. They chose to ignore the guide who advised them to get out when they heard thunder in the distance. They all perished in the flash flood that followed.

Thanks everyone. I've really enjoyed processing a couple of these in mono. It's so easy for the colour to rule the show in these slot canyon images, whereas the rock formations themselves are in every way their equal.

Mike
MikeBonsall 10 474 3 Guernsey
13 Jun 2011 11:26PM

Quote:What a superb individual image..Love the mono..Think it would look good in colour too......John


Actually John this was one of the images from here that never really worked in colour. The colour was just too uniform throughout the image and seemed to flatten everything out.

Mike
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
14 Jun 2011 4:32AM
First time I have seen a mono version from this famous and beautiful place and it works so great

Peter
MikeBonsall 10 474 3 Guernsey
14 Jun 2011 8:06AM

Quote:Too true Ron. In fact there's a memorial outside for a bunch of tourists and their guide.

Mike



Just been reading up on this again. In fact the guide was the only person to survive.
Hoffy 11 262 16 England
14 Jun 2011 8:51AM
Very good black and white.
14 Jun 2011 10:26AM
Have spent many hours in both canyons over the years. One of the tourists who died was a personal friend of a friend of mine, and we did a pilgrimage together after the event. Infact they had all got out earlier but went back in again against the advice of the guide and were caught. The guide got out by climbing the wall using feet on one side and his bum on the other. I understand now that they have rope ladders strategically placed at the top so that the Navejo can throw them down when the flash flood comes but you have to leave your camera equipent behind!
Michael Fatali has pioneered the photography in slot canyons and has some truly magnificent photos. He uses a 10 x 8 old plate camera which an assistant has to lower down to him when he has got in position below. Great picture this but I am afraid I prefer the magnificent colour in these canyons. Ken
MikeBonsall 10 474 3 Guernsey
14 Jun 2011 10:53AM
Thanks for your comment Ken, that's fascinating.

I'm very aware of Michael Fatali's work and in fact had a good chat with him at his gallery in Zion National Park. Up until then I had only seen his work in books and on the web. Nothing quite prepared me for the full splendour of seeing the actual full size, cibachrome prints. They are quite breathtaking.

You're right of course, the colours are truly magical and combine, along with the rock formations themselves, to create what must surely be one of the great photographic wonders of the world.

Mike
sherlob Plus
9 2.7k 126 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2011 9:19PM
I bet this makes a pretty impressive print too Mike.
15 Jun 2011 9:11AM
Just out of interest Mike, did you know that Michael Fatali, in an attempt to get more interesting light on the underside of Delicate Arch in Arches N P, light a bonfire underneath the Arch and damaged it. He got prosecuted for this action and I was told that he got community service although I cannot confirm that. Things that people will do for that extra in a picture!!!! Ken
MikeBonsall 10 474 3 Guernsey
15 Jun 2011 10:08AM

Quote:Just out of interest Mike, did you know that Michael Fatali, in an attempt to get more interesting light on the underside of Delicate Arch in Arches N P, light a bonfire underneath the Arch and damaged it. He got prosecuted for this action and I was told that he got community service although I cannot confirm that. Things that people will do for that extra in a picture!!!! Ken


Yes Ken, I'd read about that. I think he went out of favour with a lot of people after that Smile

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