Final Shot: Our Favorite Reader Photo of the Month


© Michel Hersen

Teardrop Silhouette
Shutterbug reader Michel Hersen has taken several trips through the backcountry of Monument Valley in Arizona with Fred Cly, a renowned Navajo guide who knows the area like the back of his hand. In this photo taken in January 2015, Cly graciously agreed to pose for this silhouette on the lip of the Teardrop Arch. Hersen captured the image with a Nikon D7100, a Nikkor 18-200mm zoom lens, and a Hoya circular polarizer at 50mm, f/18, 1/25 second, ISO 100. He also used a Gitzo tripod and an Arca-Swiss ball head. Post-processing was done in Photoshop. To view more of Hersen’s images, visit

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