Wet Painted Desert

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© Scott Anderson
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Photo Info
UploadedOctober 19, 2008
TakenMarch 23, 2004
Exposure1/800 sec at f/4.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length28 mm
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Captured on March 23, 2004 at Painted Desert National Park, Arizona, USA.

One of the few shots I got that day. Taken during one of the few breaks in a torrential rain storm. These types of storms are a rarity in northern Arizona where there are only a few inches of rainfall each year.

Normally the reds, yellows, oranges, greys and whites of the soft sandstone and sediment layers are brilliantly lit from a harsh desert sun. On that day with the heavily overcast skies and drenched surface, the colors are quite subdued.

Not ,many people get to see this fantastic place like this. According to a Park Ranger, we were one of only 11 cars to enter the park that day.

One of my favorite shots from this vacation.

Shot hand held with one of the original Canon Digital Rebels and the 18-55mm kit lens it came out with. ISO 100, 1/800 sec @ 4.5f. A gradient was applied to darken the sky a bit to bring out the detail of the clouds. Unretouched, other than that.

11 responses

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (19 Oct 2008):

    Great Job!!

  • Chelsea Rising

    Chelsea Rising   gave props (19 Oct 2008):

    Incredible! Really amazing photo, got my vote. : )

  • James Watson

    James Watson gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    Very Good Shot !

  • Scott Anderson

    Scott Anderson said (21 Oct 2008):

    Thanks to you all! I am glad you liked it.

  • Delores Harshaw

    Delores Harshaw (Deleted) gave props (4 Nov 2008):

    Awesome shot. Voted!

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    gorgeous shot, well done! you rocked it.

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (25 Jul 2009):

    Wow, you were lucky to be there! Great catch!

  • Arthur Peuckert

    Arthur Peuckert said (2 Sep 2010):

    Stunning capture,very well done!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (12 Sep 2010):

    That is a beauty.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (12 Sep 2010):

    That is a beauty.

  • Amber Fette

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