Exploring the Arizona Desert

© Dale Hardin

Exploring the Arizona Desert

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic 7/6/2011 12:32:56 PM

Wonderful lighting, love the warm tones. The silhoutted cactus and golden rays of sun combine for a dramatic impact. Nicely done Dale. #1390922

John Rivera level-classic 7/6/2011 12:45:05 PM

Beautiful capture! #9511446

Dale Hardin 7/6/2011 2:17:58 PM

thanks Reynaldo and John. Had so much fun that day. My friend and neighbor owns the jeep and has a home on the river. He took me out into the desert and on that day he learned all about "chasing the light" :o) #9511617

Jeff Robinson level-classic 7/6/2011 2:38:08 PM

Very beautifully composed and captured Dale!! #9511662

Dale Hardin level-classic 7/6/2011 3:16:15 PM

Thank you very much Jeff. #9511729

Patricia White level-classic 7/6/2011 5:06:08 PM

I was wondering if you could maybe take out the jeep. I know he is your ride but I think maybe it would have made a more dramatic photo without the jeep. It has all the right elements otherwise. #9511934

Dale Hardin level-classic 7/6/2011 9:22:25 PM

Hi Patricia. I took out the jeep as you suggested but to me it has a lot less impact. Especially since the title infers that there are people exploring. Also without the jeep you lose the sense of scale.

Here's the result. What do you think? Is it as you envisioned? #9512497

Lucy Abrao level-classic 7/7/2011 1:07:54 PM

I agree with Patricia, it looks so much better without the jeep. The jeep is a distraction that could be left out of an otherwise beautiful image. Very nice!!
Lucy #9514010

Dale Hardin level-classic 7/7/2011 2:47:57 PM

thanks for your comments Lucille. Enjoyed your gallery and noticed many from the Oregon Coast. Will be up there early September. #9514165

Emile Abbott level-classic 7/9/2011 11:49:27 AM

Dale chasing the light is one of the great things we photographers do that so many other individuals miss. You nailed this one perfect with the right tones. Owning a jeep and being and having been an extreme off road jeeper it did not bother me tho have it in but I do think for artistic and judging purposes to have removed it would be best. Tell your friend to move the jeep next time and save DD time. Awesome captures both Dale. Do not get heat stroke. #9518408

Dale Hardin level-classic 7/9/2011 5:37:36 PM

thank you Emile. I hope to get back out there this July. It was too early for the boaters on the river on this trip but should get some good shots next time.

Thank you for the advise. I really like the desert. So much to see. #9518902

William S. Briggs level-classic 8/3/2011 5:54:04 PM

Beautiful capture Dale. Great lighting and sky. My wife's sister lives in Green Valley, AZ and when visiting I always try to find a great saguaro to line up with a great sunset. I have not had much luck so far. Nice work! #9580219

Dale Hardin level-classic 8/3/2011 10:20:50 PM

Thanks William. Got lucky that day as noted above. My neighbor and his jeep helped me chase them all evening and managed quite a few. Nothing like four wheeling to help with desert travel.

Next time you head that way give a holler and maybe we can look for them together. (if it isn't too far) :o) #9580538

Carol Eade level-classic 8/25/2011 5:41:02 PM

Beautiful light, Dale, congratulations!

Dale Hardin level-classic 8/25/2011 8:03:13 PM

thank you Carol. #9630926

Lucy Abrao level-classic 8/25/2011 8:15:03 PM

I absolutely love this shot, Dale! Congratulations on a well deserved finalist! #9630971

Dale Hardin level-classic 8/25/2011 8:55:31 PM

You're so kind Lucille. Your gallery is filled with images that are inspirations for this scene. Like "Sunset at Bandon" and all the animal/sunset scenes. #9631171

Emile Abbott level-classic 8/26/2011 8:01:52 AM

Really glad to see this one again. Congrats on another great finalist, Dale. #9633002

Arthur Bohlmann 8/26/2011 8:19:14 AM

Another very big CONGRALUATIONS #9633089

Dale Hardin 8/26/2011 10:48:27 AM

A big thanks Emile and Arthur. Greatly appreciated. #9633772

David M. Montero 8/26/2011 11:06:35 AM

Congratulations on your Finalist selection Dale. Great sunset/silhouette. #9633843

Debbie E. Payne 8/26/2011 12:06:56 PM

Congratulations on your win, Dale! It needed the gold underneath it to balance all that beautiful gold light in the image itself! #9634093

Bojan Bencic level-classic 8/26/2011 12:17:49 PM

Congratulations, Dale! #9634158

Michelle Alton 8/26/2011 12:27:01 PM

Magnificent selection for the GOLD, Dale. Congratulatons! #9634212

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 8/26/2011 12:43:54 PM

WTG, Dale! Congratulations on this amazing WInner, my friend! WTG! #9634304

Dale Hardin level-classic 8/26/2011 2:09:41 PM

Thanks everyone. It was a very pleasant surprise. #9634592

Phyllis A. Houghton level-classic 8/26/2011 2:18:15 PM

Congratulations Dale! Goin home with the gold!!! Great image, great lighting, detail and sky. #9634626

Dale Hardin level-classic 8/26/2011 2:28:01 PM

thank you, thank you Phyllis. #9634667

Carolyn McIntosh 8/26/2011 4:50:03 PM

Big congratulations on all your winnings this month and especially this one going gold. Good for you . . you are highly gifted and it is nice to see that acknowledged. #9635179

Arthur Bohlmann 8/26/2011 5:19:05 PM

Way To Go!!!!! GOLD ALL THE WAY!!! #9635265

Michael Kelly level-classic 8/26/2011 5:52:05 PM

Dale I think this is among your best! Congratulations on a beautiful shot and deserving win! #9635378

Ellen H. Robertson level-classic 8/26/2011 7:29:34 PM

WOW, this is BEAUTIFUL. Congrats!!!!! #9635650

Dale Hardin level-classic 8/26/2011 8:58:47 PM

Carolyn, Arthur, Mike, and Ellen, I can't tell you how nice it is the hear comments like this from people whose work I admire. #9635861

Robert K. Bemus level-classic 8/26/2011 10:42:57 PM

Congratulations on your Gold, Dale!! #9635948

Dale Hardin 8/27/2011 7:50:19 AM

Thanks Robert. Now if I could just get one from your "water world" genre, it would be very cool Dude. :o) #9636631

Emile Abbott level-classic 8/27/2011 2:30:23 PM

Huge congratulation on your gold badge and winner, Dale. #9637368

Dale Hardin level-classic 8/27/2011 3:24:21 PM

Thanks for the congrats Emile. #9637472

Merna L. Nobile 8/27/2011 3:26:37 PM

Great photographers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.
Congratulations for your achievement, August, 25, 2011. Merna


Dale Hardin 8/27/2011 5:09:21 PM

Thank you Merna. #9637681

Lucy Abrao level-classic 8/28/2011 8:44:35 AM

Congratulations, Dale. This is a beautiful image. Lucy #9638525

Dale Hardin 8/28/2011 9:03:32 AM

Lucille, thank you for the pleasant comments. #9638551

Laura E. Swan level-classic 8/28/2011 9:29:56 AM



Well, excuse me if I say that I like the jeep there. It DOES add scale and I bet "Jeep" might like to use this for an AD??? This was living proof that we need to go with our own gut and do what we like the best! Lol..(You aren't surprised to hear this coming from -me- now, are you???...And I KNOW you have a big smile on your face right now!!! HeeHee!)

Congratulations AGAIN!

Your Friend, Laura :)


Dale Hardin 8/28/2011 11:25:24 AM

From ear to ear Laura! :o) #9638732

David M. Montero 8/28/2011 3:50:22 PM

Glad to see it! Congratulations Dale! #9639127

Dale Hardin 8/28/2011 8:30:10 PM

Thanks a bunch Dave #9639589

Aimee C. Eisaman 8/29/2011 7:10:54 AM

Way to go Dale on your second place win! :~) #9640244

Terry Cervi level-classic 8/29/2011 8:31:55 AM

Congrats on your beautiful win, Dale!! Just gorgeous! #9640467

Dale Hardin 8/29/2011 8:37:15 AM

thanks Aimee and Terry. Appreciate it very much. #9640492

Irene Colling level-classic 8/31/2011 2:24:10 PM

Gotta love a sunset like that for a wonderful photo op.

Outstanding capture and excellent presentation Dale. I like the added element of interest with the jeep in the background.

Huge congratulations Dale on your gold award winning image. #9644857

Dale Hardin 8/31/2011 2:59:23 PM

thanks Irene. Like you new logo but miss your pretty face. #9644899

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 8/31/2011 10:35:31 PM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!

UB. #9645670

Laura E. Swan level-classic 9/1/2011 12:09:17 AM

HA! :D What a perfect gift. Love it and huge congrats to you, Dale!

Now chase the golden sun and keep the wind where it belongs!

-Laura :))) !!! #9645806

Dale Hardin 9/25/2011 11:33:13 AM

Thanks UB and Laura. Sorry for the late reply. Just returned yesterday from a month long solo driving trip. #9690227

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