Joan Field, APSA  

How Could this Happen? by Joan Field, APSA

February 2021 - How Could this Happen?

February 2021 - Joan Field, APSA


About the Image(s)

From a camera club trip to Death Valley awhile ago. I recently saw a variation by John Paul Caponigro, where he showed the path going into a spiral. That inspired me to try to get one of my images into a curve that couldn't possibly be caused by nature's wind and ice. John Paul didn't have a stone at the end of his, so I wanted to keep a stone and make it look more realistic. I worked on it for literally days, trying to get a realistic look to the pathway. It was impossible. This is the best I could do. I extended the right hand side of the original image to make more room and went on from there using the clone tool, other images taken at the Race track and anything else I could think of. I did like the concept.

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4 comments posted

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I have to say, this got my attention. I'm going there next week and when I saw this I thought, "how did this happen?" I think your cloning is believable and the arch is nicely curved. It's obvious you spent a lot of time perfecting this.   Posted: 02/04/2021 15:58:47

Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
My first reaction was that it was a cone shell track!!!
It was quite a shock to realise it was actually a rock!
This is original thinking and very good execution......FABULOUS scenery!

  Posted: 02/07/2021 23:13:27

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Joan, This is such a simple image but it is also so complex at the same time. I always say with any landscape picture that it is like a theatre backdrop waiting for something to happen, waiting for the performers to make their appearance on stage. You have certainly achieved that in this image with the curved skid and the rock being the performers. The mountain range in the background looks cold and craggy, in front of which is the scorched and cracked earth of Death Valley. The overall visual story that I get from your image is that an alien being has arrived from outer space, landed, skidded, put the brakes on and then had second thoughts at the last moment. Congratulations and very well done.   Posted: 02/18/2021 10:36:30

Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
It looks pretty natural. The only way I can see to get a better result would be to use smaller samples, but that would take a lot longer. Well done!   Posted: 02/28/2021 20:04:49