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Close Encounters

Posted by
Jason Politte (Conway, AR, United States) on 18 July 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Devil's Tower, the landmark featured in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, seen with cloud-to-cloud lightning behind it. I was really hoping for a bolt when I shot this, but overall, I'm pretty pleased with this shot.

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Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

best shot !
i love the background color

18 Jul 2011 5:33am

@Shaahin Bahremand: Thank you, Shaahin!

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

I recognized it before I saw your words, this would have been wonderful to see in the
movie, but alas if Spielberg only knew of your immense talent !! This perpetuates every
imaginable dream and is a complete work of magic. 5*****'s !!~

18 Jul 2011 5:48am

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you so much, Phil - you're way too kind. Considering you were doing your War of the Worlds series, I thought you might like this one. Glad I was right. :-)

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

That movie was areal eye-opener to me. It really made an impact. I didn't realise that there actually was a place that formed the key area in the movie. I can see why Spielberg chose it. Outwordly colours here

18 Jul 2011 6:19am

@CElliottUK: Although I was only one year old when it came out, it was for me as well when I finally saw it an age old enough to comprhend the true meanings of it. Thank you very much, Chris!

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

fantastic colors! love the editing, glad you came home unscathed

18 Jul 2011 7:15am

@Chris Pereira: Thank you very much, Chris!

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Quelle jolie composition ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée


18 Jul 2011 7:48am

@jpla: Merci beaucoup - heureux de vous comme l'image!

Mhelene from Paris, France

Original and beautiful ! I like it !

18 Jul 2011 8:30am

@Mhelene: Thank you very much!

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

wonderful drama Jason

18 Jul 2011 9:11am

@grouser: Thank you very much, Grouser!

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Mysterious and very beautiful!

18 Jul 2011 9:45am

@Pavan Kaul: Thank you, Pavan!

Laurette from Fourways - Johannesburg, South Africa

A fantastic capture with fabulous colours. Well done !!!

18 Jul 2011 10:41am

@Laurette: Thank you very much, Laurette!

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

This is way cool, really looks like something from an alcohol induced dream. very nicely done my friend.

18 Jul 2011 11:48am

@Ainsley: Thank you very much, Ainsley - I really appreciate your comments. :-)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This is outstanding Jason! 5-stars!!! Bravo! ;-)

18 Jul 2011 12:17pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thank you very much, Eric - I really appreciate that! :-)

Twojays from Southwest Montana, United States

It's a real mountain! You should be proud of this image. Just stunning and mysterious truly, backed by those rich deep purples and violets, which recalls the move. And I loved that movie. I saw the original in theater -- the musical and colorful light conversation near the end was brilliant and beautiful and so innovative. For some reason it was cut way back in subsequent viewings. It was too moving too...possible perhaps, or as we have observed, very few movies suggest benign ETs, which of course there must be. Jen ne sais quoi.

18 Jul 2011 1:49pm

@Twojays: Thank you very much, Joyce! I'm really glad you enjoyed the image. I was actually going through my old photos last weekend and stumbled across this one - believe it or not, I had actually forgotten about it. Yes, I really like how the communication was worked out in the film - so very believable if humanity were to have contact with extraterrestrial life today since we don't have universal translators a la Star Trek.

You are right that if there is intelligent extraterrestrial life out there (I firmly believe there is), I can't imagine they would be much different than us. For some reason, we're more interested in "When Aliens Attack!" Funny isn't it?

tataray from france, France

Mystérieux et superbe.
Très impressionnant.

18 Jul 2011 2:12pm

@tataray: Merci beaucoup!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

intriguing image . love that purple !

18 Jul 2011 2:13pm

@MARIANA: Thank you very much, Mariana!

Karen Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Good old cindercones......... ;-)

18 Jul 2011 2:52pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel couleur, quel effet, fantasitque compo et image, ce beau pic, superbe.

18 Jul 2011 5:13pm

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup! Je suis vraiment heureux que vous avez aimé l'image!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very dramatic image of this wonderful monolith.

18 Jul 2011 9:32pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much, Steve!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A very dramatic shot with eye-catching lighting and color. I thought that plateau looked familiar. :-)

18 Jul 2011 9:35pm

@Steven: Thank you very much, Steven - glad you enjoyed it. :-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

I have been there twice; this is the best, most dramatic photo I've ever seen of this amazing spot.

18 Jul 2011 9:53pm

@Viewfinder: I've actually never seen this during the day, so this is the one and only view I've had of it. Thank you so very much for the compliments - I really appreciate it!

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

The lighting and silhouette make this moody and ominous.

19 Jul 2011 2:41am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Oh, thanks - now I'll be hearing that little tune in my head all night. LOL! Cool shot.

19 Jul 2011 3:15am

Becky from los angeles, United States

wow - intense and gorgeous!!!

19 Jul 2011 4:37am

foto forte from Phoenix, United States

Jason, I think this is wonderful! Love the colors, the mood....great work!

19 Jul 2011 5:05pm