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Factory Butte

In the American Southwest, badlands are a landscape of soft, multi-layered, multicolored sedimentary rocks that have been weathered into small hills, gullies, and pinnacles. They are often largely or completely void of any vegetation and usually occur in arid environments. Some locations have rocks that are harder and more resistant to erosion while others have given rise to extensive arrays of hoodoos – fantastic eroded formations of every shape imaginable. While the vast majority of such places are remote and/or little-known – and not a part of any national or state parks – they rank amongst some of the most photogenic landscapes in the world.

The appeal of badlands usually lies in the small details, the shapes, colors, and forms of the rocks, rather than in the overall scene. As with several other landscape features, badlands appear on the Colorado Plateau of southern Utah, northeast Arizona, and northwest New Mexico. The desert areas of southeast California and southern Nevada also have a selection of eroded landscapes, such as Anza Borrego, Red Rock Canyon, Rainbow Basin, Valley of Fire, and sites in Death Valley like Twenty Mule Canyon, Zabriskie Point, and Golden Canyon.

Factory Butte is the most recognizable feature of a large area of stark, barren land on either side of the Fremont River known as the Upper Blue Hills. Bordered by Capitol Reef to the west, the Henry Mountains to the south, the San Rafael Swell to the north, and the San Rafael Desert to the east, the topography is characterized by mudflats and grey badlands devoid of any vegetation. The intricate textures and shapes of Factory Butte create a mesmerizing image with lasting questions as to how such textures could be created.

Location: Factory Butte; Utah Badlands.


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I use the following two Hahnemühle papers for my Fine Art Photographic Prints:

Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta – a bright white, cellulose-based fine art inkjet paper specially tailored for fine art use. The exquisite felt structure of the paper creates an elegantly soft feel and tactile surface texture to produce prints with stunning three-dimensional quality and depth. The high-gloss premium inkjet coating guarantees outstanding print results with a perfect reproduction of color and detail, deep blacks, and striking contrasts. The acid- and lignin-free Fine Art inkjet paper meets the most exacting requirements for age resistance. Fine Art Baryta is a versatile classic for Fine Art applications and sets standards in the printing of both black and white and color photographs.

Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Metallic – a silvery-shimmering fine art paper with a specially formulated inkjet coating for fine art use. The natural white cotton paper contains no optical brighteners and has the characteristic Photo Rag® surface structure, sumptuous feel, and a special silvery-shimmering surface finish. This premium and unique metallic paper guarantees impressive printing results with bold colors, deep blacks, and the perfect reproduction of color and detail. The sophisticated silver metallic effect underscores the image and makes motifs with metallic elements, reflections, ice and glass, architecture and landscape shots, as well as black and white photographs with high-contrast tones shine. Photo Rag® Metallic is acid and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.

You can order your print either Unframed or Framed. Framed prints are decorated in an elegant flat 2″ Black Satin frame with a 1 1/4″ white mat.

Fine Art Prints usually take 2-3 weeks for printing and delivery.