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Pine Cones and Rock Formations by Marilyn Peake

November 2020 - Pine Cones and Rock Formations

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Title: Pine Cones and Rock Formations

I took this photograph at the Grand Canyon. I framed it so that I could capture the pine tree in the foreground with the Isis Temple formation among the rock formations in the background.

I shot this handheld with a Nikon D7200, f/16, 1/320 sec., ISO-400. In Photoshop, I increased saturation, vibrance and contrast, decreased brightness, and added a curves adjustment layer.

8 comments posted

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
I must admit when I first opened this image two things popped into my head, I will keep the first thing to myself, the second I did not realise that the Germans had got that far in the first world war as that peak does look like the top of a German helmet.
You have chosen a good view point and that peak is unusual, but in the format you have (right to left) the bushes dominate a lot. But if you flip the image the domination is much less, its just the way most peoples brains work.
Dead center above the small peal is a black shape, is that an Eagle flying. Does look that way. I would slightly bring up the contrast and colour of the hills to compete with the bush.
Must have been wow to just sit there.   Posted: 11/13/2020 05:40:52
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks, Paul. The Isis formation is one of the formations in the Grand Canyon named after an Egyptian god. I'm pretty sure I took pictures of all of them. I think the black shape you mentioned is just a dark crevice.   Posted: 11/14/2020 01:46:25

Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
Great location, and a good shot; but the canyon colors seemed flat to me. I also cropped it slightly. Adjusted contrast, brightness, bumped up the reds a bit, and burned in a tad.

Paul, I don't see any birds, just the crevasses in the cliffs.

  Posted: 11/13/2020 11:35:54
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Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks, Bob. I like your version. It was foggy in the Grand Canyon the day I took this picture.   Posted: 11/14/2020 01:47:31

Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Well constructed picture with fine colors. I like the layers with the many red horizontal lines. The tree is placed fine and gives the picture depth and a nice contrast to the very dry surroundings. A successful picture, which I like very much.   Posted: 11/14/2020 06:56:14
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks so much, Raymond.   Posted: 11/16/2020 00:17:29

Randy Dykstra   Randy Dykstra
Photographically, I was underwhelmed with the grand canyon as other than a photo very much like above, you didn't have much other choice. I once spent from 4am to sunset trying to get that wonderful photo and lighting and never did create the image I wanted that conveyed the awe that you get in person. I have to agree with Paul, my eyes immediately went to the tree and pine cones. As the brightest and most colorful and sharpest part of the image, that happens. So unless that is the subject, I would crop off the majority of the tree and mute its colors and pump up the reds of the canyon.   Posted: 11/16/2020 18:49:28
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks for the suggestions, Randy.   Posted: 11/19/2020 00:14:53


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