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Arizona desert color

By makeupmagic    
Desert Palo Verde in bloom in May. I darkened the cloudy sky

Tags: Landscape and travel Desert color Palo Verde trees in bloom

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7 Aug 2019 9:29PM
I don't have a high definition screen, but as far as I can tell everything looks quite sharp and in focus, depth of field stretching from front to back. I think f/5.0 was maybe a bit of a gamble, and I might have chosen f/8, or even f/11, just to be on the safe side... that would still have given you a shutter speed more than fast enough for handholding the focal length of 26mm that you were using.

Your composition is quite well balanced, and exposure looks okay to me, but it does all look a bit flat and dull. The problem really is just not enough saturation and separation of colours. I'll upload a mod... all I've done is slightly increase colour saturation generally, but then I gave an extra boost to yellow. I also darkened the sky a little more. I think those simple changes help bring the image to life, but see what you think.


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dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
7 Aug 2019 9:31PM
There is texture in the sky so it's good that you darkened it here, and I guess that's more how you viewed it. Our eyes are much better able to cope with the contrast range than the camera's senso so images taken in these conditions do tend to have very pale skies and need that help in post processing.

It's overcast, and while that's great for detail capture it can make the image tonally flat, so in my mod I've boosted the foreground using a Curves adjustment. Colouir and Contrast have been boosted. The result is something that has more eye catching appeal. I darkened the sky a touch more.
Both subtle changes.

For my second mod I tried a mono conversion, boosing the yellows and reducing the reds, quiote strongly. I'm not convinced it's a more moody interpretation but sometimes it's worth a try.

The main issue is that while it shows the rugged nature of the landscape there's no real focal point. The vegetaion is good for foreground interest, but it's not strong enough. Not in the same way a horse and tider would, or perhaps a large 4x4!

Those rocks in the bottom left could have worked well. As they are, just creeping in they become more of a nuisance. I think if we could see more of them then you foreground would have that interet and a good contrast, visually from the vegetation and texture of the hills in the distance.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
7 Aug 2019 9:33PM
Looks like me and Alan were typing at the same time and have said much the same thing Smile
capto Plus
7 5.8k 12 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2019 9:56PM
I have done a few tweaks, mainly dodge & burn, in an attempt to get a little more lift from the different textures in the image.
Thanks again for the pointers. I like Whatriveristhis best because that is more like what I was seeing. I regularly put rocks and boulders in the foreground I like them. I think made them more visible.
I take all into consideration. Thanks again.
dudler Plus
16 951 1521 England
8 Aug 2019 9:06AM
There are two notable things, from where I'm sitting.

First, the picture works well because of the way that the lines of bushes, rocks and lines in the land move backwards and forwards across the frame. They lead the viewer's eye into the frame, gently, slowly, but surely. Lots of angled lines, in a nice overall configuration.

The lack of sharpness is intriguing, and there's no obvious cause. The lens is at the wide end of the zoom, so depth of field shouldn't be abysmal, even closed down less than two stops from maximum aperture.The shutter speed is high enough to make sure there's no camera shake. And an f/2.8 standard zoom is likely to be a premium optic.

This might merit soem investigation, in case part of yoru system is letting you down in the taking...
8 Aug 2019 9:29AM

Quote:The lack of sharpness...

More and more I'm thinking I need a new screen. Or new glasses.
I do notice the lack of. sharpness. I recently took a course with KelbyOne on NikonD850. #1 was that I needed to update my firmware, which I have very recently done. #2, After that, I reset all the settings in my camera to Moose’s advice so that next time I am out and about, I will see if there are changes. I do notice in my business I am having a much asier time using the AE button for focus instead of the main on off switch.
thanks for the observations.
Interesting how some dont like the rocks in the corner, my eyes start at the rocks and move up the photo until reach the clouds, on a diagonal. Beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder.
pablophotographer 8 1.3k 352
8 Aug 2019 5:37PM
(Tips hat).

I will not apologise for my dry humour but all these Lasso-Passo curves and vivid hues annoy me just like woolen underpants while crossing the desert on my mule.

Subjects of the Rainland! The dry soil of the desert should not have a "wet" look colour. Death is like fading away around these bushes! So colours are fading too. If you want to help, dance with the Indians and pray to the Manitu that these clouds carry somd ran.

Gringo. Drop the Rule of Thirds and the horizontal framing. Stand up and shoot vertically. From the boot till the sky. One narrow frame as narrow as a coffin. Fill this image with soil, bushes and lizzards rather than a third of sky.

Stamps a scorpion with the heel of the boot. And if thirsty, have some lemonade and salt. Tequila is finished.

By the way muchacho I am glad you did not become lunch for the coyotes!

Adios amigos.

dudler Plus
16 951 1521 England
8 Aug 2019 9:52PM
With a D850, I'd expect that firmware and custom settings wouldn't matter too much: it's one of the very, very best cameras available, and should give stunning results straight from the box.

See how your changes pan out, though, and check carefully on your focussing technique. I know a D850 user who uses back button focus, as you seem to be doing ('using the AE button for focus').
I did not use the AE button before resetting my camera. I am goint to be in the high country of Az Saturday and am looking forward to new knowledge for pic taking. I have so little time for learning and have learned a lot here. I think that my business photos are more in focus using that button so we will see.Will let you know.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2019 1:32PM
You don't use the on/off switch to focus? You use the shutter button in mst ases which realy should not be a problem. Firmware and 'Moose' will not affect static single shot focusing. More likely either you are getting something wrong or you have some damaged equipment!

For me, the basic problem wit images such as his is subjective. I know nothing of the area, and the content is not, to me, attractive. there is no focal oint or true point of interest for the eye to rest on.


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