Sand Castle

Uploaded: June 07, 2010 05:39:36


One thing for sure all who venture into Antelope Canyon will have sand in their hair, shoes and camera as it blows continuously. I was fascinated by the shapes of the sand caught in the light streaming from above and from the “Castle” stone walls. Time, sand and water create the unique curves and shapes. No filters or color adjustment
“Time is like a handful of sand- the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers”

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/15 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 24.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III


Jeff Robinson level-deluxe June 07, 2010

An amazing and Beautiful capture of Time and Place! Outstanding work Melissa! Jef #1276216

Linda D. Lester level-classic June 07, 2010

Beautiful work!!!!! Love the lighting! #8671003

Val Feldman level-deluxe June 07, 2010

Exceptional capture! Love all the twists and turns of this fantastically glowing, wonderfully textured experience this sight, I wouldn't care if I was brushing sand off for the next three years! :) Kudos, Melissa..your exciting and excellent captures of Antelope Canyon easily put me right into the middle of this phenomenal sight...I think I feel sand in my shoes! :) Excellent work! #8671135

Melissa G. Meiselman June 07, 2010

Melissa, this is another wonderful shot of that magnificent place!! #8671177

Danny B. Head level-deluxe June 07, 2010

Wow! #8671178

Robert R. Goodman June 07, 2010

That is absolutely beautiful,Melissa.Added to my favorite.Wonderful color and lighting.I hope to catch some monsoon storms at Oak Creek and Grand Canyon this summer!!! #8671199

Gina Cormier level-classic June 07, 2010

Another stunning image Melissa!!!!! #8671258

Ron McEwan June 07, 2010

Terrific image Melissa, looks like smoke. Someone told me if I ever get there do not change lenses because of the sand. Hope you didn't. #8671270

Melissa Olsen June 07, 2010

Thanks all!
And no way did I change my lens. #8671334

JudyAnn Rector level-deluxe June 07, 2010

Another beauty, Melissa! #8671588

Marcel J. Fernandez June 07, 2010

You are having fun in the slot caves. Nice work! #8671594

Julianne Bradford June 07, 2010

Fabulous work and capture Melissa. I think that the holding on principal works with everything. Don't squeeze too tight :-) #8671771

John Connolly June 07, 2010

Incredible light and color in this unique capture Melissa! An amazing capture! #8672756

Liz blahh June 07, 2010

Beautiful series! Love the lighting and tones! #8676507

Melissa Olsen June 08, 2010

Thanks again Liz! #8677918

Hal Bambrick June 08, 2010

WOW!!,This Series is just STUNNING!!!. These are Magazine Cover Quality,you should submit them!!!!!. #8678219

Debra R. Harder June 08, 2010

WOW is right! I just LOVE your series, Melissa! Lucky you...the slots are amazing! Beautiful lighting, colors and composition. Stunning! Deb #8678888

Patricia A. Stalter June 08, 2010

Yup.. wow is apt! Here in Tacoma .. no baby yet. You will not believe what they have picked for her name... Brooklin Raeann! #8678925

Randy D. Dinkins level-deluxe June 09, 2010

Great capture, beautiful spot and perfect MT entry! #8682939

Ken Smith level-classic June 11, 2010

It was sandy when I was there too, but this is the first photo I've ever seen with the sand captured in the light. You're rolling! #8689642

Howard B. Cheek June 12, 2010

I see you've been busy cave dwelling..
Wonderful series of images, fascinating really.
I've posted a few again, guess you could say I've come out of my "cave" for now :)

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic July 12, 2010

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8751506

Bojan Bencic level-classic July 12, 2010

Congratulations on your finalist, Melissa. #8751712

Patricia A. Stalter July 12, 2010

What ever! There is no denying that this is most deserving! congrats and good luck in the next stage. #8752500

Robert R. Goodman July 12, 2010

Beautiful capture,Congratulations Melissa!! #8752553

Sherran Andersen level-classic July 12, 2010

Congrats Melissa. #8755393

Janet McNeil level-classic July 13, 2010

Congratulations on this well deserved Finalist!! #8756266

Jack Ryan July 13, 2010

Congratulations, Melissa..a very deserving selection. #8756981

Diane E. Deming level-classic July 13, 2010

Outstanding image, Melissa! I never tire of looking at Antelope Canyon photos. It must be spectacular in person. Congratulations! #8757622

Anita Hogue July 13, 2010

Congratulations, Melissa this is stunning! #8758170

Debra R. Harder July 13, 2010

I agree...this is truly STUNNING, Melissa! Huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING finalist! Deb #8760273

Sam Britt July 13, 2010

Congratulations, Melissa! #8760297

Bojan Bencic level-classic July 14, 2010

Congratulations on your amazing win, Melissa. #8762460

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic July 14, 2010

Wowzer, Melissa. Absolutely stunning. Huge congrats on this well deserved WINNER. #8762518

Mark Dodge July 14, 2010

Way to go, Melissa! Well deserved gold! Congratulations! #8762566

Robert R. Goodman July 14, 2010

A big congratulations,Melissa!!! #8762590

Tammy Espino July 14, 2010

Huge Congrats on your win!! :) #8762636

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic July 14, 2010

on your very deserving SECOND PLACE WINNER!! #8762682

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna July 14, 2010

WTG on your win, Melissa! :-) k #8762744

ALLEN O. HOWARD July 14, 2010

It is wonderful Melissa! Congratulations! #8762867

Lorna Shutter July 14, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS on your 2nd Place Win for this beautiful image, Melissa!!!!! :) Photobucket #8762868

Carol L. Fowler July 14, 2010

Big Congrats! #8762971

Monnie Ryan July 14, 2010

This one's nothing short of awesome, Melissa -- a great big CONGRATULATIONS on your win! #8762974

Linda D. Lester level-classic July 14, 2010

WTG!!! Awesome shot..Congratulations! #8762991

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe July 14, 2010

Wow...terrific image. Congrats on your win! #8762997

Claudia Kuhn level-classic July 14, 2010

Gorgeous, congrats on your win Melissa! #8763206

Jessica Jenney July 14, 2010

Congratulations, Melissa on your gorgeous win! #8763248

Judy A. Lawhon July 14, 2010

WOW....congrats, Melissa on this well deserved win!!!!!! #8763447

Patrick Rouzes July 14, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS on this phenomenal Winner, Melissa! WTG, indeed! #8763456

Debra R. Harder July 14, 2010

WTG, Melissa! Huge congratulations on your EXCELLENT GOLD WINNER!! Deb #8763768

Randy D. Dinkins level-deluxe July 14, 2010

Big congrats, well deserved!!!! #8763811

Val Feldman level-deluxe July 14, 2010

There ya go, Melissa - a WELL-DESERVED Gold Win...Happy for you - Huge Congrats!!! (Yep, I'm smilin' ear to ear looking at that badge - WTG!) #8763897

Sam Britt July 14, 2010

Congrats on this second place win, Melissa! #8764080

Leslie Carson Wolfe level-classic July 14, 2010

Incredible, brilliant, fantastic, excellent, splendid, marvelous, magnificent, gorgeous, terrific, wonderful, awesome, stunning, amazing, and BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations, Melissa! #8764268

Mary K. Robison July 15, 2010

Ditto on Leslie's adjectives, Melissa!
Congratulations on your well earned Win! #8764694

Anita Hogue July 15, 2010

Congratulations on a wonderful winner! #8765006

Melissa Olsen July 15, 2010

Thank you all so very much! #8765116

Tarun Bose July 15, 2010

Big congrats Melissa for your winner. #8765722

Mike Clime July 15, 2010

Congratulations on your winner! #8765781

Susan M. Campbell July 15, 2010

Amazing and beautiful Melissa. Congratulations!! #8766643

Teresa F. Smith July 16, 2010

Congratuations Melissa!! The entire series is a winner. #8767863

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe July 16, 2010

Congrats Melissa on this Amazing 2nd Place Win! Jeff #8768100

Bill Foxworthy July 17, 2010

Outstanding Melissa, congratulations. #8770004

Michael G. Marshall July 19, 2010

Terrific winning image, Melissa! Congratulations! Michael #8774326

Eivor Kuchta July 21, 2010

So well deserved, Melissa! Big congratulations on your winner!!! #8778087

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict September 13, 2010

Congratulations Melissa on your Win!!!

Dominick #8897221

Vincent J. DeSanto December 31, 2010

Melissa, what a great capture, amazing color, clarity and the composition is perfect. Great work here Melissa. #9134884

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