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Panorama of the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River, Arizona. 20th March 2009

7 Responses to “Panorama of the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River, Arizona.”

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    joshi daniel:

    what a great shot! nice work and loved the tone too!

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    Hi! It´s a amazing photo!
    Sorry for my english. I´m spanish.
    I like your web and your photos, they are all beautiful.
    Thank you for follow us in Twitter! :)

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    Andrea M. Rotondo:

    Fantastic photo! I love how the depth really pulls you in. Thanks for sharing!

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    Wow – Stunning.

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    I have been struggling with color profiles too. The first thing you must realize is that most browsers don\'t use the embedded color profiles (IE, Firefox, etc, only Safari). The new FF3 càn use profiles but ONLY if the user manually enables it, which 98% of the users don\'t do.

    I posted a message about it here:
    which continues the discussion about the difference between the two profiles and how to get a good looking sRGB version from your LR/ProPhotoRGB one.

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    Could you please post what kind of pre and post processing you\'ve done to get to here (in above picture)?


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    Hi Srujan, it was a long process as my laptop choked on the gigabyte file all the time :-P

    Please see this interview on ImageKind , where I explain a bit more about this image.

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • (c) Harry Kikstra,
  • 2009:02:27 16:06:06
Panorama of the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River, Arizona.

The story behind "Panorama of the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River, Arizona."

More impressive than the Grand Canyon is this Horse-shoe-shaped cutout that the Colorado river made in the Arizona earth.

The colours and sense of scale are wonderful, I tried to capture this in a series of 5 images, merged together, as even the 16mm Wideangle could not capture the grandeur.
Dreamy, impressive place, Nature at its best.

If you want to find out where the two people, the boat and the house are on this image, or just want to loose yourself in the scenery, you can order it as a large print on my Landscapes Gallery here; it can be printed at’s massive size easily (though it will then be too big for their framing).

Stitched together using 5 RAW images from my 5D Mark II, shot at ISO 400, 27mm, F14, 1/100

PS: I had added the following originally:
“This small version/preview does not do justice to the image and the scenery. I guess that some info was lost when I downsized this 300mb Tiff file :)”
I just reuploaded the file as the original was in the Prophoto RGB color profile and only Safari would show it properly (and tweaked FireFox as well). With the current Adobe sRGB colourspace, all browsers should show the same and now the print you will receive when rdering an enlargement will resemble the above much better.

Thanks to the ImageKind community for some insights and discussions, see the thread here on the forum, where I just posted this comment:

“Hmm, many hours, 50 websites, several terabytes and one migraine later, I think it is starting to dawn on me.

Guess I will have to convert and re-upload less vibrant images (8-bit sRGB) so at least they are represented well and buyers get what they see, independent of browser.

Some day I will have time to write it up, for now, here are some useful links which might help others:

Flickr discussion about sRGB, Prophoto, Calibration
About FireFox secret ICCV settings which will be official in – FF3.5 (right now they misrepresent Colour profiles, beware!

Excellent overview with examples on website of lightRoom plugin developer.

– : free photoviewer that is not only much faster than Vista’s, but also supports colour profiles.
–  About Colour management in LightRoom

Hope this helps others. Still would like some IK response, guess I will Tweet them now (follow me here:

Cheers, Harry aka ExposedPlanet

Ps: I just re-uploaded the image (now sRGB) that started this discussion: the HorseShoe Bend of the Colorado River on Much more as intended now, though it does miss some oompf from the Prophoto version in LightRoom. Comments welcome!

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