Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “rocks

The Mittens

The Mittens

 

This week I’m revisiting a place that I’m yearning to actually revisit, Monument Valley. It straddles the Utah-Arizona border within the Navajo Indian reservation. The Navajo Nation operates the Monument Valley Tribal Park and regulates entry to the area.

This scene is one of the most photographed locations. It features both the East and West Mitten as well as Merrick Butte. What you can’t see are the dozens of other photographers on either side of me. Farther into the park and later into the day as well as very early the next day, the crowds thinned dramatically. Shooting the dawn the next day, I practically had the place to myself.

In the best light…

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Sedona Evening

Sedona Evening

 

Sedona was our last overnight stop on this photo trip before Phoenix and our departure for home. By this time, I was getting a little burned out. It had been two weeks of 12 to 14 hour days, either driving or shooting. I had planned to get out and about to the shoot the sights around Sedona but couldn’t put together the energy to leave the hotel room. This week’s images are a tip for the lazy photographer: Get a great hotel room and shoot from the balcony.

In the best light…


The Edge Of Twilight

The Edge Of Twilight

 

The evening light really brought out the red color in the rocks around Sedona. The vegetation absorbed the light making it look even darker than the bare rock formations that reflected the brightness.

In the best light…


Red Rock Glow

Red Rock Glow

 

Sedona is kind of a magical town, I’m sure that it’s filled with hipsters and all of the trendy people but the area itself and the landscape seem magical to me. The brilliant red rock is everywhere and no matter where you look there’s a great picture.

In the best light…


Golden Light On The North Rim

Golden Light on the North Rim

 

The sun sets quickly in Arizona compared to here above the Fiftieth Parallel. The shadows are deep and dark in the interior of the Grand Canyon. Preserving the details in all of that dimness can be a chore. The highlighted formations stand out.

In the best light…