Searching for John Wayne


(Nikon D90, f11, 1/125s)

Here is another image from our trip out west last fall.  Monument Valley was one of John Wayne’s and Director John Ford’s favorite locations for filming westerns.  It’s easy to see why.  While the vastness of many scenes from the Great American Southwest call for a wide angle lens to appreciate the grandeur, I chose a medium focal length of 56mm (84mm equiv.) here because I wanted to focus on these three buttes, which create three strong elements in the shot.

I have more images from this trip and will be sharing them from time to time.

We’d like to invite comments, positive or negative, on any of the images we post here at 2 Guys Photo.  By sharing our photos, we all can learn from our mistakes, appreciate what we’ve done right, and gain from each other’s feedback.

By extension, we’d like to invite you to share your images with us.  Email them to, provide any background info you feel is pertinent, and try to include some shooting data (camera, aperture, shutter speed, etc.).  We’ll post on our site, (giving you full credit of course!!), and see if we can generate some helpful feedback. 

Thanks for stopping by and please tell us what you think.                            – Posted by Ed


About Ed Spadoni "Thoughts and opinions, resources and experiences… for emerging photographers everywhere."
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3 Responses to Searching for John Wayne

  1. 2guysphoto says:

    Love this shot, Ed. The deep orange against the baby blue sky is very distinctly Southwestern U.S.. To the uninitiated, you might suspect an unnatural saturation boost in post processing, but having been there myself, I know that your photo captures the reality of the landscape. The three buttes nicely frame and serve as subjects at the same time.

    Posted by Rey

  2. Beautiful sky/land symmetry and balance in this pretty shot.

  3. Pingback: Shooting the Sunrise: Monument Valley | 2 Guys Photo

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