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Soaptree Yucca Cactus by Nancie Clark

March 2020 - Soaptree Yucca Cactus

About the Image(s)

I enjoy every visit to White Sands National Park (upgraded from Monument). The Soaptree Yucca Cactus are my second favorite thing to photograph behind sand patterns from the wind.

Nikon D800 1/400 f16 ISO200 50mm lens I think I may have been using the high shutter speed because it was windy. It's been windy most times I've been there. haha

7 comments posted

John Zhu   John Zhu
What a beautiful shot. I like the Yucca Cactus standing in the white sands and the beautiful blue sky. I will try increase the "Dark" to see if make the shot more dramatic.   Posted: 03/13/2020 17:59:08
Nancie Clark   Nancie Clark
Thank you John! I'm sure I did some contrast. But it is similar in tone throughout. I will give that a try. Thanks!   Posted: 03/15/2020 19:54:45

Marla Henry   Marla Henry
Nice shot. My only suggestion would be to lower the exposure and brush away the footprints on the top area.   Posted: 03/20/2020 13:52:58
Nancie Clark   Nancie Clark
I didn't try and remove the footprints because of the ridges in the sand. I can see if the clone tool makes it doable. Yes, the sand is a bit bright especially behind the yucca. I'll try and bring it down. Thanks so much!   Posted: 03/21/2020 15:12:28

Trinda Love   Trinda Love
What a beautiful location to shoot. Lovely image. I agree with lowering the highlight of the white sand in the back if you can. I would use the camera raw Highlights filter and see if that works. Of course, you probably already did that.
I'm sure you were level but the hill curving down on the right makes it look un-level. I think you could "fudge" a bit by a little straightening. The Yucca plant could be nudged a bit and still look straight. I agree you could loose some footprints but I think one line of footprints might be evocative and add some humanity. I've never been there but what a stark beauty this has.   Posted: 03/21/2020 16:05:57

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
I enjoy the contrast between the yucca and the background colors and don't mind the footprints at all. I wish the horizon wasn't breaking the line of the yucca but I still really like the shot.   Posted: 03/25/2020 23:22:48

Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
Agree with most other comments. While compositionally all the rules seem to be met. Yet, if the yucca is the story then I think it would be a stronger image by cropping from the right such that you almost end up with a square.   Posted: 03/26/2020 18:24:24


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