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A different view of Valley of Fire

newbird

Neuville, near Quebec City, CA
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newbird Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 25th Apr 2006
Sun 24-Mar-13 10:39 PM

I'm just coming back from the Death Valley Workshop with Michael Marriant. Great time!

I also took two days on my own to go to Valley of Fire (cf. the photo of comet Pannstarrs I posted recently).

Here is a photo of the Vally that shows a very different point of view than what we usually see from this superb state park.

Camera model: NIKON D800
Focal length: 16 mm
Focal length (35mm): 16 mm
Max lens aperture: f/4
Exposure: 1/250 at f/11
Flash: Not fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias: 0 EV
Exposure mode: Auto
Exposure prog.: Aperture priority
ISO speed: ISO 400
Metering mode: Pattern


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The second photo is the best attempt I made to replicate a fantastic photo from Tim Fitzharris National Audubon Guide to Landscape Photography (p. 95 and back cover). I found the exact place on my second trip to Valley of Fire, with the help of Google Earth 3D data. As you may see, Fitzharris' photo was taken at rising sun while mine was taken in mid-day. Also, I assume that Fitzharris photo was after rain since the colors and contrasts are much stronger than they were when I went there. Fitzharris photo was made on digital Phase One P 25 digital back and Mamiya-Sekor 35mm f/3.5 lens + Singh-Ray CPL while mine was made with D800 and Nikkor DX 10.5mm fisheye without CPL. I thus add a little contrast and color intensity with post-processing.

Camera model: NIKON D800
Focal length: 10,5 mm
Focal length (35mm): 15 mm
Max lens aperture: f/2,8
Exposure: 1/2000 at f/11
Flash: Not fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias: 0 EV
Exposure mode: Auto
Exposure prog.: Aperture priority
ISO speed: ISO 800
Metering mode: Pattern


Comments are welcome!

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Yvan
Quebec Fine-Art Landscape Photographer
http://yvanbedardphotonature.com

russg

Phoenix, US
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#1. "RE: A different view of Valley of Fire" | In response to Reply # 0

russg Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Nov 2007
Mon 25-Mar-13 02:30 AM

I really like the view of the long highway through the rock formation. Really a great shot. I think I'd be tempted to clone out the vehicle. I like the idea that you're the only one there (even if it is your vehicle).

Russ

newbird

Neuville, near Quebec City, CA
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#2. "RE: A different view of Valley of Fire" | In response to Reply # 1

newbird Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 25th Apr 2006
Mon 25-Mar-13 11:09 AM

Thanks Russ for the comment. I also thought about removing the vehicule from the photo and will likely do so for the final "fine-art photo"

Yvan
Quebec Fine-Art Landscape Photographer
http://yvanbedardphotonature.com

spiritualized67

Western PA, US
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spiritualized67 Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas, most notably in Street & Landscape Photography Nikonian since 28th Feb 2007
Mon 25-Mar-13 02:39 PM

Very nice Yvan - an interesting perspective for sure.

Heading to Vegas on a business trip in early May - and plan on spending a day or two visiting Red Rocks and Valley of Fire.

Been to VOF on my way back from Zion last November, and love the place! Looks like Mars.

Nice captures.

~Dan
www.danielstainer.com

newbird

Neuville, near Quebec City, CA
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#4. "RE: A different view of Valley of Fire" | In response to Reply # 3

newbird Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 25th Apr 2006
Mon 25-Mar-13 05:48 PM

Thanks Dan,

VOF is certainly one of the most spectacular and strange places for photography. The colors, textures and shapes are amazing!

IMHO, it has as much potential for photography as Death Valley and you spend much less time driving from one place to the next.

I've also been to Zion but only for a few hours. It ranks very high also on my list of "must-go-back" places.

Regarding Red Rock Canyon, I went back there also last week as well as Mount Charleston. I should have driven back to VOF instead (for another day).

I'll have much more photos coming in the next few weeks as I finish selecting and post-processing my photos of this last trip!

Yvan
Quebec Fine-Art Landscape Photographer
http://yvanbedardphotonature.com

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