Before the Coffee

May 4, 2007

Monument Valley

Filed under: HDR — beforethecoffee @ 10:45 pm

This is Monument Valley with some pretty extreme HDR. It’s hard to get the scale here but if you look hard you’ll see a car parked on the road.




  1. Wow!!
    That is really, really beautifull!!

    Comment by Jan — May 7, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

  2. Um. “Stunning” is about all I can come up with.

    Comment by JAM — May 23, 2007 @ 11:27 am

  3. Fantastic shot and finishing! I was just there yesterday and wish I had taken that shot to remember it by — now I can look at yours!

    Comment by Tracy — December 27, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

  4. fantastic landscape work! I am glad i stumbled upon this image

    Comment by Nathan Hobbs — February 24, 2008 @ 3:01 am

  5. thats very beutiful i come from germany and the picture is beutiful

    Comment by franzi — July 19, 2008 @ 4:00 am

  6. The colors are incredible. Makes me want to see the place even more (if that’s possible).

    Comment by Kristen — October 15, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

  7. Incredible shot!

    Comment by Michael Gehrisch — November 16, 2008 @ 8:44 am

  8. Wow…very interesting…only in Monument Valley is the moon viewable in the north…everywhere else on the planet it moves east to west.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 14, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

  9. It’s not possible for a full moon to be at that angle at just before sunrise.

    Comment by bogus — March 11, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

  10. bogus is correct. If this is a sunrise shot, then the moon is pasted in.
    Bogus and Marc, It’s not sunrise but sunset, it’s not a full moon but 1 day before, it’s not pasted in.

    Comment by Marc Hester — March 21, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

  11. Ferrell – My apologies. This is looking east, not north, and that is where the moon rises. It’s a beautiful image from an artistic standpoint, but way far removed from reality. As you point out above, it is an extreme use of HDR! The reality is that there simply would not be light of that much intensity on the monuments while earth shadow is taking place. (Earth shadow is literally the shadow of the earth cast on the atmosphere by the sun from below the horizon, resulting in colored bands, typically blue with pink above.) My feeling about HDR is that it’s great if not overdone.

    Comment by Marc Hester — March 22, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

  12. wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that’s amazingly amazing !!

    Comment by vinit — July 16, 2009 @ 3:25 am

  13. is absolutely amazing

    Comment by chris — September 6, 2009 @ 6:23 am

  14. How hard is it to travel and stay in the Monument Valley UT area. It looks vast on the map, with almost no towns and few roads. Any insights are appreciated, and you can email them to me if that works.

    Comment by Thomo — October 24, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

  15. Hi, Good shot. Sorry but extremely overdone. U simply cant keep increasing the strength to improve details and raise the color saturation. I feel If you print this pic with even 3X of current size it would be a too noisy(correct me if I am wrong). Good pic to be shown in a smaller size.

    When we do HDR, there is always a trade off between Strength and real feel and this pic has gone to far with the strength, making it extremely surreal. Good try though.

    Hi Anand, As I mentioned in the caption, this image is some pretty extreme HDR and it demonstrates the point, U CAN keep increasing the strength if it fulfills your vision as an artist. Of course a drawback is noise but there are HDR techniques to minimize it as I’ve spelled out in my book. The editors of Shutterbug magazine felt the image of Monument Valley was good enough to print for the cover of their magazine. Thank you for visiting my site, Ferrell

    Comment by Anand — July 5, 2010 @ 3:57 am

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