One of my favorite places down here is the Valley of Gods. It doesn’t have the same mittens or formations as seen on 17 mile loop but it does have a certain tranquility to it. The light bounces around from one side of the canyon to the other and creates drama between the clouds and their shadows. The road itself is a lot of fun not only to shoot but also to be launched out of your seat, Dad made that happen a couple of times.
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Images captured with D3, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm 2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film
Another killer area just a few miles north of Monument Valley is the Valley of the Gods. This is another great loop with great clouds to go with the formations. I just loved it. The whole area was a lot quieter than 17 mile loop which made it rather eerie. The formations were much more narrow and taller which also fascinated me since it was only a few miles away there were no formations followed Monument Valley.
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Shooting in the valley was pretty simple, drive get out with the D3 and 24-70AF-S, -.5 exposure compensation and have fun. Something exciting about having that camera on the lap driving down the road. Almost like you’re chasing the image down, it’s a race to the finish. With the clouds moving as fast as they were, it was a fast race.
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Images captured with D3, 24-70 AF-S, on Lexar UDMA Film