Distorted Spiral Jetty

© Jeff E Jensen

Distorted Spiral Jetty

Uploaded: January 02, 2013


1/250 Sec - f/16 - ISO 160 - 14mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 14mm f/2.8L

Exif: F Number: 16, Exposure Bias Value: 0.67, ExposureTime: 1/250 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 160, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 14.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III


Elaine Hessler January 03, 2013

Nice. Was this taken with your rectilinear lens? This is gorgeous. I like the low angle. You can still see the jetty. #1506793

Jeff E Jensen January 03, 2013

Yup, taken with the 14mm, and, it is actually a stitch of about 14 images, so it gives some funky distortions to the Jetty and to the distant shoreline. #10497005

Rita K. Connell level-classic January 03, 2013

this is a great capture Jeff. but help to understand what you have done. HDR is several image combined. but you said 14 images stitch what do you mean by that.? #10497300

Jeff E Jensen January 03, 2013

Sorry, this is not an HDR image, it is 14 images, shot vertically and then stitched together as a panorama. If you've never been there, you'd probably have no idea that the hill that is on the left of the frame is almost straight east from where I stood, and the mountains that you can see in the far distance in about the center of the frame are actually south west of where I stood. In this image, the rocks on the left and the rocks on the right of the frame look like they come together where I'm standing. In reality, they run in an almost straight line. I've included a second image of the Jetty for comparison. #10497305

Dale Hardin January 03, 2013

Very interesting shot Jeff. I really like the dedication and work put into this shot. A great lesson in creativity that really inspires me to try to achieve more.

Had it been me, I'd probably have gone about 1/2 as far as you did, so as to retain a bit more reality of the scene. Of the two, I like the other image better.

One thing about the composite that stands out is the obvious distortion resulting in a concave horizon. The other thing is the opposing leading lines into the composition that fight for the viewers attention.

In spite of that, this is definitely something I want to try. I do this often with three images for a pano, but using images horizontally and vertically is a leap that you've inspired me to attempt. #10497423

Debbra Bailey January 03, 2013

Very cool! Thanks for posting the second pic as a reference! #10497680

Beth Spencer January 03, 2013

It is a beautiful shot either way! I like the idea of the vertical panoroma and one day will try it. It is a very interesting effect! Thanks for the reference shot. #10497862

lisa anderson January 04, 2013

That is so cool! Photo-sewing! How long did it take? #10498685

Elaine Hessler January 04, 2013

Very cool indeed! There is an amazing article on the sequoias in the dec issue of national geographic. The front cover is a composite of 120 photos of The President. You can see it come together on the iPad app (my favorite app). Lots of work! And very cool, of course. #10498693

Debbie E. Payne January 04, 2013

You and your amazing creativity, Jeff! I like both images but I think I like the first one best for it's impact.

Elaine -- I will have to go back to my December issue. I don't have the iPad app for NG yet. #10499646

Elaine Hessler January 04, 2013

The NG app is free and so is the magazine through the app if you already have a subscription. I think it opens in "Newstand". There is so much extra it comes to life! #10499751

Peter W. Marks January 05, 2013

Way beyond my creativity Jeff.
"Absolutely spiffing old chap! "(typed with an english, posh accent) #10500365

Jeff E Jensen January 05, 2013

Thanks, all!

Peter - I read all of your comments with and english accent, not sure if I'd call it posh though :o)

Deb - when the Bailey clan makes a stop in Utah this summer, we'll head out here for sunset and some light painting. #10500606

Peter W. Marks January 05, 2013

Oh gosh young Jeff. I have been here twenty years last month but the ladies still ask me to 'just talk' and they sigh. It had me thinking I sounded like Hugh Grant but perhaps I had better watch more Downton Abbey on PBS and practice. #10500835

Teresa H. Hunt January 06, 2013

Beautiful Jeff!!

Humm . . . I think I might try the vertical panorama the next time I go to Larch Mountain :) #10502882

Brandi K. Mills January 07, 2013

Amazing! I really like the low angle! #10504396

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 26, 2013

Very cool! (Had to google it!) Congratulations! #10586866

Dale Hardin February 26, 2013

Congrats old buddy. #10587033

Jeff E Jensen February 26, 2013


Chris - The Spiral Jetty is a pretty unique piece of Utah. By the way, we'll be stopping here on the Phellos trim in June :o) #10587240

Dale Hardin February 26, 2013

ROFL!!! #10587262

JO ANN CLEVELAND February 27, 2013

Ohhhhh...what a fantastic finalist! Big Congratulations

jo ann c.

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 01, 2013

Congratulations, Jeff! #10591235

Beth Spencer March 01, 2013

Congratulations! #10591286

Dale Hardin March 01, 2013

Congratz on the gold Jeff. #10591750

Peggy Pfister level-classic March 01, 2013

Very creative and superbly executed treatment! Congrats on a fantastic winner! #10591810

Elaine Hessler March 01, 2013

Congrats! #10591999

Daniella Puente March 01, 2013

Congratulations! is a WONDERFUL photo #10592116

Rita K. Connell level-classic March 01, 2013

congratulation Jeff, awesome pictures.... #10592239

Donna La Mattino Pagakis March 01, 2013

Artistic and gorgeous Jeff, huge congratulations!!! #10592610

Michele Peterson level-classic March 01, 2013

Wow, this is one of those "should be in a magazine" pictures. Very cool how you stitched it all together, also. Amazing creativity and talent. Congratulations on the great win!! #10592712

Jeff E Jensen March 02, 2013

Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate all of your kind words. #10593064

JO ANN CLEVELAND March 02, 2013

Fabulous! Congratulations on your wonderful 2nd Place GOLD Winner Jeff!

jo ann c. #10593977

Brandi K. Mills March 02, 2013

Congrats on winning! It is deserved! #10594117

Cindy Bendush level-classic March 02, 2013

Awesome! Big congratulations on your gold! #10594141

Jeff E Jensen March 03, 2013

Thank you, everyone! #10594360

Carmody Baker March 06, 2013

A lot of work with a great result. Congratulations Jeff! #10598516

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic March 14, 2013

Couldn't tell that it was a composite, great work, Jeff. CONGRATZ on the Well deserved Gold!

UB. #10609088

Merna L. Nobile March 17, 2013

What a great way to start a new year! Your award winning photographs go from Editor’s Pick to Finalist and hopefully to Gold.
CONGRATULATIONS for the month of January, 2013! #10613150

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