Coronado National Monument: AZ

Coronado National Monument, south of Sierra Vista AZ, right on the Mexican border, is one of those little, lightly visited gems of the National Park Service. We visited twice in our 7 days in Sierra Vista, and on both trips had the visitor’s center to ourselves. We saw no other hikers either day on extensive hikes on the wonderful trails. This is a view from the actual monument, a short steep climb up from a parking lot at the top of the long, well graded road that runs up and over a high pass. Ours was the only car in the parking lot. We are looking north west here, along the west side of the Huachucas, on the other side of the pass. Mexico is right behind us. 

It was a stormy day in the valleys around Sierra Vista, and there was a good deal of moisture…some haze…in the air, and that effected the shot. This kind of haze, however, is a natural part of the scene during the August monsoon in Arizona, and, to me, does not detract from the view.

Taken at the wide end of the zoom (31mm equiv.) of the Sony H9. F5.6 @ 1/640th @ ISO 80. Programed Auto.

In Lightroom, I did try to deal somewhat with the haze. Recovery was used, along with Clarity and Vibrance, and I reduced the luminosity of the blue color band (the most scattered by haze). Sharpen Landscape preset.

Some have criticized this shot as having no center of attention. What caught my eye, and still catches it, is the play of light and shadow over the foothills and mountains: the great dark mass of rock overhanging the slopes.

From the Cochise County Gallery.

1 Response to “12/8/2008”

  1. 1 tuulenhaiven
    12/15/2008 at 3:24 pm

    I definitely like this shot – I think of it as a “vista” shot, where the whole point is to be drawn back and back and back, which the angle of the mountains does quite well. I’m really enjoying the descriptions of what you do to tweak the photos in Lightroom – and am getting increasingly jealous!

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