Photographer's Note

Deserts provided a scenery to many sci-fi movies, Star Wars among them. Dryness and bareness of the rock give that lunar look to landscapes. The lunar feeling is best rendered in black and white. Here in colors I guess we should talk of a martian feeling. The blue sky remains earthly.
Erosion produces fantastic shapes. The 3 feet arch reminded me of the strange waders of Tim Burton Mars attack movie. Erosion is very different from the one that in temperate regions results from rivers passage on rich soils. Water chemistry has only superficial effects here: It fixes and oxydizes salts on rocky surfaces. Still that and time (a lot of time) suffices to produce outstanding arches. Physical erosion is maybe more important in the desert: Important and brutal temperature variations can blow rocks up and sandy winds wear their base away.
It was difficult to find a point of view that isolated the arch, as it is difficult to isolate a tree in a forest. This view is the best I got. It suffered from heavy vignetting (heavier than this one). I took good note of Stephen (singuanti) recommendation relayed by Wes (weswang): I used the burn/dodge tool of PS to fix that flaw.

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Additional Photos by Philippe Remels (premels) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 649 W: 54 N: 515] (2400)
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