Morning has Broken

Posted by Craig (Vacaville, California, United States) on 1 May 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is one of the few shots where I can give you a sense of scale. You can see a guy hiking the trail in the lower left corner.

Click here for the beginning of the Death Valley series.

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Wonderful layers of tone and color in this great picture!

1 May 2009 5:23am

Organik Mum from Victoria, Australia

Wow! The colours in this are spectacular Craig! What beautiful terrain! Standing still taking these photos, how did it make you feel?

1 May 2009 5:25am

@Organik Mum: I am overwhelmed by the beauty of Death Valley. That is why I return.

Alun from Cheshire, United Kingdom

you have got to love them shapes, cracking image

1 May 2009 5:49am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

incredible colors !

1 May 2009 7:48am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

There is such sheer magnitude in this image, I would very much like to be on that hiking trail and being able to experience the whole vista

1 May 2009 7:56am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

This is a beautiful place! Makes me want to be there.

1 May 2009 9:42am

@Ana Lúcia: Join us next February for the world's first "Reverse" Photography Workshop in Death Valley!

Hidalgo from Herunen, Finland

Must be big distancies, I guess. Very lovely photo with great variery of color tones.

1 May 2009 9:48am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

absolutely breathtaking - never seen anything like it

1 May 2009 9:50am

Ajay from Pune, India

What a range!!! Never thought such place existed on this earth.

1 May 2009 10:07am

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Stunning shot!

1 May 2009 10:56am

nestor from la réunion, France

colors are always so fantastics !

1 May 2009 11:00am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Beautiful colors! My thought through the whole series was the scale of these beautiful mountains. That is quite some trail!

1 May 2009 11:58am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

The shapes take my breath away, and the varying, very subtle colouring, would make any artist this series of yours, never stop lol

1 May 2009 12:12pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

What a great place! Is that a lonely person I see on the trail in the lower left?
PS: Thanks for yesterday's offer, I'll send you my info later today!

1 May 2009 1:57pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Yes, the guy hiking the trail give a sense of scale.

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

wow...this is amazing ! Colors are stunning !

1 May 2009 2:42pm

Veronica from Bucharest, Romania

this is great Craig, indeed i can see this guy hiking up there, great details and the colours are trully great. you are amazing me with this serial

1 May 2009 3:32pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Stones have incredible colors.

1 May 2009 3:50pm

Stinkbug Photography from Cochise County, United States

There is just something about that light on the Panamints that always brings out the warmth in the foreground. Well done Craig. This is very nice.

1 May 2009 3:56pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Such a beautiful landscape. (I like the song which carries the same title as your image:-)

1 May 2009 4:10pm

@sherri: Me to but it has to be sung by Cat Stevens!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Wow! And I also like the song, which is also a very nice hymn. But then in a way, this scene is a visual prayer. The scale is appreciated, too.

1 May 2009 5:30pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

wunderfull landscape, the tones on the montains are great

1 May 2009 7:40pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Oh my! I was just wondering how far away are you taking this shot from.... That little person you pointed out gives an amazing comparison of how massive those mountains are. Fabulous shot!!!

1 May 2009 8:44pm

@Magda: I really have to thank Michael Rawlik for pointing out my blown out highlights a couple weeks ago. Caused me to recalibrate and I think I'm doing better now. Conventional wisdom says recalibrate every 30 days! Also, it is important to control the color temperature of the room you do your editing in. I'm having difficulty finding a really good article I read on monitor calibration. If I find it, I'll send it to you.

Bookfool from Mississippi, United States

This is such a lovely series - such awesome geology.

1 May 2009 10:22pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

I'm falling in love with this place - anywhere that there is all that space and only one other person in sight (barely). The soft morning light gives this image a feeling of serenity and promise. Lovely.

2 May 2009 12:20am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

A wonderful place for exquisite pictures, great shot!

2 May 2009 2:32am

roentarre from Melbourne, Australia

Truely incredible landscape in deed. Beautiful art

2 May 2009 4:15am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful composition! yes - the different layers of mountains and hills really give a good idea of the scale and perspective covered here! they also contrast nicely between golden tones in the foreground and more reddish ones far away...

2 May 2009 6:44am

Photographs by M.E. from Tustin, United States

There's always so much to learn and so much to amaze on your website, Craig...

The person indeed gave this picture a "massive" sense of scale!

2 May 2009 4:47pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


3 May 2009 12:22pm

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Wow. Without the hiker, one would really have no idea the enormity of these mountains. Great perspective and lighting! Lovely shot.

3 May 2009 1:07pm

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