David Kepley  

Valley of Fire by David Kepley

July 2021 - Valley of Fire

July 2021 - David Kepley


About the Image(s)

I took this picture in the Valley of Fire State Park in NV. It was dawn. As you can see from the original, the foreground was dark and of course the sky was bright. I used a GND filter to bring down the brightness of the sky. Settings: 0.8 sec, f16, iso 250, 24-70mm lens shot at 24mm. I was on a tripod.

So did I make the right compromises between the brightness of the sky and the darkness of the foreground? I processed the image in LR.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
15 comments posted

Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
I think you made the right compromise yes. The image is very nice, great coloration. Highlights are always a challenge depending where the sun is during a landscape shot. The only thing I'm noticing is maybe some lens flare across the center of the image, maybe from the filter?   Posted: 07/02/2021 20:28:26

David Kepley   David Kepley
Thanks for confirming that I got the tonality right. Only when I saw it again did I see the lens flare on the left side. Thanks for pointing it out. Easy to fix!   Posted: 07/03/2021 09:11:13

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I feel the image has a strong sense of visual balance between the bush on the left and the peak on the right. With the peak being higher than the bush and the sky being brighter on the right as well it gives the image a sort of "up beat" feel. The color pallet comprised of mostly an alogeous colors give the image a strong natural tone and mood. With everything combined there is a sense of cohesiveness at makes ththe image work.

As Jason mentioned,the lens flare spots are a distraction to another wise beautiful image. But this can be corrected.
  Posted: 07/04/2021 14:52:45
David Kepley   David Kepley
Thanks for your thoughtful reply Larry! I keep wondering if i got the shot or not. Thanks for confirming.   Posted: 07/04/2021 15:01:14

Saurabh Gupta
(Group 71)
Beautifully composed image with vibrant colors. Somehow my eyes is stuck on the brighter bush which break the uniformity.   Posted: 07/05/2021 18:19:09
David Kepley   David Kepley
Saurabh, shoukd intone down the bush in the lower left?   Posted: 07/05/2021 19:35:01

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
You did a good job of processing this very beautiful image. I especially like the way you brought out the purple haze in the mountains in background. I too noticed what looks like lens flare above the bush in the foreground. Very nice!!   Posted: 07/06/2021 14:00:19

John Kelly   John Kelly
(Group 88)
Roaming through the digital reams of photos and stopped when I came to this one. I jammed on the brakes and said WOW!
First of all, I love the color mixture you captured. You kept the foreground desert and went into the deep sky color. The desert foreground really is smart against this crimson sky. Personally, I think you nailed it. I love bold, bright, and colorful scenic photos of great places and this is one. A little lens flare, but still a wonderful photo.
Thanks for a very nice photo to enjoy.
  Posted: 07/06/2021 19:48:07

David Kepley   David Kepley
Thanks all for your encouraging comments.   Posted: 07/08/2021 09:36:29

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Great image David. I think you have done a good job with the coloring of the sky. I really like the foreground for a couple of reasons. It looks like it belongs or maybe natural is the word I am looking for. It doesn't look out of place. I have a photographer friend in Atlanta that told me that if you can, with landscape photography give your viewer a place to stand or set in the image and they will feel more like a part of the image and enjoy it more. I don't know if that is totally true or not. I find myself liking images like yours because you have a place for me. I can see me standing just to the left of center behind that bush taking in the sunset. Thanks
  Posted: 07/08/2021 18:45:59
David Kepley   David Kepley
Thanks Richard. I always have to tell myself to find appropriate foreground for my landscapes. Hard to do when you see a spectacular sunrise!   Posted: 07/08/2021 18:58:58
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
The foreground really adds balance to the image. That helps to add strength to the overall image. If you tone down the bush you will lose that balance. Without the foreground this would be just another sunrise.   Posted: 07/09/2021 12:48:32
David Kepley   David Kepley
I agree witrh you Larry. The only change I plan to make is to eliminate the lens flare. Thanks.   Posted: 07/09/2021 12:50:30

Cindy Bilinsky   Cindy Bilinsky
This sunset is very dramatic with the beautiful colors in the sky. After looking at the original image I like how you opened up some of the shadows in the foreground of the image. There is more visual detail revealed in the foreground in your edited image. This is a nice landscape.   Posted: 07/29/2021 16:20:39
David Kepley   David Kepley
Thanks Cindy.   Posted: 07/29/2021 20:59:27