Jerry Funk  

Death Valley  by Jerry Funk

September 2020 - Death Valley

September 2020 - Jerry Funk


About the Image(s)

Topaz Studio 2 is enabling me to more easily add color and accentuate the highly varied patterns in this geological wonder.
After normal Lightroom 6 edits, I turned to Topaz for a small dehaze adjustment and then used one of its many presets that led to further adjustments. I finished by adding a custom Topaz frame and opening the shadows a bit in Lightroom.

13 comments posted

Fred Giese   Fred Giese
Death Valley is a fun place to shoot but is normally drab. You have brightened things up a lot and you might consider moving this to the Painted Desert:}   Posted: 09/01/2020 09:37:48
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I have had the privilege to visit the Painted Desert after rare rain showers. Those vivid memories with highly saturated and enhanced colors have encouraged me to make images such as this.   Posted: 09/01/2020 11:48:54

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
(Group 18)
Very colourful Jerry. The Topaz effect has worked well and has responded in this instance to the relatively simple shapes of the landscape. Sometimes with more detailed images I find those effects can be a bit overwhelming.   Posted: 09/03/2020 11:36:15
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I have always felt Death Valley would benefit In my eyes from added color.
Yes, we are slowly learning when and how to apply the newer Topaz filters. Sometimes lowering saturation in a prese helps. Other times lowering the application of the effect Or brushing out some the effect helps. Sometimes, I like to change a color locally. As you know the possibilities are infinite, so we experiment and have fun.   Posted: 09/03/2020 11:52:27

Nellie Bretherick   Nellie Bretherick
I wish my visit to Death Valley would have looked this colorful. As it was, I found very "blah" with overpowering heat so we moved on and away from it rather quickly. Obviously we chose the wrong time of year to go there   Posted: 09/04/2020 12:05:51
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
My original photo and almost all others are blah before I apply dehaze, clarity and increase saturation. I believe my result is a natural look after a brief rain shower.   Posted: 09/04/2020 13:18:25

Betty Billingham   Betty Billingham
Very colourful but does not really convey to me what the place is like. Needs more to give us a story.   Posted: 09/08/2020 11:41:08
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I see your point and should not have titled it Death Valley because that's not my story here. I was trying to show the hidden beauty of its multicolored hills and striations although not realistically.   Posted: 09/08/2020 13:01:53

Shirley Ward   Shirley Ward
Interesting scene, but I'm not sure I like so many colors, even if there are these colors, only subdued, in the hills. For an abstract view it works more, but certainly not nature..   Posted: 09/14/2020 14:05:26
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I think I view almost every subject abstractly; this being a landscape was incidental to me. If I do nature its usually has abstract or graphic qualities too.
I was pleased with the lower hills because they reminded me of some works by Georgia O'Keefe and I hope to be able to replicate that effect.   Posted: 09/16/2020 23:18:45

Irene Bergamini   Irene Bergamini
I am enjoying this more as a graphic design or abstract. I am wondering if you blended in a black drawing filter of this image, it would give it more of that graphic look.   Posted: 09/16/2020 18:59:03
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Do you mean to enhance edges with black?   Posted: 09/16/2020 21:18:08
Irene Bergamini   Irene Bergamini
Yes...I think it might be worth a try   Posted: 09/16/2020 22:26:19


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