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Sunset at Joshua Tree NP
Sunset at Joshua Tree NP

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Challenge: Harsh Environments II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Joshua Tree NP
Date: Mar 15, 2008
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Mar 16, 2008

Taken outside of Barker Dam in Joshua Tree NP.
3 Images - HDR
Tone Mapped
Color Balanced
Added Contrast

Place: 90 out of 129
Avg (all users): 5.2686
Avg (commenters): 5.6667
Avg (participants): 4.9574
Avg (non-participants): 5.3828
Views since voting: 629
Views during voting: 289
Votes: 175
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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03/28/2008 12:54:49 PM
by karmat

Compositionally, this is a very well balanced photograph. The tree, which seems to be the main focal point, is on a strong part of the picture (left third), and the smaller tree is a good counterbalance to it.

Technically, the color didn't bother me as much as the lack of contrast. I was kinda surprised to see this was HDR, because my personal complaint about it is that it mucks with the colors but does a fairly nice contrast level. :/ I *think* what is happening in this picture is that the sky colors say "sunset" or "sunrise" yet the lighting is very flat throughout the shot and does not coincide with that. More contrast would really help this to stand out and show some of the details well. The focus is a bit off, but not too terribly noticeable at first glance (at least to me). A tripod can be your friend, or even bracing it on top of a rock, or fence or something if something like that is around can sometimes be better than handholding, which shifts the camera ever so slightly, even if unnoticed to the eye. I just looked at your shutter speed, so was plenty fast enough for focus with a single shot.

Overall, it is a fairly good photograph, but comes across a bit flat.
03/24/2008 02:31:03 PM
I was hoping to do better with this one. I was hand-holding an HDR shot, so I thought the focus was pretty good considering. The landscape by Barker Dam was gorgeous! You should all go out there sometime! Anyhow, thanks for your comments. I'll try for higher next time :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/21/2008 01:21:39 AM
Too bad the tree is out of focus 'cause otherwise it is a beautiful image.
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03/20/2008 11:28:59 PM
Beautiful scene and nicely composed. I feel that this is lacking contrast resulting from the PP.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/20/2008 11:04:23 AM
Nice, pleasant use of HDR, avoiding oversaturation.
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03/18/2008 04:17:21 PM
Nice framing. The sky is a bit flat, which is a shame. A little bit noisy.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/17/2008 09:19:28 PM
can't tell that this is sunset, seems grainy and there is a lack of natural lighting to suggest sunset, perhaps less saturation or desaturation
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/17/2008 12:21:24 PM
Excellent shot of a barren piece of land. really glad that you did not go for the obvious and make it an image of just scrubland as this shows one things harsh environment is anothers bearable environment. The nuted colours accentuate the dust and heat well
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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