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Brian Klimowski | all galleries >> Those Other Special Galleries... >> Return to the Wave, Nov. 18 > Wave2-1.jpg
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Nov 18, 2003


Coyote Buttes, Arizona

This was one of the very special places that I missed the first time I visited the Wave, and I wanted to be sure to capture it this time around. I knew from my research that the best light was late afternoon/evening, after the hill in the background fell into shadow. Unfortunately, the best light is near sunset (in the Winter) - and you have about a 1.5 hour walk back to the trailhead. You can't wait too long for the light to be 'perfect' or else you'll need a good flashlight and sense of direction to find yourself home! Anyway, I reached this location about an hour prior to when this image was taken (4:00 PM), and tested out all possible perspectives - this was among my favorites. One of the unique aspects of this spot at the time of this visit was the pond which was present (seen here in the lower left part of the image), which, along with the darkeness of the hill in the backround - almost gives this 'wave' the feeling that it's floating, or suspended in the negative space. It keeps you off-balance until you see the cracks in the rock on the upper-right part of the scene...which appear (to me) to solidify the image immensely. Without the inclusion of these cracks, this scene hangs uncomfortably. Only minor saturation/contrast adjustments made in Photoshop - otherwise this is very much as it was taken.

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Karl Gohl14-Mar-2007 22:41
You have many excellent shots and the commentary on the shots in this gallery is very insightful and useful. Thank you very much for sharing both the pictures and commentary.
Mark Rutter26-Aug-2005 18:05
All the images are amazing but this has to be my favorite with the darkness and those simply amazing patterns in the foreground.
alex ringer09-Mar-2004 09:37
Centuries of wind storms have passed by to create this beautiful phenomena of sand stone folds flowing softly and drive you into the picture through the artist's lens. This is the closest thing of being there yourself.
ezra 17-Feb-2004 15:19
You have a very good eye for beauty. This is very very amazing :)
Pinimage 13-Feb-2004 14:08
Strong feel of motion in this image.
I like it !
Anna Yu23-Jan-2004 03:39
Wonderful play with light.
Joy 22-Jan-2004 20:46
Brian, you did great job, both the picture and your comments! I love this picture, especially the idea of 'floating' as you mentioned. I couldn't breath when I felt the 'floating'. Thank you.