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Delicate Arch

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 5 January 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

The Twelfth Day of Christmas
"Just to be is a blessing;
just to live is holy."
Abraham Joshua Heschel

Kaylin Idora from New Orleans, United States

Yes, just to live is holy. Especially when we get to view amazing works of nature such as this!!

When I first saw this I thought it was ice :) Wonderful effect!!

5 Jan 2009 5:31am

@Kaylin Idora: It's what I call fake infrared. (We were there super early in the morning; no-one else was there for over 30 minutes. It was wonderful. Later in the day, it looked like the Chilkoot Pass during the gold rush.)

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

Oh my, my eyes are playing tricks on me. My first impression, I thought I was looking at an ice sculpture. Magnificent BW tonal quality.

5 Jan 2009 5:35am

@Suzanne: As I mentioned to Kaylin, it's fake infrared. I ran it through Nik's Silver Efex Pro. It's a lot of fun to play around with that stuff.

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

May be a white too much white in the clouds but a so nice composition !!!

5 Jan 2009 6:26am

roentarre from Melbourne, Australia

Nature can reall present in various ways. Beautiful art here!

5 Jan 2009 7:17am

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

very cool indeed -- a wonderful trick of the eyes!! gorgeous -- i thought it was ice too!

5 Jan 2009 7:29am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

This white just pops.

5 Jan 2009 10:13am

Marcah from Quincy, United States

Very nice. I want to say infrared.

5 Jan 2009 10:58am

Veronelle from Lens, France

superb ice composition

5 Jan 2009 11:59am

zOOm from Paris, France

Ice like cristal... nature can make such wonders ! It's truly a gorgeous icy landscape ! Thanks for sharing this beauty ! And what a clever idea for the infra-red... makes a perfect illusion ! Unforgettable !

5 Jan 2009 12:10pm

Olivier Jules from Lanciano, Italy

magnificent composition and wise management of lighting

5 Jan 2009 12:33pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

For me, the lighting is exquisite, providing contrast in the clouds from light to dark and accentuating the transparency of the ice. Utterly beautiful

5 Jan 2009 1:51pm

Eleftheria! from Athens, Greece


5 Jan 2009 2:31pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States


5 Jan 2009 2:34pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Magnifique image! On dirait de la glace! Très beaux contrastes!

5 Jan 2009 3:07pm

laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Beautiful !!!

5 Jan 2009 3:24pm

Pradeep from Chennai, India

Nice...looks like a snow sculpture :)

5 Jan 2009 3:26pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

incredible pic, wonderful and perfect

5 Jan 2009 3:44pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An unusual view of this icon. Nice work.

5 Jan 2009 4:37pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France

magnificent lighting and composition

5 Jan 2009 4:45pm

k@ from Paris, France

Wow, the transparence is fabulous here, and the pp gorgeous work ! So great to have fun with those tools !

5 Jan 2009 5:45pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

WOW this is so cool the infrared really makes it look like an ice formation, this is so cool

5 Jan 2009 6:24pm

Knut Magne from Hamar, Norway

Great scene and good composition. Brave after treatment, bad that the sky was so powerful burned out.

5 Jan 2009 7:22pm

@Knut Magne: Because the sky was so blown out, I never intended this to be a keeper. It was an opportunity to play with Silver Efex Pro. I posted it to show what can be done.

Jean-François from LES ISSAMBRES, France

admirable !

5 Jan 2009 7:46pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Fantastic B&W... your composition is excellent .

5 Jan 2009 9:23pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

I am a big fan of experimenting with black and white toning. Very well done. I thought it was an ice cave!

5 Jan 2009 9:44pm

Mary from PA, United States

I like this a lot. I'm a big fan of infrared. I hope to someday get another camera to have converted for infrared use only. Someday : )

5 Jan 2009 9:44pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Unusual post-treatment for this well known and incredible arch. Looks like ice, indeed...

5 Jan 2009 10:00pm

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

This is absolutely luminous - a wonderful composition.

5 Jan 2009 10:02pm

Alivia from France

Une photo aux infra-rouges..John tu vas toujours nous étonner, on croit une photo en négatif et puis non, c'est très curieux et change la donne habituelle, mais l'effet est fantastique, on croirait une image d'un autre monde, super réussite, bravo à toi .

5 Jan 2009 11:45pm

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Simply outstanding!

6 Jan 2009 2:27am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Fantastic! Yes, the clouds are a little blown out, but with the processing you've done, it all works.

6 Jan 2009 4:52am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States


6 Jan 2009 10:21am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I missed this one yesterday....It's so beautiful, so other worldly and even a bit surreal. Perhaps a world made of ice...perhaps it's on the way.

7 Jan 2009 4:38am

chinalandscape from China

The ice image is very fresh to me with its curve shape. Well done!

12 Jan 2009 12:28pm

baobab from Cambridge, United States

very spooky - thanks for posting this and the original along with some notes on your pp.

17 Jan 2009 5:27pm