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Land Of Standing Rocks, 1988. Canyonlands National Park, Utah


Along the rough, sixty-mile jeep road that enters the dramatic and remote Maze District of Utah's Canyonlands National Park, I noticed an interesting curved cloud mass that was slowly moving to the east, stretching high above an area that is called the "Land Of Standing Rocks". Seeing that the coarsely textured buttes presented an interesting grand landscape image, accentuated by the interesting cloud formations which were moving into place, I quickly stopped my 1970 Ford Bronco, set up my 4x5 view camera, applied a deep yellow-orange filter and took this shot only seconds before a jet trail appeared right through the sky of the image area. The negative was, however, considerably over-exposed. I later reduced the negative slightly in Farmer's Reducer which brought the values to very printable densities. This photograph is somewhat difficult to make. I use a number of contrast masks including a Contrast Reduction Mask, SCIM, and type 2 Fog Mask. The fog mask allows me to control the values in the sky areas of the print, without affecting the clouds, smoothing out uneven values and diminishing the appearance of grain in the sky. To me this image is symbolic of the Great American West with it's grand vistas, remote wilderness and exciting skies.


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