"Beam Me Up!"  © Stephen W. Oachs
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(@Jennybear) Jenny Stevens said:April 20th, 2015 (7:23am) PDT
Talk about a perfect photo for The Spotlite Award !
(@Brian) Brian Paust said:January 28th, 2015 (10:27pm) PST
Dramatic photo. I visited the area years ago when I was a kid...but we were not able to enter the various structures.
@stephenoachs replied: Thanks @Brian! This is one of just a very few that you are allowed to enter.
(@MitchG) Michel Gagnon said:November 15th, 2014 (5:55am) PST
Wonderful photo and info...Stephen....great shot...nice work...
(@Marthe) marthe said:November 13th, 2014 (3:26am) PST
Great shot
(@ramonachiassongmailcom) Ramona Chiasson said:November 12th, 2014 (8:08am) PST
wonderful work..Steven
(@MonicaE2) MonicaE2 said:November 12th, 2014 (5:35am) PST
Wow, ditto...great info!
(@MarkRobinson) Mark Robinson said:November 12th, 2014 (5:15am) PST
Amazing shot Stephan........great info also.

Stephen W. Oachs

Here's an image I captured during my recent 3-day backpacking trip through Grand Gulch on the Cedar Mesa Plateau, Utah.

This is at a location known as "Perfect Kiva"...a 1,000+ year old Anasazi ruin. I arrived late morning and the sun was on a perfect angle to enter the kiva opening (I am in the kiva, underground).

Before you ask, yes the light beam is real -- this not PhotoShop trickery...this is a simple technique known as the Tyndall effect...remember as a kid in school when you clapped the chalkboard erasers together in front of the movie projector you could see the light...same idea except I tossed up sand from the floor of the Kiva.

No HDR...single frame. Goes to show just how much dynamic range the Canon 5D3 has! If you ride the edge of your histogram shadows you can indeed pull a dramatic amount of detail out of what appears to be pure black.

Uploaded: Nov 11th, 2014 (7:25pm)
Category: Landscape
Camera: Canon 5D3

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