Dave Ficke  

Valley of Fire by Dave Ficke

November 2021 - Valley of Fire

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken at Valley of Fire state park in Nevada outside of Las Vegas. There was a good amount of wind so to keep the camera from shaking on the tripod I bumped up the ISO to 500 so I could have a faster shutter speed of 1/1000. All the while trying to maximize my DOF so I shot at f11. Camera was a Nikon D800 with a 24-70 lens at 34mm.

The colors are very rich and intense and the curvature of the rock was just so amazing. I wanted to go back in the morning to get less direct light but this was my last day “ next time.

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

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
Indeed, the curvature is amazing but also the texture of the rocks. The sky is not ideal it appears a bit grayish, perhaps because of the wind. Anyhow a nice scape.   Posted: 11/10/2021 03:42:04

Carol Krom   Carol Krom
I, too , love the southwest and the Valley of Fire. Your image show the swirling color variations very well. The color changes from front to back give the image depth and guide the viewer into the scene. The focus is sharp and the depth of field is excellent. Very nice photo. Makes me want to jump in the car and travel again.   Posted: 11/10/2021 04:53:07

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I love the texture and curves in the rocks and love red rocks regardless of where I see them. Sedona is probably my favorite spot in the US. I love the lines leading into the "caves" for want of a better description. They make me want to explore and find out what is in them. Nice shot. I wonder if you could use sky replacement in this .....small space but rather "dull" compared the the rest of the image. Just a thought. I take sky images all the time and add them to my catalogue and then into PS to use them for replacements. I prefer to use my own, rather than the ones they include. That allows me to pick based on what I remember the sky looking like and the location.   Posted: 11/12/2021 10:52:54
Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Call me weird but I don't do sky replacement- I know almost everyone does it but o am just not there   Posted: 11/12/2021 11:58:59
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I get the reluctance, but finally decided since others are doing it, I'd give it a whirl. When they're my own sky I'm not bothered as much. Weird, I know, but makes me feel justified   Posted: 11/21/2021 21:00:49

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
I like the depth in this image Dave. The brighter colours in the foreground and the more subdued colours in the background assist with the perception of depth. The sky does look a little grey, and for me personally, the jury on sky replacement is still out. I fully understand and appreciate both sides of the story. Perhaps just an adjustment with the blue slider in either LR or PS might fix this issue.   Posted: 11/27/2021 18:00:20