Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Locations

West Mitten And The Big Indian

West Mitten And The Big Indian

 

The Big Indian might not be politically correct these days, but the name lingers on in Monument Valley. I’m shooting this from about a half mile away from the West Mitten. The Big Indian is the monolith to the right and is over a mile away from my vantage point. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend going.

In the best light…


White House Ruin

White House Ruin

The White House Ruin was one of the locations I had to see on our trip the Four Corners region. We were unable to take our tour in the bottom of Canyon De Chelly due to high winds. I shot this image from the south rim of the Canyon. I found out about this location by studying Ansel Adams prints in school.

Below is Ansel’s shot taken from the canyon floor.

In the best light…


Dreams Of Shiprock

Dreams Of Shiprock

 

The Shiprock formation is in the far northwest corner of New Mexico, just east of the Arizona border. It’s the most prominent feature of the area. For some reason the memory is etched on my mind. When I think of returning to the Four Corners region, it’s Shiprock that I want to see.

The original image had a heavy cast of haze. With the new Dehaze tool in Lightroom CC 2015, I was able to extract a useable image.

In the best light…


Totem Poles And Yei Bi Chei

Totem Poles and Yei Bi Chei

 

Monument Valley is one of my favourite locations in the American Southwest. Taken during the Blue Hour, the sun had just set. This picture was shot on a Full Moon Photo Tour booked through Goulding’s Lodge. Taking a tour with a licensed Navajo guide allows you access restricted areas not open to the general public.

In the best light…


City At Night

City At Night

 

“The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night.”
Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

The view from the north of downtown is always a thing to behold. The buildings have built up now so seeing the Calgary Tower isn’t possible from this vantage point. but the sight is still great. The contrast in lighting is always hard to deal with in a night shot. I didn’t want to revert to HDR and choose a single frame to process.

In the best light…


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