Pat Centeno  

Tent Rocks by Pat Centeno

May 2022 - Tent Rocks

May 2022 - Pat Centeno


About the Image(s)

Shot in September 2014 at 11:25am on a PSA Conference-sponsored trip from Albuquerque, NM to Kasha-Katuwe National Monument which is also known as Tent Rocks for its remarkable whitish-tan stone formations next to the trails. Camera Data: Nikon CoolPix AW100 1/1000 sec, f/7.8, ISO 200, 5/0mm, no flash. After adjusting and adding a little vignette in Adobe Camera Raw, I used Topaz Simplify's BuzSim Desaturated filter on another layer and then in PhotoShop, masked before darkening the path at lower left and again with a transparent layer, used a blend mode to paint some light back into the flattened shadows and bushes for dimensionality and to brighten the cliff that looks like a tower.

4 comments posted

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
I love that your choices for the BuzzSim application created less structural detail in the green foreground/background foliage. This really allowed all the rock formations to take center stage. And the sky and clouds now exhibit such depth and contrast. I would not change one thing. Wonderful resultant image, with such a dramatic departure from the original.   Posted: 05/14/2022 18:13:15

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
I remember this spot, too, and remembering the difficult terrain farther in but the view so worth it.
Love your camera angle with its strong leading line of the path to your subject. Your paint technique really adds to the image with its resultant soft color hues and soft paint strokes contrasting with the sharp edges of the tent rocks. Also, your center of interest is enhanced with your darks and lights. Nice work.   Posted: 05/15/2022 13:02:32

Gerhard Geldenhuys   Gerhard Geldenhuys
Magnificent and the end result must have left you with a great sense of achievement. Great work Pat.   Posted: 05/21/2022 03:49:43

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
One of the things I love about your changes is the enhanced contrast between light and dark! The BuzSim tied everything together nicely with a shared pattern especially in the clouds. The viewer's eye definitely goes to the center 4 peaks and the lare 5th peak at right brings the eye back down to the other 4. The roadway leading line is directionally enhanced with the bright light before the first tent at left. Very nicely done.   Posted: 05/22/2022 11:28:14


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