Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

West Mitten

West Mitten

In my last post, Predawn Mittens, we looked at the Mittens in Monument Valley before dawn as a silhouette. This image was taken the previous evening. I was going to say that it was after 5:00 PM but the EXIF info shows the time taken as 4:45 PM. If you’ve never been to Monument Valley and the Four Corners Area time and time zones can be confusing. Most western US states are on Daylight Saving Time, Arizona is not. The Navajo Nation does use Daylight Saving Time even in Arizona. So, if you leave Flagstaff, AZ you are on MST but switch to MDT as soon as you enter the reservation.

The point that I am trying to make is, that the image was taken about 2 hours before sunset. The strong cross lighting creates contrast in the crevasses of the rock face and the contours of the land. As with most landscapes, early or late in the day will give you the more interesting pictures. Speeding through the area and grabbing a few “great” shots in the middle of the day will end in disappointment. If you plan to visit Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, try to plan an overnight stay, so that you might capture a sunset and a sunrise. On my next trip, I’d like to spend at least a few days.

In the best light…


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