A Room With A View | Released October 1, 2010 | This alcove isn't listed on many maps, and the route there isn't well marked. It's fifty to a hundred feet down from the rim of the canyon, yet many hundred feet above the valley floor. Historians aren't sure who built the kiva, only that it was sometime between when the Ancestral Puebloans lived at Mesa Verde and likely before European settlers came to America. This site is on protected land, so despite the view no Condos will be crowding in to share the view. This is a well-hidden gem in one of the most beautiful and remote places I've hiked.
Field notes from Michael:
This is not an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image. This is a single digital image with a gradient black filter at the top of the frame to tone down the brightness of the sky and clouds and better reveal the kiva in the alcove. I also used one of Ansel Adams' favorite darkroom tools, the dodge, to pull some highlights in the foreground. I used the Carl Zeiss 21mm Distagon prime lens at this location. I waited nearly an hour for the sun to hit the clouds just right; the light lasted only long enough to get a couple images before clouds blocked the light for the rest of the daylight. The sequence of my originals shows grey clouds, grey clouds, pink edges, GREAT LIGHT, grey clouds, grey clouds... you get the idea. I stayed long after sunset hoping for another glimpse of that great light, but it never came.
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