Joan Field, APSA  

Sand Dunes in Pastel Hues by Joan Field, APSA

September 2021 - Sand Dunes in Pastel Hues

About the Image(s)

Many years ago on one of my trips to Death Valley, Mesquite Dunes, I found this color combination. It is most likely correct for the time of day, no sure when that was as it was taken as a slide. I found the print, but couldn't find the slide, al horrendous task, so I scanned it on my Hewlett Packard ancient flat bed scanner, which still works well. Thank you, Hewlett Packard. I had to scan it in two shots as it was too big for a single scan. I just recently put it into camera club having put the two sides together. The judge spotted where I had done that. Since I have macular degeneration, I did not see it. In the meantime, I went back to Photoshop and copied the section that was just off. I spent some time fixing the fine line that you could see with good eyes. I am curious what you think of this image since the judge didn't comment on it at all; he sidcarded it because of the line he saw. To fix it, I moved the scion very slightly and changed the slight different in coloration using the clone tool at an opacity.

5 comments posted

Rick Finney   Rick Finney
JOAN: The color combination is just perfect. I love how the the light (coming from the upper left of the image) is illuminating the middle dune and repeating itself ib the dune in the lower right hand of the picture. the simplify of the sand dunes image belies the work you put into it. I really like the small group of vegetation the lower right hand comer.   Posted: 09/04/2021 17:45:05

Billy Sinclair   Billy Sinclair
I really like the color, it gives a serene appearance to the image. I agree with Rick, the small shrubs balance the scene. I like how the diagonals lead my eye from the foreground and finally end up with the dunes in the distance. It's unfortunate that the judge did not accept the image. Perhaps you could photograph the print as a way to get it into digital format. Nice photo.   Posted: 09/12/2021 12:15:09
Joan Field   Joan Field
This version was corrected for two things from the original that I showed at camera club:
1. The alignment was made much more carefully
2. I color corrected between the two scans, as one was slightly darker than the other. I used the clone tool at an opacity below 100 to achieve that.   Posted: 09/13/2021 12:16:01

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Joan, I love this, too. The light that defines the dunes leads the viewer right into the image towards mountains in the distance that disappear in the haze, and the pastel hues give it a fine dream-like mood. I think that the shrubs are a fine foreground element that also helps to give a scale to the scene.   Posted: 09/12/2021 16:01:54

Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Joan, there is nothing out of place with your photo. I love the softness of color and highlighting of dunes. And I know this is just me, but my eye keeps going to the tree in the left hand corner. I tell it "no" but it wants to slide off the dune each time. Such a serene moment. Thank you for sharing.   Posted: 09/13/2021 14:12:49


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