Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA  

Joshua Tree  by Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

October 2019 - Joshua Tree

October 2019 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

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October 2019 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

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October 2019 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

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About the Image(s)

This image was captured on a hot sunny afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park. Canon 7D, 830 nm conversions. Settings: ISO 100; f/16. The three exposures were 1 2/3 stops apart. I did the ususal channel swap, did a curves layer for tonal adjustments. I converted to monochrome in Silver Efex Pro, increased dynamic contrast and used the control points selectively to get the tree to pop. Final sharpening and cropping were done in LR.

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6 comments posted

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
The tree, sky and rocks are all wonderful elements but I feel that they are all competing with one another for attention. Would it have been possible to take the tree from a lower angle so that it stood out against the sky rather than merging in to the rocks? Or alternatively could you have taken it from a slightly different location so that it was positioned to the right of the higher rocks? As usual this is a lovely crisp image with a full range of tones and I really think it has great potential and is worth trying again perhaps when there are fewer clouds in the sky.   Posted: 10/11/2019 11:01:33

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
Joshua Tree certainly has a lot of interesting objects to photograph. I like this image as the rock formation is interesting and the sky is a nice compliment to what is on the ground. I just wish there was better separation between the tree and the rock. All else works with the foliage in the lower corners and barren ground around the base of the tree.   Posted: 10/16/2019 21:42:38

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
A superb quality image as usual Sharon. There are a lot of very nice elements in the image i.e. Superb sky, fantastic tree and very interesting textured rock but I feel they all merge into one another and none singly project which is a shame as all of the elements are good. Just need a bit of separation between them. If you took any more at different angles it would be worth looking back at them to see if you have something that does set one of the features apart from the others.   Posted: 10/17/2019 06:25:33

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Do wish that either the tree or the rock was the star here. Both are quite beautiful but agree with others on the need for more separation. There are some interesting clouds but a bit of the sky looks to be blending with the rock. Bet you have more great photos from here and look forward to seeing them!   Posted: 10/17/2019 07:43:06

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice quality of the image. Like the skies and rocks.
The tree seems to blend in and does not stand out.
I hope to go here someday and photograph this area.   Posted: 10/21/2019 08:40:54

John Roach   John Roach
(Group 64)
Sharon, the tonality, detail and quality of exposure is wonderful. I agree about the tree and rock converging a little too much. I noted a spec of dust, I think, in the upper right quadrant.   Posted: 10/24/2019 10:43:57