13 | June
"Desert Fingers"
General: 6:30 PM on 3/13/05 | Canon 300D
Technical: 1/800sec | f/2.8 | 100mm (160mm) | ISO-100
Exposure Mode: Av (Aperture Priority)
Exposure Bias: +0
Flash: No

I processed this photo at both a white balance of 4000K and 6500K. This photo is cooler and displays a wider range of colors, but the other version is more dramatic. Even though the second version reminds me more of a firey sunset, I like the wider range of colors in this one better.

Site Note: Starting with this image I am now saving all of my images with the ICC profile embedded (still via ImageReady). This will not affect most of you, but as far as I know, only those of you viewing this site in Safari. Color profiles are a mess, especially on Macs. Mac/Firefox users shouldn't notice any difference, but if you are using a Mac I suggest viewing this site (and any photoblog, for that matter) in Safari as the colors will be better. For all those with PC's you can ignore this.

I also am working on saving (via ImageReady) with metadata (exif), but I haven't gotten it all ironed out yet. "Wait!", you say, "I thought you already had the exif data embedded in the images?" Well, not quite. I'll explain more about my slightly round-about method later.

categories: abstract desert nature sunrise/sunset

Thoughts of: Mark
June 13th, 2005 at 2:10 AM

Colors are fantastic!! Good DOF. . .

Excellent photo, Ryan, I love it :)

Thoughts of: Chantal
June 13th, 2005 at 4:01 AM

great work with color and shadow.

Thoughts of: genedavinci
June 13th, 2005 at 4:21 AM

Excellent colours!

Thoughts of: philip
June 13th, 2005 at 4:32 AM

Beautiful the gradient from black to light blue.... and the way the trees just dissapear into the darkness at the bottom. nice composition of the two trees as well. :D Superb colours...

Thoughts of: Ian
June 13th, 2005 at 5:01 AM

Truly beautiful - evokes the burning bush story.

Thoughts of: sinstone
June 13th, 2005 at 6:29 AM

great dof, awesome gradient background

Thoughts of: zac
June 13th, 2005 at 8:26 AM

fantastic shot! i also prefer the one you posted. well done.

Thoughts of: Darren
June 13th, 2005 at 8:35 AM

OK, stop it. You're killing me with these fantastic images of yours. I think I prefer the cooler version myself. It looks a bit otherworldly.

Thoughts of: Nik
June 13th, 2005 at 9:00 AM

The wider range of colors are better... however the "firey sunset" does something for me... either way, I can't help but picture a "mirage" while looking at this photo. The second branch in the backround looks very similar to the first one so it almost looks like a blurred reflection giving it the mirage-ish look.

Thoughts of: Laurie
June 13th, 2005 at 9:17 AM

Beautiful, beautiful. I like the range of colors in this one as well. I always like my sunsets with some blue in them. I look forward to reading your Mac adventures as well.

Thoughts of: Teja
June 13th, 2005 at 1:08 PM

Yea, as many have said so far, the colors are quite nice.

Thoughts of: ak
June 13th, 2005 at 2:18 PM

fabolous. in germany we call that the blue hour.....

Thoughts of: alexandra
June 13th, 2005 at 3:31 PM

Both versions are dramatic on slightly different levels, although I lean toward the blue version simply because of the contrasting colours, almost prismatic in their depth. Wonderful.

Thoughts of: paul
June 13th, 2005 at 9:21 PM

Great shots ryan, I like them both although the other version reminds me of masai mara sunsets and paintings....very relaxing.

Thoughts of: Alec Long
June 13th, 2005 at 9:37 PM

Breathtaking. Wow.

Thoughts of: Michael Czeiszperger
June 13th, 2005 at 9:52 PM

The color graduation from blue to organge is really striking, and makes a great backdrop for the stark sharpness of the plant.

Thoughts of: ViSuaLLyMiNDeD
June 13th, 2005 at 9:59 PM

this is so awesome. Great processing and colors, but the original must have been great to start; i love the simple shape of the branch and its out-of focus neighbor.

Thoughts of: Marina
June 14th, 2005 at 12:03 PM

Very beautiful colours -> great stuff!

Thoughts of: Mark
June 14th, 2005 at 12:47 PM

Very nice photograph. I find it striking.

Thoughts of: dusty
June 15th, 2005 at 10:55 AM

amazing colors! love the background blur on this - just stunning.

Thoughts of: pilgrim
June 15th, 2005 at 2:40 PM

The most wonderful silhouette shot I've seen so far. Awesome. BTW I prefer this version to the warmer one.

Thoughts of: deceptive
June 16th, 2005 at 6:22 AM

Beautiful colours - very nice.

Thoughts of: zerosun
June 18th, 2005 at 9:57 AM

stunning color and use of focus. very nice.

Thoughts of: David Kapp
June 20th, 2005 at 9:25 PM

Beautiful sunset. The colors really are amazing. I was in Hawaii last week, and was hoping for some of the best sunsets of my life (so i was told). I was very disappointed. I guess luck wasn't on my side & I came back with zero sunsets on the beautiful island.

Thoughts of: Abe
June 21st, 2005 at 12:00 PM

I like the silhoutte. This is a very pleasing photo. The stack of rich colors one on top of the other makes this shot.

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