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Nov 18, 2003


Coyote Buttes, Arizona

How this image came about is very interesting, and somewhat humorous. After spending much of the early hours shooting in the rich early morning light along the route to the Wave, I came to the Wave entrance to find this pool (which is frequently seen in many pictures, and present after almost any amount of precipitation). Unfortunately, I mis-calculated and got here too late - that is, too late to keep all of the pool in shadow. So I rushed around trying to figure out how to take a shot of some substance in these 'less than ideal' conditions, and decided to place myself in an image looking back out the way I came in. This is the first of 12 images I took, and at first look in the review screen of the G2 I did not like the composition at all (with my reflection intersected by the shore, the branch framing the bottom of the image, etc). So on I went, running back and forth from the camera to the set position I wanted to be in...all the time getting very curious looks from a couple of onlookers higher up on the Wave (it was, indeed, an interesting way for me to get my exercise). After all was said and done, this was by far my favorite, if not for the pose which I was in, but the rich indirect light which filled the area from the brightly lit rocks just off the image to the left. I actually like the branch framing the bottom of the frame - it is nothing I would do intentionally, but actually works in some strange way this time around. Minor contrast/saturation adjustments in Photoshop.

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godro01-Mar-2013 20:28
Beautiful image!
Jay Levin18-Feb-2010 06:15
Superb work!
Patty Roth03-Feb-2009 15:37
This is such a striking, powerful image! V
Guest 20-May-2008 23:15
Funny how things work out that way isn't it! Love the shot, it totally worked!
flowsnow02-Jun-2007 07:38
You have expressed your inner thoughts and imagination well in this image and description. I love the way you look up the rocks forms not only a mirror but also a dissection of two worlds - the real and the imaginary one. V
monica memoli21-Feb-2007 10:07
Wow! what a masterpiece! v
George Christakos03-Feb-2007 01:51
What should I say about this magnificent photo? I'll just add my vote...
Guest 13-Jan-2007 01:35
Naomi 10-Jan-2007 15:55
Fantastic shot! GMV
Guest 07-Jan-2007 15:25 every way,Brian. V
Martha Albuquerque24-Aug-2006 10:53
Stunning shot! BigVote
Yves Rubin03-Jul-2006 01:37
Superb! Your pose serves to emphasize the running lines in the rock at right, where most of the details is visible. Beautiful!
Reflections by Ruth08-Mar-2006 05:29
got my vote, as Ron said, brilliant idea for a comp, the first I have seen of its kind.
I wish I knew about this place the 2 times I was in AZ 1996 and 2002
Michel CORBOZ18-Dec-2005 20:28
A masterpiece!
Guest 14-Aug-2005 06:49
Awesome baby!
Ron Horloff19-Jul-2005 20:56
Brilliantly composed, Brian.

Piotr Siejka15-Feb-2005 15:11
Unbelievable shot! Hats off...
Georges Noblet05-Aug-2004 05:23
Nice composition, thank you for sharing!
Best regards,
Georges N
Tom Tom03-Aug-2004 03:02
Perfect photo Brian - excellent colour, composition and lighting. Best photo in the gallery and therefore gets the vote!
Anna Yu23-May-2004 19:51
Truly outstanding.
Eli Finkelstein06-Dec-2003 22:35
They are all outstanding images, but this is my favorite of the bunch. Great stuff!