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Dusk In The Valley | by MikeJonesPhoto
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Dusk In The Valley

Here's one from Monument Valley a few weeks ago. I know this exact spot has been photographed about a billion times, so I figured to make it a little different than most shots, I'd try one at dusk instead of the usual sunrise or sunset view. It was almost completely dark. You can see the headlight streaks in the background from the cars coming out of the valley. It took about 10 attempts to get this shot. The exposures were all 30 seconds or more. Every single exposure would get destroyed somehow. Usually just before the shutter closed someone would come driving down the road and their headlights would shine on the rocks in the foreground and destroy the exposure. Or, some idiot would take a flash photo, and kill my exposure. Oh, and there was this one asshole guy who kept climbing right out on these rocks right when we were in the middle of shooting. Excuse me!!! Do you not think that if two people are standing there with their cameras on tripods that maybe they might be trying to take a picture! Idiot!


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Taken on August 17, 2009