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| p.1 #17 · A few images from Monument Valley and Escalante |
Well observed...I've known what they are and intended for them to be that way...Yes, I know that I'm talking like I know what I was doing (hardly so most of the times...), but that was during the many hours that I spent to work on them to the way that I like at the end.
As you know, usually after working on an image for a while, I started to have doubt...that I've gone too far. But one has to stop somewhere, sometime. Yes, # 5 sky seems over done, but if that was not the case, then the mittens would not have been looked at the same way...trade offs.
#1 the lighting was really there, with the glow on the right rocks...I just accentuated it a little bit. As I take more and more photos, the thing that I've learned so far is that, you can't make a bad photo super, regardless of how much post-processing you do. However, once I have taken a good image in raw, you can see its potential right away to be an image that I will like. This is not to say that my images are super, far from that and we've all been doing this as a hobby and a passion. Who would carry a bag of 25 lb gear in the back with a 6lb tripod, hiking for 3-5 miles just to get some pictures if you don't love to do it?
#2 I love it for the sculpture of the rocks and the light/shadow. It is in the same slot canyon as #3, about 26 miles inside Hole in the Rock dirt road (another rough one to drive on and requires 4x4 or truck to get in). Hole in the Rock is what I knew when I got in that area, I think Coyote Gulch covers a much larger area.
# 3, it was the slot canyon right next to Peek-a-Boo slot. Was not able to go on to Peek-a-Boo due to a 15 foot climb to get to the entrance...with the camera bag and tripod...and most importantly, age factor...I was not about to risk being transported by helicopter to the nearest hospital. However, there IS a way to get there by going around to the back and going down, instead of the front. A 30 minute hike to get down one way. The way back was not easy for me, to say the least.
Last but not least, most of my images are not at all natural and somewhat deviated from reality, but I don't like HDR and they're not HDR, so this is just my style, and I hope that is not something that offend someone on this forum, which I think is the best anywhere, with many honest and straight forward people.
Thanks for all those who viewed and made comments, I do appreciate it.