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Canyonlands by PeterJCoskun Canyonlands by PeterJCoskun
I had hoped for that classic shot of the arch at sunrise to get the sunstar beneath the arch. However, cloudy skies prevented that from happening. I decided to take a few exposures and play my cards when I got home to process them. No, this isn't what it looked like in person, but because of stacked GND filters and blending I was able to achieve a look that I admire in some southwest imagery. I love storm like atmospheres and high contrast over desert scenes. Some boost in contrast and I had a scene that looked like it came from mars. At first I was disappointed that the mountains were not as detailed as I would prefer, but because it had been so windy and overcast it created a haze that gave the scene some depth. For me the overall feel of the image portrays the rugged terrain perfectly. Red rock canyons and arches in the desert with the heat. It just seemed fitting. I still wish I had the sunstar shot, but even more reason to head back again. Comments and thoughts appreciated!

Mesa arch, canyonlands national park- Utah
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yukamilee Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
i want to go this place 3:
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BedroomPhotog Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm heading out to Western Colorado / Eastern Utah in the end of July. Hoping to get some great shots while I'm out there. I really like this shot by the way.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Thanks! I'm sure you will. Especially if there are storms brewing. The best light you can get in the desert.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Awesome picture! Stunning colors!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Thank you!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
My pleasure. You're always very welcome! :hug:
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Phenomenal shot.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Thanks!
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Welcome. :heart:
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wchild Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Student Photographer
Featured in my latest journal: [link] :woohoo:
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Thanks I appreciate it!
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mjonline Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Wow! Great view!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Thanks!
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mjonline Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
you're welcome :)
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IgnisAlpha Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work... this reminds me of something you would see on Mars :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Thanks!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
I like the deep red style you achieve with a lot of these frames. Not light that you usually see with the arch. Why chase the requisite common shot when you are already getting frames that are unique!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Thanks, although I admire getting that classic shot with the rich golds and sunstar, I did want to do something different and create more of a surreal landscape image.
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
True, having both never hurts.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Indeed, though I could always go back and try something different as well.
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inkognitusfaber Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
that's like wow!!
Did you do some photoshopping on this; it looks so perfect that it almost seems to be unreal....
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Thanks! I did some photo shopping obviously enhancing the contrast and pushing the blacks down to bring out the mountains in the background.
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sciph Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Outstanding! the martian-like landscape feel of this is perfectly achieved. The clouds do add a monumental atmosphere as well as you could see some rays of sun penetrating through the clouds in the distant (at least from my screen). Very well done.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Thank you!
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m112a Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
praise be to the mighty creator!
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seer Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love that place. Great photo there and quite and interesting coloring to it.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Thanks!
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ZkaiOlsn702 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student Photographer
I really need to go there haha
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
It's a great place, you can be someplace super crowded one minute than feel like the last person on earth the next.
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ZkaiOlsn702 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student Photographer
That's crazy haha
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