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Yellow flowers in Death Valley, California by Richard White

January 2020 - Yellow flowers in Death Valley, California

About the Image(s)

Equipment: Camera: Canon Camera 5D Mark II
Lens Canon EF 24-105 F5.6 L USM
F/32, -0.5, ISO 100

Deion: Death Valley flowers

This picture was taken in Death Valley, California in Feb 2005 after winter rains. The flowers were in abundance and the sunlight was just right.

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8 comments posted

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
This is a beautiful image color-wise. I really like the composition with the flowers in the foreground followed by the upward sloping brightly lite hills. I wonder if it were windy because at f32 most of the image looks sharp but the sunlighted hills appear soft to my eye. My suggestion is to bring up the shadows in the landscape to differentiate it from the clouds.   Posted: 01/06/2020 16:11:31

You captured a stormy sky, which is rather rare in Death Valley! The abundance of wild floiwers was a phenomenon in Death Valley years ago, attracting hordes of photographers!
Beautiful capture and composition!   Posted: 01/06/2020 16:24:31

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
It is always special when you capture something unusual. I don't think I've ever seen a storm in Death Valley or so many flowers. I wish you had included the shutter speed for this image as I think it might have explain at least one mystery. I would also have liked to know the focal length. All of the foliage appears to be either wind tossed or slightly out of focus. An image at f32 should really be quite sharp. I hesitate to offer a suggestion without knowing the two settings I mentioned above. If you care to provide that information, I'll be happy to try again.

In terms of composition everything beyond the floral ridge line appears to become a bit muddy. This may be due to the dark storm clouds but my first thought is that this in at least a stop to a stop and a half under exposed. Not the extremely dark shadows in the floral sections of the center and far right. I feel this scene might have been a candidate for a graduated neutral density filter used in reverse, that is from the bottom. Since the bottom is the bright section using GND diagonally may have tamed those bright spots in the lower portion while allowing you to expose the mountains more accurately. When I expand the view of the image there appears to be some noise in the mountain portion and could be attributed to trying to open of the shadows.

A minor thought on the composition would be to include the clipped parts of the clouds on the far left,or simply crop them offer. Either way would clean up that little area.

Thanks for showing a scene that I will probably never see. Being there with that storm cloud rolling in must have been quite thrilling.   Posted: 01/07/2020 12:07:51
Richard White   Richard White
Larry, I need to correct the camera, it was a Cannon EOS 10D. I am unable to give you the shutter speed. The wind was blowing and the flowers were moving. Focual Length was 80.0 mm. I liked the idea to clipping the couds on the far left. Thanks for your comments.   Posted: 01/07/2020 13:49:39

George R Phile   George R Phile
I like this image a lot Richard. I like the contrast between the bright flowers in the foreground hills and dark brooding look of the background hills. And the clouds hanging over the mountains give it a foreboding look like whats coming next! It looks like it could be a bit sharper overall but is really a nice image.   Posted: 01/16/2020 11:49:39

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
A stunning image, Richard! I think I would call it "Life in Death Walley" since there is a lot of life in this picture. I like the distinct layers of depth and your use of light to place the attention where you want it.   Posted: 01/18/2020 01:23:47

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
A really amazing image, the clouds are stunning. I love the way they hug the tops of the mountains! I did notice that the flowers are a little soft. There also seems to be a blue/cyan color cast on the mountains, like it is a bit over processed. You could try sharping the flowers in the foreground and perhaps increasing contrast a bit. I took a stab at that and then unsaturating the blues in the mountains and darkening the light spots. See what you think. Amazing flowers!   Posted: 01/19/2020 20:19:30
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Richard White   Richard White
I like your suggestion and comments.   Posted: 01/22/2020 13:09:21