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David Shield
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Landscape Photographer, published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine and featured on Google Chromecast.
Landscape Photographer, published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine and featured on Google Chromecast.

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I took a short break from photographing Arizona, for a family vacation on the Island of Oahu. Although not a photography trip, I did find time to shoot a couple of sunrises and a sunset. If I were photographing Oahu, Makapu’u Beach would be high on the list of places I would visit. I got up at 4:00 a.m. on a couple of mornings, so I could have time to drive here and shoot during sunrise. If you arrive here before dawn, bring a flashlight or headlamp to guide you down the short, but rocky path to this viewpoint.
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*October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month*

During this time of year, I use my images to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If detected early, breast cancer can be beaten, and the life of a friend or loved one can be saved. That life can be even more humble, and in turn, respect and care for other life, including our planet and all of it's creatures.
#grandcanyon #nationalpark #landscapephotography #breastcancerawareness +Breast Cancer Awareness +Landscape Photography Show +PI Photography and Fine Art - Nature and Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography +BTP Landscape Pro +BTP Editors' Choice (Top Photo page) +BTP Daily Highlights the Best Photo +BTP Landscape Pro
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This image was captured at sunset, at one of my favorite lesser known locations, in Sedona. I recently posted a shot from very close to this spot, which was photographed at sunrise. Even though I photographed each shot using different techniques and conditions were not the same, it still amazes me to look at both images and see how very different they look. When it comes to photographing the same subject during sunrise and sunset, I find that not every location can be as giving, but shooting at this particular spot at different times of the day, can provide opportunities to bag a shot at both beginning and end of day.
#sedona #arizona #southwest #landscape +Landscape Photography Show +Landscape Photography +BTP Landscape Pro +Top Photo (BTP) +BTP Editors' Choice (Top Photo page) +BTP Daily Highlights the Best Photo +PI Photography and Fine Art - Nature and Landscape Photography
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I continually monitored updates for wildflower blooms in the fields above Flagstaff, this summer, but it appeared to be a very small blooming season this year, especially in the higher elevations. Even so, I was determined to find some color to photograph during a late summer sunset, so I visited an area close to Sunset Crater, to look for something of interest. While, not the foreground I envisioned, sunset provided some pretty color and light, which made the trip worthwhile.
#landscape #sunset #southwest #arizona +Landscape Photography Show +Landscape Photography +PI Photography and Fine Art - Nature and Landscape Photography +BTP Landscape Pro +BTP Editors' Choice (Top Photo page) +BTP Daily Highlights the Best Photo
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Sedona is known for having countless views of interesting and scenic red rock formations, many of which can be seen after a short walk or even from the road. However, there are also several more rugged and grander views in the Sedona area, which are not witnessed often, due to accessibility. Unfortunately, most of those require highly challenging off-road navigation, just to reach a trailhead. Fortunately, the trailhead which leads into this part of Sedona’s surrounding wilderness, is located next to a well maintained road. After hiking about 2.5 miles with 2000 feet of elevation gain, the reward is this view. However, I must admit that lack of patience, prevented me from setting up at one of the many better foreground options, and with some regret, I ultimately settled for this composition.
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I believe the best way to understand light, is to simply experience it. I decided at the last moment to drive to the South Rim, because of the thunder storm in the area, and having witnessed storm behavior, in this part of the Southwest. When I arrived, the light was completely dull and flat, but seeing high clouds along with broken up lower clouds, I knew there was a good chance that the sun would break through the lower clouds, closer to sunset. About 20 minutes before sunset, the sun broke through, immediately altering and enhancing the canyon details below. I started shooting, capturing several different versions of this scene, all the way through twilight.
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The title of this image is “Navajo Dawn” however, this was taken during sunset. The title is short for dawn of the Navajo, and makes reference to this area being the spiritual birthplace of the Navajo people. This sacred and highly scenic and remote area has been under siege in recent years, because of the proposed Escalade Project. The proposed project included building a resort on the land, as well as a gondola type tram, running from the rim, down to the canyon floor. When asked about the impact this project would have on this sacred land, the head developer stated that there will be 300 feet between the development and the sacred Navajo area, therefore there shall be no impact to the land. Personally, I cannot see how 10,000 people per day, just 300 feet away, would not have a devastating impact on the land, the Navajo people’s culture and the local wildlife.

Earlier this year, the people of the Western Navajo Nation voted unanimously to reject development of this area, which was accepted, resulting in victory for its proud people. This action means that at least for now, this sacred land will continue to be preserved.

As a photographer living in Arizona, this land means a lot to me, both for the importance to its people, and its overwhelming beauty. The journey to this place was more than worth it, as like few others, having the opportunity to capture images from here and being able to witness such a rugged and beautiful setting, has been nothing less than a truly amazing privilege.
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This is another one of my favorite places to photograph Cathedral Rock. I love this lesser known spot, especially after seasonal storms fill several potholes with rain-water, which in-turn create near perfect reflection pools. I shot mostly long exposures of this scene, and came away with several interesting shots. I chose this darkest version, captured just before sunrise, to be my first post from this viewpoint, which will be a regular spot for future workshops. I also plan to shoot here again, at both sunrise and sunset, during this season.
#arizona #southwest #sedona #landscape +Landscape Photography Community +Landscape Photography Show +HQSP Landscape +Landscape Photography +BTP Landscape Pro +BTP Editors' Choice (Top Photo page) +Top Photo (BTP) +Promote Photography +HQSP Promotion
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Late afternoon light, at one of Sedona’s most iconic scenes. I can think of many situations, where I would be excited to shoot here, but very windy conditions, is not one of them. Wind gusts were intermittent, and I was actually able to capture an even longer exposure of this scene, with minimal wind effect. However, wind effect is very evident in this 30-second version, of the shot, but I thought the effect added a mystical element to this image, resulting in a different interpretation of a very special place.
#arizona #southwest #sedona #landscape +Landscape Photography Community +Landscape Photography Show +Landscape Photography +BTP Landscape Pro +HQSP Landscape +BTP Editors' Choice (Top Photo page) +BTP Daily Highlights the Best Photo
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This image is comprised of 13 vertical shots, taken at the very western edge of the Navajo Nation. The result details a stretch of the rugged and beautiful East Rim of the Grand Canyon, not overly photographed, due to ease of access. This area, from about one mile south to one mile north of the Confluence, is currently patrolled by deputized Navajo Park Rangers, who like their ancestors, continue to preserve this sacred place.
#grandcanyon #navajonation #southwest #sunrise #panorama #arizona +GrandCanyonNPS +Landscape Photography Show +Landscape Photography Community +Landscape Photography +BTP Landscape Pro +BTP Editors' Choice (Top Photo page) +BTP Daily Highlights the Best Photo +HQSP Landscape
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