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You got two really sweet shots here. I really like the soft light on the playa and the beautiful colors in the sky in #1, that really shines. And #2, very nice creativity with the posts and how you lit them up. The stars are really very nice looking. It creates a pretty mysterious shot.
I have been out at the Racetrack when it had a fuller moon and shot the rocks casting a shadow from the moon light. It's fun if you can spend the whole night out there, I did that once on my way up to meet HenryW at Mt Whitney. It can be a bit spooky out there at night if you let your mind wander at all... Now when I was there in November, I did notice quite a bit more of the rocks moved or displaced. I did see some rocks placed clearly by human hand, so that's sad to see. I was glad though that there were still a lot of rocks left alone, but boy, why people have to mess with things is beyond me.
I'm planning another visit at the end of this year. I would love to capture this place under moonlight.
Your track shot appears to be from the north end of the playa and offers a great view of that morning light. I was there in '08 and most if the vandal damage was further to the south where there were more rocks.
I really like to sift/stitch/crop with that lens...
Super shots, Fred
You are correct Zeph, I was facing north. The sky was clear but there was some nice cloud formations in that direction. BTW, you will love the 17 TSE.
Great work, Fred - particularly the first - really love that one, with the perspective you've chosen. Sad to hear about vandals though ;-(
Vandalism is getting worse in this area and I don't see it stopping.
When I was there last year, I had seeing many rocks relocated, missing. etc.
ben egbert wrote:
Super shots. I am really interested in that 33sec ISO1600 exposure. I hear the new cameras have a lot less amp glow than the 1ds-mk3 and 5dm2. Does that shot need much NR?
The 5D III handles 30s and ISO 1600 very well. I didn't use any NR for this resized image. On the full size, I usually use LR Luminosity at around 15.
I like these Fred,
I do feel the first one would work better as a vert. The top seems a little chopped off to me, and that is killing the flow a little bit. You have an awesome sky up there that I can't help but think would make that image flow and balance in a more effective manner. Your second one is quite awesome.
I agree with you Brian. I will blame on my teen distracting me.
I was not 100% happy with it either. We never are.
You sure got a great sky for your morning shoot, Fred. I love that first shot.
It angers me when I hear of rocks being moved around or removed altogether. It only takes a few idiots to spoil things for the rest of us.
Oh, how on earth did you manage to get your daughter out of bed at 2am
My daughter loves stuff like that. She calls herself a hipster!
Here is my daughter and I before we headed back.
All the best,