Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC  

Power by Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC

August 2019 - Power

August 2019 - Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC


About the Image(s)

I thought I would share with you this interesting rock formation from Louisiana Hills, Death Valley. Apart from its strength I love the various shapes and formations of these rocks. Please note the upper part of the foreground rock, a similar shape shows in reverse, then again in the center shadow area and again in the top and bottom of the opening. Other than the basic processing and little enhancement, I did nothing else technically.

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6 comments posted

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Nice spot and composition, Joe. Your explanation kind of says it all. The variety and angles of line are really good, and the foreground with the brush gives a nice, solid anchor to the formation. A great soft box effect gives form and substance to the overall image, as does your treatment of the coloring. The blue color at the left gives a hint of a background. I like it!   Posted: 08/11/2019 15:09:13

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I really like the formation and it reminds me of some of the elements of Arches National Park just with a different rock composition. I think the way you photographed this composition gives it great depth, but I'm curious what it would look like if you had moved five or 10 feet to the left. That may have been a less dramatic view. The texture of the rock is very interesting as is the flow of the formation. Not much to suggest on this one except perhaps a bit of color saturation missing because of the cloudy day. Nice shot.   Posted: 08/12/2019 12:34:08

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Although I admire your virtuosity with Photoshop, this image demonstrates your skills as a photographer who can capture an excellent image straight out of the camera and needing little beyond basic processing. Nice composition. Sharp focusing. Perfect exposure. And it doesn't hurt to have a scenic location tossed in as well! Enjoyed admiring this one.   Posted: 08/14/2019 08:01:33

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Very nice. The composition looks great to me. The only negative comment would be about the white sky as it's taking my eye away from the rock. Might be an interesting "sky replacement" opportunity. Great job out of the camera though with the lighting you did have.   Posted: 08/15/2019 13:16:59

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Great capture Joe. You have an excellent eye for seeing all those repetitions of shape and form! I agree with Marti about a sky replacement. Just a clear blue sky would really set this off. Your title - Power - is a very apt and effective description.   Posted: 08/22/2019 13:58:07

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I just love when I capture an image and only need to kiss it with a bit of touchup. I also love rocks. My eyes start in the bottom left and angle up to the first curve in the rock and then gently hop over to the large curved rock and then slide down the trunk and off into sunset. Simply elegant capture!!   Posted: 08/30/2019 07:59:39