BEFORE THE ECLIPSE - 22 MAY 12
Monument Valley at Sunrise - Monument Valley Tribal Park, AZ, File #1230053
Before I tried to shoot the eclipse up at Page, I spent the night at Monument Valley. The view point where this image was shot was one of those iconic locations where many many people of previous done their best to create new and unique images. Mostly, people simply try to match the masters and I'm no exception.
The classic composition is to use these large rocks in the foreground to offset against the distant buttes. You can't miss these things. Usually at sunrise or sunset gobs of photographers are clustered around them trying to get their images. It pays to get there early to stake out a claim. This morning was no exception.
One thing many photographers malign are landscape images without dramatic clouds. I've heard it many times photographers refuse to shoot without a cloud in the sky at the risk of making their imagery mundane. I say, when you're given lemons, make lemon aid.
In this case, that means make your own drama which means blowing out the highlights so sun is less detailed but the results, it's sparkle is still there. That's what you see here. I completely let the sky go with no color or detail while using the mitten to partially obstruct the sun which allowed those sun rays to show.
I'll give more details on how this image was made on another article.
Just observe the other photographers. See below