Walking toward Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley, I stopped for breath and to enjoy the scene. This is the result of 2 or 3 focus-stacked images. Any suggestions welcome, especially on increasing either impact or feeling. Some have suggested cropping most of the bottom, but that seems to make the image top-heavy.
Dick: Well seen, captured and processed. Really good tonal range and the disparate elements work together very nicely. My only suggestion would be to burn down slightly the one hot spot above the mountains on the right as it does pull my eye a bit. Nice take on one of my favorite places on the planet. >=))>
Dick, this is a fine set of layers (and textures) that looks great in B&W. I’m enjoying the play of light and shadow, especially on those shrubs in the middle with their bright bottoms and dark tops. The sensuous curves of the dunes do a fine job of leading from the foreground to the distant mountains. Yes, I could see this without about half of the sand, but that either leaves you with an unusual shape or cropping some of the shrubs and each of those has it’s own drawback. Something else to possibly try would be to increase the contrast in the sand area.
Hello, Dick, I like this version much better: it manages to keep all those wonderful layers of different greys which make it such a good image for B&W without overdoing it. I don’t know if I’m right but I sensed (in the original) that playing with the luminosity sliders of each colour ,might have gone a tad too far, which made some bits too bright and some too dark, both from the point of view of detail and “realism” (plus the sky issue) in an effort to maximise contrast. But I think you have a great image and love the recent edit. Philip
A very compelling image, Dick. I really like the mood you created with this and I do like your final edit a little bit more than the original. Before I looked at the other comments, I felt that a tad more room on the top would be nice as it felt just a touch too crowded there. I also felt (and still do) that the black patch on the left of the image disrupts the flow more than I really like, but I don’t know what you could do about it.
Igor, I checked the exposures from which this image was made, and the branches are black in places. I expect the harsh heat combined with the dryness has chemically reduced some of the wood or its bark to carbon.