At the Crossing - The Rock III

© randy dannheim

At the Crossing - The Rock III

Uploaded: February 06, 2007


This one is for my friend Bill Wyatt. aperture = F/25, shutter = 1 second, lens = Tamron 28-75 @ 47mm, location = Red Rock Crossing,Sedona, AZ. 3221Bogen/remote release -1/3exp.comp. Polorizer + ND .3, replaced sky in PS 7 Layers, clone, healing, blur tool.


February 06, 2007

Gorgeous!!!! What can I of the best landscapes I have ever seen...breath taking!! Good Job! #601161

Janine Russell level-deluxe February 06, 2007

Randy, excellent colors, detail, clarity, exposure, lighting and DOF. #3920448

Robert K. Bemus level-classic February 06, 2007

Wow!!! #3920468

Colette M. Metcalf February 07, 2007

This is gorgeous, Randy!! #3920872

Grace Watts February 07, 2007

Awesome capture! #3921177

GianAngelo Monchieri level-classic February 07, 2007

A amazing sunset and nice composition. Wish I were there. Best compliments #3921549

Candice C. Calhoun level-deluxe February 07, 2007

Fabulous landscape...I know Bill will love it!

ccc #3921647

Christina C. Moore February 07, 2007

Nice moody sky. Beautiful work! #3922081

Jessica Jenney February 07, 2007

Stunningly beautiful, Randy! #3923001

Erica Murphy level-deluxe February 07, 2007

This took my breath away Randy! AWESOME!!!

Erica #3923233

Bill Wyatt February 07, 2007

Wow Randy this is beautiful! Thanks I do appreciate it. The sky is fantastic and so is the scenery!! Terrific job!! #3923257

Nadya Johnson February 07, 2007

Wow! This is SPECTACULAR!! Love the lighting. Love that stormy sky! Incredibly dramatic! Great work, Randy! #3923310

Orsi February 07, 2007

So beautiful!!Wonderful job,Randy!!Love it!! #3923342

randy dannheim February 07, 2007

Thank you Cara, Janine, Robert, Colette, Grace, Monchieri, Candice, Christina, Jessica, Erica, Nadya and Bill Wyatt who convinced me to replace the sky in this image and then was unselfish enough to tell me how. Thanks Bill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #3923345

Claudia Kuhn level-classic February 07, 2007

Beautiful scene Randy! Love those red rocks! #3923416

Robert R. Goodman February 07, 2007

My friend,thats most beautiful sky I've ever seen over the rocks.Wonderful effects,and a winner!!!!! #3923433

Melissa G. Meiselman February 07, 2007

WOOOOOOOW the colors in this image are beautiful and the scene is exquisite with wonderfully sharp focus and beautifully composed, Randy!! #3923641

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict February 08, 2007

Lovely colours and composition here Randy, great work on the effects...Dominick #3924352

Ronald F. Fischer February 08, 2007

Holy Cow; can you spell WINNER!! #3925933

Mitch Spence level-classic February 08, 2007

Just extraordinarily beautiful. #3926328

randy dannheim February 08, 2007

I really appreciate your comments Claudia, Robert, Melissa, Dominick, Ronald, and Mitch. #3926424

Remi Trepanier February 08, 2007

Amazing shot Randy! Perfect sky, lighting and colors!!! Awesome effect in the river!! #3926436

John Connolly February 08, 2007

WOW! What a stunning presentation Randy! Fantastic effects!! #3926463

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic February 08, 2007

Fantastic capture. Awesome colors and scene. Love your photos. #3927488

Derek D. Dafoe February 09, 2007

Fantastic image Randy, super PhotoShop too !! #3929487

cheryl m. phillips February 09, 2007

Just beautiful!
Gorgeous colors..
Wonderful job!
~cp #3929521

Erin Appelbaum February 10, 2007

Randy, How can I compete with this? This is absolutely gorgeous. #3932196

Terri L. Scribner February 10, 2007

What else can be said? Outstanding landscape!! #3932230

randy dannheim February 10, 2007

Thank you Rimi, John, Kay, Derek, Cheryl, Peter, and Terri. #3932562

Glenn E. Urquhart February 10, 2007

Absolutely Stunning Image, Randy!!! Like the layers of color, lighting, contrast, WELL Composed and quite beautiful!! VERY Well Done! Cheers, Glenn. #3932648

Zenon Toczek February 10, 2007

Just super!
zenon #3933752

Steven M. Siwek February 10, 2007

wow. the beauty of Arizona is truly awesome, and you have a great talent for capturing its glory. Great job #3934818

Dirkje Diana Fem. Reuvekamp February 16, 2007

Wonderful..The colours are very nice..i like this picture very much..
Dirkje;) #3954581

Stephanie Thibaudeau February 27, 2007

Hi Randy!
Oh wow, this is soooo stunning! It has captured the beauty of Sedona! Great job!!! :-) #4004556

randy dannheim February 27, 2007

Thank you Glenn, Zenon, Steven, Dirkje, and Stephanie! #4004620

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic March 22, 2007

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist. Good luck in the next round. #4084293

randy dannheim March 22, 2007

Thank you Kay #4084476

Shawn Jennings March 23, 2007

Congratulations on your finalist Randy! #4086829

Stephanie Thibaudeau March 23, 2007

Congrats Randy on your beautiful finalist!! #4086974

Rachel McKinnie March 23, 2007

Congrats on this awesome finalist, Randy!!! #4086985

randy dannheim March 23, 2007

Thank you Shawn, Stephanie, and Rachel. #4087131

Mitch Spence level-classic March 23, 2007

Kudoes again, Randy, for this beautiful shot. Congrats. #4087437

randy dannheim March 23, 2007

thank you Mitch! #4087582

Carol Teal March 23, 2007

Wow, another one! Congrats on your finalist! This is beautiful. I love the feeling of depth, and the beauty of this place makes me wish I could see it! #4087706

randy dannheim March 23, 2007

Thank you Carol. #4087897

Sue L. Cullumber March 23, 2007

Randy - Gorgeous comp. and colors! This is great - congrats! #4090033

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic March 24, 2007

Randy, Congratulations on your beautiful second place winner. #4093984

randy dannheim March 24, 2007

Thank you Kay and Sue. #4094000

Janine Russell level-deluxe March 24, 2007

Randy, congratulations on your Second Place Win. #4094248

Jesus M. Salazar March 25, 2007

Congratulations on this beautiful second place winner Randy!!!
Jesus #4094591

Sharon Day level-classic March 25, 2007

Simply gorgeous, Randy!!! Congratulations! #4095224

randy dannheim March 25, 2007

Thank you Janine, Jesus, Sharon, and thank you Bill Wyatt who deserves at least half of this win. Most of all Thank you BETTER PHOTO for giving us this wonderful place to share our craft. #4095477

AMALIA Veralli March 25, 2007

Great winning image!! Congratulations!! #4096105

Karamatullah Danyal March 25, 2007

Beautiful DA Randy, I like how you modified the background to match the front. Congratulations on a fine win. #4096237

Carol Teal March 25, 2007

Congrats on your beautiful winner Randy!! #4096272

Bill Wyatt March 25, 2007

Congratulations Randy this is so beautiful. I knew it was going to be a winner!!! #4096281

randy dannheim March 25, 2007

Thank you Amalia, Karamatullah, Carol and Bill. #4096442

Mary Timman March 26, 2007

Beautifully made. Congratulations. It's beautiful! #4098344

Jennifer L. Skrutsky March 26, 2007

this picture is AMAZING!!! #4098982

Robert R. Goodman March 26, 2007

A big Congratulations My friend.It is truly a beautiful image!!!!! #4100307

randy dannheim March 26, 2007

Thank you Mary, Jennifer and Robert. #4100901

Colette M. Metcalf March 27, 2007

Congratulations to you Randy!! #4101599

Claudia Kuhn level-classic March 27, 2007

Gorgeous view and scene Randy, wonderful image congrats on your win! #4103912

randy dannheim March 27, 2007

Thank you Colette, and Claudia #4104373

Larry L. Redmon level-classic March 28, 2007

Congratulations Randy. Great Job! #4106941

Patrick R. McMullen April 04, 2007

Congratulations! Great color on it and the sky is very nice too.
Pat #4130226

April 15, 2007

I can't agree with all the previous comments. The first thing I thought when I opened this picture was 'that sky really looks fake'. And it was. In my opinion, if you can't capture the scene adequately at the time of exposure, at least make your manipulation convincing. Mainly, it is the border between sky and earth that is a bit obvious... #4170405

Mick Burkey April 16, 2007

A wonderful work of art, Randy. And well deserving of the second place win.

BTW, I couldn't disagree more with Dan C. The first thing I thought when opening this picture was "how dramatic". It's obvious you are making art, not simply documenting a moment. That's what photojournalists do, IMO. I trust there is room for both here at BP. And while I agree that you want the manipulations to be convincing, that, too, is a subjective decision made by the artist about what was his/her vision and the viewer on what they see.

Keep up the good work, Randy. It is appreciated. #4174162

April 16, 2007

Well Mick, sure we are making art. However, there are certain basic guidelines that need to be followed in order to produce a convincing image. Most people on this site typically offer nothing more by way of comments than 'awesome photo!', which is pretty useless in terms of improving our photography through constructive critiques. Look at the clouds in this picture: the sun is obviously setting BEHIND the mountains if you were to take this photo at face value, and thus the light in the foreground is completely incongruous with the digitally inserted sky. Agreed that most people wouldn't pick up on this, but I did, and thought the effect was quite displeasing. Randy, keep up the good work, the desert scenes in your gallery are great - much better when you stick to reality in my humble opinion. #4174288

randy dannheim April 16, 2007

I am flattered that my image is receiving this much attention. I really didn't think it was all that good myself. Thank you Mick for your wonderful defense and by the number of winners (first place x 2 and your many finalist) your opinion of my work is welcomed. And for you, Mr. Dan C. yours is welcome too. It takes many differing taste to make up a site like BP. From a purrest point of view this image doesn't hold water, because of what you pointed out so observently. I didn't intend this image to make sense.
I was at the rock on an overcast morning and the light was purfect for capturing the water and surrounding color because of the defused light which allowed for the slow shutter speed. When I posted this image, Bill Wyatt (another BP member) stated that this was a great winning image if it only had a more dramatic sky. This was my very first attempt at replacing a sky. Because it was a sky from Tuscon facing East at Sunset I knew the light wouldn't match the rock facing South at 8AM in the morning. The colors worked so well, I decided to use it anyway. That is why I entered it into DIGITAL DARKROOM - get it - NO RULES. I welcome your comments, I was surprised that it won myself, but it did and it was because like Bill said, it need a new sky. I entered the original image also, nobody noticed but Bill. Thank you Bill for your Critiqe and suggestion that ended in a winning image. Dan thank you also, it looked fake to me too, because it was! as I stated in my comment on the image. #4175883

Jim Britt July 28, 2007

Fantastic shot. Obviously a lot of comments here already but I was looking thru your shots, I like this one....I've tried getting this one myself but not nearly as nice as how you have captured it.

My wife and I got married here. Wonderful place. Great job. #4571693

Ken Slade August 03, 2007

Stunning photo with amazing colors, light, and clarity. Congratulations! #4598643

Patricia Ronan August 13, 2007

Beautiful colours and scenery. Congratulations on your Win:) #4640081

Steven E. Ray September 03, 2007

Your Sedona photos are mesmerizing! Your talent behind the camera is self-evident :) This one is just amazing... #4739008

Bart Aldrich September 06, 2007

This is one of the better pix of Sedona I've seen. Did one show there last year but didn't have time to shoot, but want to yet.
You are a super star here I think with all those wonderful shots and awards. Congrats and thanks for your comment on mine!
Bart A #4754320

randy dannheim September 06, 2007

Thank you Jim, Kim, Patricia, Steven, and Bart. #4755224

Eugenio Diaz September 17, 2007

Hi Randy, Thank you so much for the tip, and the image is awesome. Congratulations on your win, and your gallery is excellent!
Eugenio #4801858

Joseph M. Muench level-classic March 08, 2008

Absolutely beautiful image Randy. I just keep looking at it!
-Joe #5613003

randy dannheim March 08, 2008

Thank you Joe. #5613640

Audrey K. Kanekoa-Madrid February 19, 2009

This is sooo beautiful! Thank you for posting :) #7184236

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