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Adventurers begin a day in the Alps
A moment of peace while walking through The Narrows in Zion National Park
The Ambassador Bridge
Faith
 Cliff-Man
Nature Drawing
Resting
Yellowstone Lake
4th of July Friendship
The Inside Out
The Hidden Man
Breaking Dawn
Flower in Aranjuez
Fishing at the lake
Stroll by the lake
The coloured clouds
The sun captures historical meaning looking over the North Bridge in Minuteman National Park.
Cooper's Hawk The Eyse Have IT
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Pink Parrot Tulips in the Gleaming Sun
I can tell that we are gonna be friends.
Fishers
Sky Full of Clouds
14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Breaking Dawn

This was taken at the Antelope Canyon, Arizona. What appears to be a sand dune stretching into a rising sun is actually the cliff of the canyon, formed by Navajo Sandstone. The photo was shot from the bottom of the canyon, vertically towards the top where the light comes from. However there is no sky visible, meaning no direct sunlight. The purpose of that is to lower the contrast in brightness so you can see the full detail of the cliff without dark spots yet still keep the picture bright enough. The Antelope Canyon is such a natural wonder. One has to be there to fully appreciate the uncanny workmanship of Mother Nature. I was trying to capture even if just one percent of the brilliance and I know that effort can look futile a lot of the times. So I tried to approach it with a special angle, an angle that makes viewers wonder what they are seeing and how it comes to be, just like I couldn’t help wondering how nature created the Antelope Canyon.

TAGS: Arizona, Nature, Stunning, United States

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Rochester, New York, United States of America
Member since 2016
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© Shengwen Yang.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 06.2015
Total Views: 25
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: July 13, 2016, 2:31 p.m.
Camera Make: SONY
Camera Model: NEX-5T
Focal Length: 16mm
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Aperture: f4
ISO: ISO400
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