"Celestial Hands"

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park


  • Title of work:
    Celestial Hands
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  • Camera:
    Zone Vi 4x5 View Camera
  • Lens:
    210 mm Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar-S
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  • Shutter Speed:
    1 second
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  • Film:
    Fujifilm Velvia 50

  • Story behind the image:

    During my wife and I's first trip to Monument Valley, we decided to sleep in the back of our Ford Edge at Goulding's campground. On this particular morning, I had forgotten to set the alarm but somehow, around 5:30am, I awakened and took a gander at the sky. I then suddenly yelled out: "Fire in the sky!" This, of course frightened my wife because she thought we were in the middle of a fire.  I quickly explained that the sunrise was happening in an amazing way. So we scrambled to pull ourselves together and drove over to the overlook at Monument Valley to witness a spectacular sunrise with the most vibrant red color that we'd had ever seen.

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