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Carlton750
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Mar 23, 2012 14:13 |  #1

Heres a little series from around our campsite at Ocotillo Wells SVRA next to the Anza Borrego S.P. It was little bit of a challenge to get shots that looked "un-disturbed" by man. Shot with the 15-85 EF-s and 450D combo. Comments are Critiques are much appreciated, thanks!:)

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Mar 23, 2012 17:15 |  #2

Very nice! The desert can be difficult to capture. First image is the best of your series, I really like the wide angle you used and the texture you were able to capture in the forground leading your eye to the horizon. I would crop out a majority of the blue sky to bring the focus to your desert horizon, plus you have a little dust on your sensor at the top of the sky anyway. Sorry but number 2 looks like a big pile of dirt, I see you did do that pile of dirt some justice in your 4th image. Not real fond of number 3, I am glad you changed your perspective in number 3 to capture number 4, the B&W certainly helps to create some drama in the shot. The last one of the wash doesn't do much for me.
Overall, nice stuff.


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Mar 23, 2012 19:44 |  #3

Shawnc wrote in post #14141541 (external link)
Very nice! The desert can be difficult to capture. First image is the best of your series, I really like the wide angle you used and the texture you were able to capture in the forground leading your eye to the horizon. I would crop out a majority of the blue sky to bring the focus to your desert horizon, plus you have a little dust on your sensor at the top of the sky anyway. Sorry but number 2 looks like a big pile of dirt, I see you did do that pile of dirt some justice in your 4th image. Not real fond of number 3, I am glad you changed your perspective in number 3 to capture number 4, the B&W certainly helps to create some drama in the shot. The last one of the wash doesn't do much for me.
Overall, nice stuff.

Thanks, the first one was pretty much the only shot where the subject was actually pretty interesting on its own, and the different sand textures caught my eye. Good idea too, didn't notice the dust spot. As for number 2 I agree a pile of dirt is hard to make remarkable, even if its made by wind erosion. Plus I had dogs that wouldn't leave the frame so the horizons real low and kinda ruins it a little. And number 3 I wanted to mix it up a bit and have a shot facing the sun, I actually like it. Last one is probably my least favorite of the 5, even the dirt mound beats it, though I'm not sure what I could've done with the framing to make the subject a good shot anyways.

Thanks again for going into detail on each shot!


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