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It's called "The Wave". It's in an area called Coyote Buttes that's in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. A remote area in the state of Arizona in the United States of America. Sand dune layers that have turned to rock. Then after a flooding rain. The porous sandstone absorbs some of the water. Then like an opal gemstone. The water along with the quartz already in the rock, together bend light creating the colors of a rainbow. Also referred to as a prism effect. Image taken with 35mm film camera. In the shaded area of a canyon. November 10, 2002. A surreal experience seeing rainbow colors emanating from the ground under feet.

the highlight is centered towards the middle of the image. this is a simple most beautiful color- or grey-gradient appearing from the fact that frosted, the so called opal glass gives way to only a limited amount of light towards different directions. this is propably where the idea or origin of vignettes may have derived from: lenses, light, optical laws, impurity, perfection, perception.

Sydney, Australia - November 25, 2014: An adult Opal smartcard. Opal is also a contactless ticketing system, recently introduced across Sydney and regional NSW transportation networks.

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