20 | March
"Distant Glow"
General: 5:54 PM on 3/9/09 | Canon 5D Mark II
Technical: 1/160sec | f/11.0 | 17mm | ISO-250
Lens: EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Exposure Mode: Av (Aperture Priority)
Exposure Bias: -2/3
Flash: No

Last week I went shooting with my cousin, Carrie, out at Lost Dutchman State Park, one of my favorite places to shoot here in the Valley. We didn't venture far into the desert, but we did go off the path a bit, which was definitely worth it.

For this shot I was planning to use my graduated ND filter (and did for some of them), but at f/11, the numerous scratches rendered it useless, so I opted to take two exposures and combine them. Not the most ideal (especially with handheld images), it works. Practically, the results are identical. Anyways, enjoy the image, and try not to get too dizzy!

categories: desert landscape nature sunrise/sunset

Thoughts of: Markus Spring
March 20th, 2009 at 4:18 AM

Good composition - that two glows work very nicely.

Thoughts of: Jim (365,000 words)
March 20th, 2009 at 5:25 AM

I like the long shadows and the colour. The tilt was an interesting choice that probably let you get more in the frame than other ways of shooting it. I do wonder how it would look as a vertical, but the tilt does lead the eye from the horizon, along the shadows to the little cactus in front. Yeah, maybe that was the right choice.

Thoughts of: Erinn
March 21st, 2009 at 9:20 PM

Great composition. The light is also great. It even makes the cactus look soft.

Thoughts of: Erik
March 23rd, 2009 at 3:56 AM

Wow, very cool with the long shadows!

Thoughts of: Suzanne
March 23rd, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Ordinarily I don't like images with angled perspectives but this one really works for me. Beautiful light.

Thoughts of: Abe
March 25th, 2009 at 12:56 AM

There are many great elements here - for example, the unusually creative use of angle for a landscape, and the lighting, which appears soft and golden. But I think what really makes this shot very good is the tonality, and even more so the balance among the subjects - shadows, clouds, plant life, etc. It all works together into a very strong compositional balance. And rather than being just pulled into the sunset, I'm pulled back from it and into the foreground, which is a very pleasing and powerful effect.

Thoughts of: david
March 30th, 2009 at 8:32 AM

excellent shot...i like the fact there's some foreground interest in the shot in the form of the brightly lit spiky cactus; that makes it for me.

Thoughts of: John Maslowski
April 8th, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Great dynamic view of the awesome landscape. Such a gorgeous sky and landscape. Lovely processing with great contrasts and details.

Thoughts of: Sekhar
April 12th, 2009 at 9:19 AM

Beautiful :)

Thoughts of: ApoChromatic
April 15th, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Original framing, and nice tones!

Thoughts of: Matt K.
April 24th, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Took a look through much of your archive. Quite the visual feast of many varied shots and locations. :) This is the photo I saw when I got here and the one that pulled me in to see more.

Thoughts of: Macro photography
April 27th, 2009 at 9:32 PM

I love the angle this photograph was taken at. It adds a lot to the photo.

Thoughts of: frisky
May 1st, 2009 at 8:11 PM

awesome!

Thoughts of: pinoy photography
May 3rd, 2009 at 1:08 AM

what a tilted idea. very nice and simple shot

Thoughts of: Andy Kämpf
September 8th, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Fantastic Light! I love those earthy tones...

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