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Mittens Stormy Sunrise

Posted by Brent R Paull on Fri May 13, 2011 2:52 pm

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May 9th, 2011 was a stormy day along the southern Utah/northern Arizona border, but especially in Monument Valley. The weather front produced massive cloud systems and strong winds. For a few brief minutes during sunrise a hole opened for the suns rays to pour through and I was lucky enough to be there.

Nikon D2x body, 24-120mm lens at 28mm, F16 at 1/80 second, ISO 100, tripod. Raw image processed in ACR.

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by Peyton on Fri May 13, 2011 2:59 pm
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very nice, I really like this capture.
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by Paul Skoczylas on Fri May 13, 2011 3:20 pm
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Awesome! One of the best Mittens shots I've seen.


by Steve Petersen on Fri May 13, 2011 4:25 pm
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Simple and powerful. Very nice!
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by kahkityoong on Fri May 13, 2011 9:29 pm
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One of the most powerful and dramatic shots of this location I've seen. Epic.

by Greg Russell on Fri May 13, 2011 9:35 pm
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Very cool! I really like this.
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by John Labrenz on Sat May 14, 2011 12:30 am
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Really neat rays, nice silhouettes of the mittens.

by RServranckx on Sat May 14, 2011 8:19 am
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Very nice! Love the sun rays bursting through the clouds, contrasting with the beautiful silhouette of the mittens.

by Paul Klenck on Sat May 14, 2011 5:30 pm
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Perfect placement of the sun in the cradle of the mittens. Dramatic result.
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by E.J. Peiker on Sun May 15, 2011 9:39 am
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Fantastic mittens shot. I think toning down the signature would make it a lot less distracting while still providing protection.

by jfarmer on Sun May 15, 2011 12:35 pm
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Unique take on this. Nice mood.

by Brent R Paull on Tue May 17, 2011 10:27 am
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
Fantastic mittens shot. I think toning down the signature would make it a lot less distracting while still providing protection.

We all know the signature and copyright symbol provide no protection at all. It is simply their to advertise my website. A few years ago I had a 3"x4" by 72dpi image (45kb) copied off my website (bull elk silhouette) that had my copyright imbedded, and a visual signature stamp similar to this - and saw it on a huge billboard along I-15 in Salt Lake City. They scaled it up to about 8 feet by 12 feet to advertise a mountain building development. Nice. There comes a time when you realize that if people want to steal your images they will - and there is nothing you can do to stop them. However, you can make them pay when caught. A letter from my lawyer threatening a copyright lawsuit in federal court was all it took for them to pay me 10x what I would have charged them legally. My philosophy now is I'd rather share my images and advertise my business - and not worry about the bottom feeders of society.

But ya, a lighter gray signature would have been less distracting.
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