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Salt River Twilight by PeterJCoskun Salt River Twilight by PeterJCoskun
This is another take on the cliffs of over the lower salt river. I have one more to share from here, and they all are somewhat similar. However, each one is a study in light and the different moods specific light provides over a landscape. This is a stitch of nine vertical images to include the cliffs and moon sneaking between the pink clouds. This was only taken about 20 minutes after my previous image. It is amazing how quickly the light can change out in the desert.

Lower Salt River- Arizona.

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First off let me say that this image is stunning example of great landscape photography and the reason I'm even here looking and commenting is that it obviously caught my eye!

Down to brass tacks. The first thing that disrupted my eye was the inclusion of the little rock to the lower right, seems a little out of place as catches your eye as you spin out from the main subject. Was it in the frame due to the constraints of shooting from that particular spot?

The level crop makes it feel slight uncomfortable on my eye, at first I was thinking that the water needs cropping especially as a lot of the gorgeous mountain detail in the reflection is lost in shadow, however the more I look at it the more I think maybe it's fine but simply needs ever so slight dodge just to lift up the reflections.

A lot of motion on the water to the right, maybe just a pinch more exposure to let that smooth over a little more?

The mountains have a stunning orange and red hue that's just gorgeous but the foreshore and the tops are just a little too dark. The far left shore in the trees is very dark indeed. You see the image but your eye is very quickly constrained by just the central 25-30% of the image at the cliff faces, they feel slightly trapped in a lot of surrounding shadow.

Love the sky but there's a bright spot on the upper right that feels slightly at odds with the darker, richer tones in the rest of the image, it's almost an escape route to get out of the image away from the cliff faces.

A stunning, classic landscape image that's been extremely well captured but just feels a little dark in places.
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RHCheng Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome image, love the lighting here :)
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thank you!
art-n-rythym Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
never imagined I'd see the river in this way when I was tubing down it 30 years ago half blasted on beer. 
great shot.
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Thank you! Only in late fall can it look so peaceful. I was out there already this summer to shoot and there was more trash and people I could care to remember. It's a shame many people take this area for granted. It is one of my favorite places for photography.
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Even though I favd both of these shots I tend to prefer this one over the other. Mainly because of the softer light--the other light is beautiful but I love to see the details and colors in those rocks. I do like the inclusion of the bit of rock in the lower right. Lets folks know you weren't out floating over the water when the shots were taken--you're good...REAL good but I don't think you can walk on water :D it also gives depth to the shot and a little bit of sense of the scale of the place. David Muench would be happy with this, I think.

Excellent showcase of the changing light of the desert. :clap:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thank you I appreciate the kind words. I would hope David would be happy with such an image.
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
You're welcome :)
Shadowelve Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Hello :wave:

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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Thank you I appreciate it!
danUK86 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
love the colours, great shot :)
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