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Red Rock Canyon

By GeorgeMSmith
While driving in the hills of Nevada, USA just west of Las Vegas, this scene appeared and seemed worth the stop.

Tags: Flowers and plants Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

Voters: QuinnyA, VIKI, accipiter and 12 more

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QuinnyA 13 59 Australia
30 Dec 2009 4:23AM
Really love the hills in the background - the sky is a bit boring, but that is the way many skies are and you would not sit out there waiting for a better one - could take months.

Perhaps a little more processing on the mid and foreground (seems a little bright and flat) would have added more depth to the scene.

Still a nicely composed and taken image - Cheers Andy
GeorgeMSmith 13 4 6 United States
30 Dec 2009 5:16AM
Hi Andy,

I used a CP to get rid of any scatter in the sky and enhance the contrast between sky and hills. Normally I agree with the boringness of the plain blue sky but after spending 2 years here in northern China, seeing clear blue sky was a real treat for me.

I did take the mid and foreground down a couple fractions of a stop and adjusted curves for contrast, however, the composition I had in mind was the large cactus in foreground left and the hills contrasted with the sky. I selectively sharpened parts of the hills and the cactus to provide some depth. The processing I did pretty much adjusts the image for what I saw through the viewfinder except that I had to crop a lot of sky and some foreground out to get what I wanted in this shot.

It was really good to go back to the southwestern USA where I had spent many years and see the desert again.

Thanks for the comments and I'll play with the mid and foreground a little to see if I can improve it.

accipiter 12 61 England
30 Dec 2009 8:50AM
I am so glad you stopped for this picture and shared it. Beautiful landscape. I don't mind big blue skies at all in'the appropriate shot. A
TyChee 17 275 1 United States
31 Dec 2009 9:58AM
Wonderful detail in this shot. Such beautiful scenery in the western US. I am spending the holidays in Sweden. It is Winter Wonderland out here. Glad to see you posting again. Happy New Year to you and Dina.

Phil1958 13 272 4 Wales
1 Jan 2010 11:20PM
Well worth the stop and good to see you back with us after a short break so to speak,

franfoto 14 2 32 England
7 Jan 2010 1:35PM
Missed your lovely shots of Dina and would never have known that this was yours by the thumbnail. Enjoy your travels, good to see you posting again. Happy new year to you both.


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