Photographer's Note

Location: This is Horseshoe Bend located near the city of Page, Arizona. A short hike will take you from the parking area, just off Highway 89, to this magnificent viewpoint. The river down below is the Colorado just after it leaves Lake Powell through the Glen Canyon Dam. There are no guard rails, and in order to be able to photograph the entire bend in the river you have to get right up to the edge of some pretty high cliffs. Many people will lie an their stomach while they take pictures. Here's an example of that.

About the Photo: It had been raining all morning, but we were determined to hike out to Horseshoe Bend. Just as we pulled up the parking area it stopped raining. We hiked out and spent an hour taking pictures, then headed back to the car. Just as we got inside the car it started raining again, HARD! Now that’s what I call lucky.
This was my second visit to Horseshoe Bend. I had come the year before, but this visit had a lot more greenery. It had been a very wet winter and spring in Arizona this particular year, and everywhere you went the desert was green and lush. Especially down by Phoenix, as you can see in this picture from the same trip.

UPDATE: May 10, 2006
Post Processing: I thought I would add an explanation about the post processing, just in case anyone is interested. First I used levels to brighten the scanned image (simply because after scanning a slide it looks pretty dark). Then I increased the saturation by +10, for the same reason. Then I resized and sharpened it.
The metallic blue sheen on the river is due to the skies reflection. The darker areas are where the dark rain clouds cast their shadows. The high contrast in this image is the result of using Velvia slide film. Any post processing I due is simply an attempt at making the scanned image look like the original slide. Being the Photoshop novice that I am, some times this is easier said than done.
Thanks for the critiques. I appreciate your opinions.
Regards, Ryan

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