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| p.1 #12 · Joshua Tree and the California Desert |
Tuan Le wrote:
Very nice and well done series, particularly 1 and 2. I would like 3 more if there were more stars and no headlights. Just got back from camping out for 2 nights at JTNP and always enjoy my time there no matter what the season.
Thank you. The headlights were an intended part of the shot, of the scene in #3. While it's not wilderness, it's a representation of that portion of our desert, and the motion of our world through it. natural and human.
Heinz H wrote:
#2 for me. I like the feeling of heat in that picture. Great DOF and composition.
Thank you, it was only about 55F at the time, but sure looks warmer than that, eh?
#1 is a really cool looking shot, and I like how you worked the sun in #2. With #3, I really like the cloud movement in the sky, but I think all the headlights on the road are a big distraction. Perhaps blend in on the bottom a shorter length shot where there are no car lights?
How were the blooms. I think the Joshua Trees had been blooming, anything else?
Thanks Jim, see my first post regarding shot #3. It would feel disingenuous to me to alter the shot that significantly, and I like it for what it represents. I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities in the future to capture a more "pure" cloud-motion in the desert type shot if I so desire.
The blooms were nice, the Joshua Trees were blooming, as were a number of other plants in the lower, Colorado Desert section of the park. I'm not sure that I like any of those type shots that I ended up with, but that's often how I feel immediately after a trip, and perhaps they will look better too me given a little time.
I don't know, something just didn't click with me. I love the desert, lived in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts for seven years and I still visit them every chance I can get despite living on the opposite side of the country now. Maybe I was just too jaded and "seen it all before" by the time I made a dedicated trip there. As to its name sake (Joshua Trees) I couldn't help thinking "Cima Dome's are bigger and denser, and Lee Flat is more extensive as well". The boulders, "Alabama Hills are way more impressive". As for potential blooms,...Show more →
I see what you're saying, and certainly your personal experience had a lot to do with flavoring your view of the park. I haven't had nearly the exposure to that particular type of desert area, so there was a bit more newness for me.
Love the pastels in the first and the sense of motion in the last.
2 and 3 I really like, the first one IMO could do without the distracting cactus.
Thank you. Which areas of the cactus in #1 do you find distracting? Or is it all the cactus, just distracting from the sunset? I was in that area to shoot the cactus itself specifically, so it was an integral part of my vision for that scene.