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Rock of Ages by Matthew Kadey
Saturday, 21st February 2009

Rock of Ages

by Matthew Kadey

I captured this time-honored scene in Monument Valley just before sunset. It was not till I converted it to B&W did I really notice the interesting light rays over the rear left mitten. I guess that would have been a cool shot as well.
Equipment: Canon 20D Sigma 24-70mm
Matthew Kadey
Canadian-based writer, dietitian and photographer who suffers from chronic wanderlust.

Rock of Ages by Matthew Kadey was photo of the day on Saturday, 21st February 2009. It is tagged , . You can leave a comment below.


21st February 2009 at 2:09 am

WOW Matthew. This is spectacular! One of the very best we have seen of Monument Valley. The rays are fantastic as the background. Love the wispy clouds and we believe you made a perfect choice in converting it to black and white. Gives it a more dramatic impact. Beautiful, beautiful job. Congratulations on this well deserved POTD!!

21st February 2009 at 2:13 am

Mr Kadey has captured a stunning scene from the beautiful state of Arizona. He should return in mid March when the High Sonoran Desert explodes in it’s Spring time colors THANKS for your efforts.

21st February 2009 at 2:37 am

You have given new life to a setting I have seen before – but never like this.


21st February 2009 at 3:39 am

This is way cool. I love b&w, but I like the real film. Your photo was taken from a distance and still looks sharp. Good show you truly did a beautiful job. EZ


21st February 2009 at 7:47 am

Those rays are really cool. Specially due to the fact that they seem to come from the opposite direction of the light. One gets the illusion that there is an impending sunrise i.e. the source of the light is below the horizon, when actually the sun is behind the camera.

21st February 2009 at 9:00 am

very nice desaturated image. I like the way the light falls onto the right subjects. great image.


21st February 2009 at 9:02 am

Beautiful Photo and equally suitable title!

21st February 2009 at 9:40 am

The light rays make this picture unusual; thanks for sharing.


21st February 2009 at 9:41 am

b & W doesnt do it for me on this one, would liked to have seen the colour version. Neverthe less I can see the beauty in a great shot congrats.


21st February 2009 at 10:02 am

nice pic; the light is really wonderful!

planet lover

21st February 2009 at 2:15 pm


21st February 2009 at 3:23 pm

Impressive shot, indeed! Those light rays you mention are named anti-crepuscular rays. I do really like the composition. Congratulations!

Sue Gagnon

21st February 2009 at 4:25 pm

This is a wonderful and interesting shot, complete with the capture of those sun rays. I love the B&Ws anyway, but this is masterful. Excellent shot, truly.


21st February 2009 at 5:22 pm

You captured the beauty of a magical place. Thanks!

Mandy Kilpatrick

21st February 2009 at 5:33 pm

This is such a crisp and fascinating shot! The black and white is perfect here for bringing out all the details and the overall timeless, ageless emotions and mood eminating from these formations!! Congratulations on your great POTD!!

21st February 2009 at 7:40 pm

I’v seen it in coller but this is nice as well

21st February 2009 at 8:03 pm

This would be wonderful at sunrise as well.Great shot!

22nd February 2009 at 3:55 pm

I’ve been there but didn’t capture it as well as you did. Awesome lighting!

23rd February 2009 at 2:22 am

Great timing – the rays really add to the atmosphere. Classic and beautiful!

Katherine Lee Strassburg

23rd February 2009 at 3:08 am

Wonderful image! Ansel Adams would be impressed.
These are anticrepuscular rays, which appear at sunset and seem to converge at a point opposite the setting sun. I’ve seen them a few times here in Michigan, but they definitely are most impressive with the vast desert as a playing field. B & W really makes a statement here.

27th February 2009 at 12:48 am

B&W sure make this very dramatic. Well done.


9th March 2009 at 1:34 pm

I believe it needs a little bit of more contrast, but otherwise the rays add to the photo very well!

7th December 2009 at 7:48 pm

Looks very cool in black and white.

21st February 2010 at 12:44 pm



21st February 2010 at 7:14 pm

great b/w! :)


25th February 2010 at 8:51 am

Having another look today, nice shot but still not covinced about the b/w on this one.


25th February 2010 at 3:54 pm

also like the rays in the background too!

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