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A Couple Photos from Joshua Tree

 
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Sep 14, 2016 03:55 |  #1

Hi all, I was wondering if you guys might be able to offer up any Comments & Critique on a couple of photos I took in Joshua Tree. My laptop is down at the moment, so these were edited on my phone through LightRoom Mobile.

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Sep 14, 2016 03:57 |  #2

A couple more from a more recent trip.

Somewhere under some rocks in Joshua Tree

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Sep 14, 2016 06:50 |  #3

I think #4 is your best shot. Both #1 and #2 have about 1/2 sky so they might improve if cropped to the rule of thirds; however, I don't find #2 to have much appeal. #1 has a lot of things going on on the land: mountains, desert, round bush, vertical trees, and horizontal dead wood. I think composing on fewer elements and lines would make a stronger image.


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Sep 15, 2016 01:45 as a reply to  @ Qbx's post |  #4

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Sep 15, 2016 22:14 |  #5

The road photo is so close to the surface of the road and has so little landscape in it that it could almost be anywhere, anywhere out west at least. I don't think it works as a road photo. In the black and white tree photo, I think the fallen tree is so prominent that the Joshua Trees behind it are really like an afterthought. You want a foreground of course, but maybe not one so prominent. If it is supposed to be a picture of the fallen tree, then I think it needed to be more prominent, now it's sort of in between being the subject or just being the foreground for the standing trees behind it.


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Sep 17, 2016 10:05 |  #6

Qbx wrote in post #18127675 (external link)
I think #4 is your best shot. Both #1 and #2 have about 1/2 sky so they might improve if cropped to the rule of thirds; however, I don't find #2 to have much appeal. #1 has a lot of things going on on the land: mountains, desert, round bush, vertical trees, and horizontal dead wood. I think composing on fewer elements and lines would make a stronger image.

my thoughts exactly.


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Sep 17, 2016 10:48 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #7

I actually like #2 a lot.

You've got some dust on your sensor, though...


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Sep 17, 2016 10:51 |  #8

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I actually like #2 a lot.

i didn't have my glasses on when i first viewed this thread :rolleyes: and missed the road rising up in the distance. That adds significantly to the interest, to the point getting closer to it and making it more prominent might have made a really nice shot.


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Sep 17, 2016 13:03 |  #9

Awesome. Thank you all for your comments. I'm going back to Joshua tree next weekend hopefully I'll be able to reshoot these places. I've since got my computer back and did some spot removal on them and man was there a lot. I think they're mainly on the lens (really cheap old lens that I found). I didn't notice them too much on my phone. I tried bringing out the background a little more in the first picture and it looks a little bit better. I'll try reposting in when I get back to my computer.

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Sep 17, 2016 13:38 |  #10

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bcusitsjeff wrote in post #18130991 (external link)
I've since got my computer back and did some spot removal on them and man was there a lot. I think they're mainly on the lens (really cheap old lens that I found).

No, those are sensor spots........spots on a lens (even spots on the rear element) will not result in that type of spotting in the final image.

Just give your sensor a quick wet clean - takes all of 2 minutes. Or blow it off with a rocket blower - takes all of 10 seconds.
https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=kgLzBPjR2ls (external link)

The guy doing the video makes a big deal of it, saying that he did "lots of research" over and over. That is ridiculous - you just swab it off the same way you do any other sensor. It does't require any special care or thoughtfulness - I've done it while driving my car, sitting at an intersection waiting for the light to turn green.

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