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May 7, 2013, 6:38:06 AM
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Vermilion Eye by PeterJCoskun Vermilion Eye by PeterJCoskun
This is from my recent trip to the remote sandstone world otherwise known as "white pocket". This is one of the most remarkable landscapes I've ever stepped foot on, and from the moment I stepped out of the truck, it was non stop photography. Within the length of a full day, I snapped my shutter well over 300 times. Normally, I will shoot that many in 3-5 days. It was cloudy and rainy as we arrived, "perfect", I thought in my head. These were the exact conditions I wanted for this trip. For such a unique landscape, I wanted to have dramatic skies to go along with it. After shredding my boots into oblivion from running across the hard stone, it was time to rest. A few hours of sleep (2-3), and I was awake in the dark of night ready for more shooting. Myself and one of the other photographers I was with decided to venture out into the sandstone to catch the milky way over the martian landscape. All that was missing was my spaceman suit. It was so quiet, the quietest place I've ever been for sure. After shooting the stars until they disappeared, we ventured around shooting the various formations under some fortuitous light. By then, it was nearly 6:30am. The two photographers I was with had been here before, and informed me they were going to shoot this area called the "vortex". With a name like that, I figured I would go with them. After climbing up and over some brainrock formation we came to this spot, the one you see in the image above. It was like nothing I've seen before. The twisting and turning and converging sandstone was just pure bliss for the camera. We spent a good hour or so photographing this spot. The area almost consumed three cameras and lenses along with a photographer (not me), so getting the shots we wanted were actually quite risky. You see, this is sandstone, which is solidified sand. However, there is always this thin layer of fine slippery sand over the red rocks that can cause one some damage. I slid down the steep sandstone slot to a point where I knew I would be able to make it back up without slipping into the unknown abyss below. Finally getting a composition I desired, I got out of there as quickly as possible to avoid any more camera catastrophes. I am definitely dying to get back here now that I had a taste of the landscape. For some sense of scale, that little sand patch in the center could probably hold 3-4 people standing up with a little room to spare.

White Pocket- Arizona.

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OoPygmalion Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Beautiful!!!Alice Cooper Icon 11 
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wazabi902 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
This is perfect!! Please tell me how I can order a soft copy of this :) sent you a PM
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Thanks!
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wazabi902 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Hi peter, sent you another PM :)
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LordMearln Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What sholud I say that express what I feel and You can answer something more than "thank you" for it? Maybe that I love your photo. It leads me to an other world, which is LOT MORE beautiful than reality... *.*
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Thank you I appreciate the kind words!
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JeffreyJordan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Wow, thats just cool.
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Thank you!
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:iconworldexplorer296:
WorldExplorer296 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's pretty! Really cool
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Thank you!
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CR99nut Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Simply as an abstract splash of form and color, this is amazing. Knowing that it's a photo of a real place makes it even more amazing! Thanks for giving a sense of scale in your description, because until I read that, I was having a hard time figuring it out. (It's much larger than I originally thought at first glance.)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Thank you!
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boankagaints Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Interface Designer
beautiful??? where this...? Sweating a little... 
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Thank you! This is in an area known as "white pocket".
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augenweide Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured here...[link]
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Thank you I appreciate it!
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JustinGSinclair Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Photographer
This is so cool!
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Thank you!
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:iconaugenweide:
augenweide Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in our Best of May Selection from :iconphotography-inc: [link]
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Thank you I appreciate it!
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augenweide Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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jonathanjessup Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Wonderful. Spectacular. Congrats!
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Thank you!
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digitalHD Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
The geology of Utah and Arizona is simply gorgeous and its looks change often as the light changes. Well done my friend!
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
It surely is. A great study in the landscape especially that rich red sandstone. Thanks!
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Misty-Mornings Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Hi there! :party:
You’ve been featured A Very Colourful Feature
Thank you so much for submitting your work to :iconthe-great-outdoors: :hug:
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Thank you I appreciate it!
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djohn9 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What a place. I read the description to see the perspective is downwards but it's still difficult to grasp what I'm seeing.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
You almost get a sense of vertigo with all the striations leading down. Nothing like standing 3000 feet above the Colorado and looking down, but somewhat similar. My goal was to confuse the viewer, and so far many have been lol.
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MarietteBerndsen Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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SharpPhotoStudio Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
I don't know what is more interesting, your picture or your description of the location. Great job on both. B
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Thank you I appreciate it! I worked harder for the photo, so hopefully that is actually more interesting haha.
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WinsomeLosesome Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Thanks!
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Arnaell Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Amazing !
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Thanks!
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Arnaell Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
You're welcome ^^
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
really great pic! :)
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Thank you!
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ur welcome :)
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ParaisaDesign Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Amazing shot. I loved your other photos on your website too.
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Thank you!
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ZIMSTUFF Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
thats beautiful
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Thank you!
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Iessika Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
What a wonderful image, I absolutely love the flow and colors. It's great to read the story that goes along with the photo, it creates and atmosphere and mood that's less apparent without it. And honestly, if I don't look too hard, I could imagine this being an abstract painting. I'd certainly love to hang a print on my wall.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Thank you I appreciate it! If you are interested in buying this as a print, there is a link in the description to do so.
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mecengineer Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
excellent
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Thanks!
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John-Peter Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup:
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Thanks!
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