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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 740 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-07
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 17-85 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-09 15:26
Viewed: 3383
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 50
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After leaving Bishop we drove the back way into Death Valley( from Big Pine). It is a looooooong drive on a dirt/gravel road with very little of photographic interest... at least to me. Once in the valley there are a few places that are interesting but they are few and very far between. If any of you are planning trips to the American west, I can think of more productive destinations.

This is a photo of Mesquite Flats near Stovepipe Wells. We got up early to hike out to the sand dunes for the sunrise and got a rare cloudy day! ... so no dramatic dune shadows that morning. I actually have very few photos from Death Valley and decided to post this one despite its questionable exposure. I did not include the info, to save Niek the trouble of asking me why I had such a wide aperture. I don't know. : P
I think I just snapped it "on the run" as we were intent on getting to the dunes just as the sun popped out from behind the clouds... which didn't happen.

Jamesp, JoseMiguel, delic, Adanac, cicindela, fartash, Silvio2006, NellyD, horia, SkyF, mlines, bettinamarie has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-09 15:36]

Hi Evelyn

A lovely shot of the cracked mud and bushes - very interesting composition. I agree with you about Death Valley - apart from Dante's view and the dunes I am not a great fan - although I have been 3 times.


Hi Evelynn,
So evocative image...
I really like it, it has a lot of visual impact.
I'm trying to figure it out why the lack of info...besides Niek, all of us less seasoned on this would thank so much the info to better understand how things can be done. ;-)
I think you managed pretty well the cloudy sky to take advantage of it and the wide angular glass.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hej Evelynn
Theres a fine mild colorscale here( a lot of desertpicture are oversaturated and doesn't gives that melancolic feeling that this type of landscape have) Im not real sure about the frame? if it drags out the color from the image or the other way around.
Anyway I like the picture and it's desolated expression.
Anders in Gnesta

Hello Evelynn,
This photograph is breathtaking in its beauty and composition! The pov is great, the dried mud appears much more interesting than it should, and the sky and background hills just complete the image. I am going to make this my first favourite!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-05-09 16:27]

Hello Evelynn,
this is a beautiful landscape picture, really 3-dimensional. One can feel the landscape, it appears that one stands amidst. Excellent light and composition.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Evelynn,
Great picture and very nice perspective of the mountains.
Good framing, beautiful presentation, good work..!

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-09 17:05]
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Evelynn, James, come on :)! Badwater, Zabriskie Point, Devil's Golf Course, Artist's Palette, Salt Creek, Scotty's Castle, Racetrack, all those canyons, mines, alluvial fans ... It's a tough place to be but it's a lot more than Dante's View and the dunes.
Evelynn, this is a great photo, one I wish I had taken. So different than the usual stuff, and much of it is owed to the exposure. Those clouds and the haze give a surreal impression. Good job!

Hi Evelynn,
Regardless of th eaperature you use the picture still came out wonderful, I love the cracks in the scorched desert. :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-09 19:57]

Hello Evelynn,
Nice capture of this dry partched ground with sage and mountains as the backdrop. I surely does look barren and lonesome, thanks for sharing Evelynn.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-09 23:20]

Hello Evelynn

I really like the perspective.The cracks in the mud make a lovely geometric pattern.The sky and mountains make a superb backdrop for this shot.I really like how the foreground is so open ,it gives the feeling of an expansive area.Nicely presented.TFS


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-10 2:52]

Hola Evelynn,
excelente foto,
habitat hostil.
buen pov, y dof...
excelente presentación...

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-10 2:54]

Another scene with a LOT of depth, Evelynn.
I like it a lot. The designs made by the cracks are so fascinating.
I like that "hill" in the middle. It really draws me into the picture.
Another fantastic composition.
TFS. : )

Hello Evelynn,
I can say only one when I look at this photo: this is just great!!! :)
TFS and best greetings,

Hello Evelynn
Very intersting landscape,
Perfect DOF and composition,
Great lighting and wonderful sky,
Superb shot.


Hi Evelynn, splendid dry view, fascinating landscape with lovely delicate colors and great light, elegant presentation, BRAVA!, ciao Silvio
:) tomorrow

Hi Evelynn,

I must tell you today that I'm jealous of your eye. I just simply can't see a landscape, and you take such beautiful ones. This composition is super! Congrats.


Very nice capture Evelynn, your low pov really makes the perspective very dynamic. Excellent interpretation.

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-05-11 13:09]

Hi Evelynn,

O my, that does look very dry :-)
And I like the way you have captured this, it's a great composition. Very beautiful and interesting landscape, and I like your point of view.
Beautiful shot!

Greetings, Nel

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-12 7:14]

Hi Evelynn and very sorry for the delay

This is another very beautiful and powerful composition from you!
I really like the POV that you used here. You really got that FG attention and elements that you looked for :)
The positioning of every element here is really amazing and create an amazing scene.
The dry soil and all the cracks add a lot of drama to the shot, too!
Simply outstanding work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-12 10:32]

Hi Evelynn,
this brings back memeories.. been a wile since I been to the death valley.
Great shot, love the details and textures in this shot. Very nice low POV which add additional depth.
Great landscape composition.

Nicely done. I've shot some of these dry waterbeds, but I've always found them to be a bit boring and unbalanced. The inclusion of the bushes (ocotillo?) and their surrounding "islands" really works. Well done.
P.S. I agree with the few photo ops, but what about Scotty's castle -- not naatural enough?

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-05-13 19:09]

Hi Evelynn. This looks a bit like much of Australia at present unfortunately! Good low POV ensures the full effect of the mudflat areas. Very good clarity and colour throughout. Good work. Murray.

Hi Evelynn,
What the aperture may have been, I think it actually worked perfect on this one. The main subject is the dried mud. The composition with the first bushed nicely placed is excellent. I think this would look even better in B/W because there are only a few dark colors.

Hello Evelyn,
Amazing composition here. I can feel the dryness...the dof, pov are perfect. Over all the composition is flawless with the perfect color and clarity.....perfection.

Take care,
Bettina Marie =0)

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-06-08 16:31]

a classic shot of a dry and parched land..

Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.
And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

even that border makes me dry..:)

glad to see you again evelynn


Hi Evelynn.
Great foreground. So dramatic. Lovely textures and patterns. Very nice composition, lovely soft colours and a nice dramatic sky. Well done.
Regards, Steve.

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