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Something a little different today: The combination of pride and humility is strange but good. I’m feeling both as one of my images was chosen to be a part of the Third Edition of the Plus One Collection. This is a photography book — built upon the community created at G+ —  that will feature roughly 285 photos chosen from more than 800 submissions. Net proceeds after printing expenses will go to the Saving Eliza campaign. Eliza O’Neill is a happy 4-year-old who, because of a degenerative genetic disease called Sanfilippo syndrome, may not live into her teens without necessary and expensive treatment.

I submitted for the first two collections and this is the first time I was chosen. I do not submit to many contests or publications so it is meaningful to be accepted when I do.

Details on contributing and/or buying the book and/or poster are here.

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Dead Horse Point Colorado River View


Finishing out this abbreviated week of images from last year’s nXnw trip to the parks around Moab, Utah, here is another of Dead Horse State Park, featuring a pretty clear and direct view of the Colorado River. Most of the views from the top of the point cannot see the water because the canyon is so deep and steep, but there were a few vantage points like this.

Happy weekend everyone.

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  • LensScaperSeptember 9, 2014 - 3:07 am

    What an awesome picture. It looks like you found the perfect viewpoint to capture the river either side of the point and also that curving track at the foot of the image.ReplyCancel

  • Toad Hollow PhotographySeptember 9, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    This is an absolutely breathtaking shot, Mark! Love the colors and the layers at work here, well seen and well captured my friend!ReplyCancel

  • […] Dead Horse Point Colorado River View – this breathtaking piece comes to us from the studio of Mark Garbowski.  Mark’s trip to the area in Utah of last year found him coming across this dramatic landscape that features the Colorado river meandering through canyons carved over the course of eons, revealing layers of color and detail that can only be found in nature. […]ReplyCancel

Fisher Towers

This was supposed to go up yesterday, but I never finished.  Those are Fisher Towers in the front, backed by the white-peaked La Sal Mountains. Taken at the side of the road in the Colorado River Valley in Utah on the way to Moab. My big photo trip for the year is coming up in a few weeks and that has me looking back very fondly back to last year’s Moab nXnw trip.

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Moon Over Dead Horse Point


There is a visual trick that your eyes can play on you, in which you look at a large distant object looming over a scene and make it look even larger and closer than it is. It is something I need to watch out for when shooting landscapes, because the resulting photo does not look nearly as interesting as the eyes made it appear.

That was the case here, and I must admit I restarted to some trickery to present this scene as I saw it.  This is Dead Horse Point in the Utah state park of the same name, with an artificially enlarged moon. I usually eschew this sort of manipulation, and am generally opposed to it, but I could not resist doing so here. I have been playing with this image on and off for over a year, trying to get something that was as interesting as what I saw, but it never worked.  The funny thing is, now that I’ve done it I’m happier with the original. Maybe I’ll show it later this week.

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  • LensScaperSeptember 6, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    To my mind this is a dramatic successful landscape, Mark. Simple as that. But then I have a purely objective view and no prior knowledge of the place. I also wouldn’t have known the moon was ‘enlarged’.

    I recently visited a photographic exhibiton in London, where most of the images were broadly in the ‘minimalist’ genre of landscape – and very successful they were too. This too has a minimalist feel to it and that is what I think makes it work. There is a beauty to it – it’s wild, it’s desolate, but it is also strangely intimate. And the light fires it up.ReplyCancel



I walked across the Williamsburg Bridge yesterday evening for the first time. It was a beautiful evening and I timed it perfectly for golden hour, although this shot doesn’t take advantage of it.

This is an iPhone shot,. I processed it to look like this after I crossed the bridge and hopped on the subway. Then, for some reason, I started over in Aperture and recreated the exact same look using that program.

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