Pre-dawn Joshua Tree silhouettes in the Mojave National Preserve.
This preserve protects a large swath of the Mojave desert in southeastern California and showcases some outstanding geology.
In this area you'll find large sand dunes, volcanic cinder dunes, mountains, limestone caverns, and some of the densest Joshua Tree forests that exist.
The preserve is very primitive so don't expect any services and come prepared with extra water and a full gas tank. There are numerous dirt roads to explore and disbursed car camping is permitted in some areas.
The preserve is also not too far from Las Vegas.
This picture was taken near the Cima Dome part of the preserve, it's where the Joshua Trees are the thickest. It was captured about 30-45 minutes before sunrise. When I saw the amazing sky that morning, I knew I wanted to make those colors the focus along with the interesting shapes of the Joshua trees. I exposed for the sky letting the trees go black for a complete silhouette.
For post processing - I used neat image to reduce noise in the sky, USM, brightened the image overrall +7.Colors were not manipulated.
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kvananthnaag (485) 2006-08-16 13:37
Thats a beauty!! Excellent colors, wonderful composition!! Good job TFSD :)
tjanze (5674) 2006-08-16 13:49
Excelent decantation of colors.Good composition with tree silhouetes.Bravo!
teutza (10590) 2006-08-16 16:03
lovely composition !the colours are just fantastic!good ideea!
jmdias (63426) 2006-08-16 20:32
These colors are fabulous, the shapes against them are perfect. very nice photo. TFS
markstaples (15670) 2006-08-17 10:08
Apologies for not returning sooner. Superb work here with these stunning vibrant colours and beautiful silhouettes. Very nice work indeed.
pboehringer (770) 2006-08-17 10:32
So, this are the famous Joshua trees. I already saw them everywhere and didn't know its name. Shame on me! The sillhoute against the colorpacked sky is just awesome. Perfect picture for a Kodakchrome add.
Good that you woke up so early in the morning.
Scharan (14144) 2006-08-18 19:11
As cores deste céu são fantásticas; a composição é linda, gosto das silhuetas das árvores, uma imagem incrível. Parabéns e boas fotos!.
agbonavita (0) 2006-08-18 20:37
Very pretty this degrade sky. The colors are suberb Douglas. And the catus silhuete is perfect.
jordilara (822) 2006-08-19 6:02
Hi Douglas, amazing strengh of colors that You captured here! The sillouette is perfect and the sky too. TFS
gramma (3519) 2006-08-25 15:39
Un très beau dégradé de teintes rouges et jaunes. Une silhouette que nous n'avons pas l'habitude de voir. Bravo !
Albrecht (11281) 2006-08-29 14:56
This realy is a beautiful silhouet against a beautiful sky. Wonderful painting....The black of the silhouet could even be a bit darker perhaps.SO I did a WS jut for fun to see it.
pady (4800) 2006-09-01 15:01
This is an incredible scene. I like the silhouettes of the trees. Nice colours.
I like your composition.
Amaniman (1122) 2006-09-07 14:27
Sky !!! What a sky !
... et un très bel effet de silhouette avec ce Joshua tree au premier plan.
Quelles couleurs ! Really fantastic !
Emiel_Skyfreak (3002) 2006-10-05 16:15
Beautiful! Great great colours, splendid saturated. Also a nice silhoette by the Joshua Tree. I guess it would be just a little nicer to include a bit less black silhouette and a bit more sky, as it's such a colourful and dramatic sky.
You've placed the joshua tree at a nice spot in your frame.
I agree with the workshop, only after comparing side-by-side though, the black could have been blacker. But I think the workshop is a bit overdone, some jpeg artifacts appeared along the joshua tree. Use another way to blacken I guess. Maybe select the dark bottom and apply some other settings to it.
LSH (174) 2006-10-12 6:19
Les couleurs sont hallucinantes. Très belle photo.
nickybeau (128) 2006-12-18 6:26
The sunsrise is wonderful. It is like a jewellery box for the Joshua Tree.
lebpierrot (33) 2008-01-20 7:16
Wonderful picture that shows a fantastic atmosphere with these colors. Great!!
karrolinkass (287) 2008-01-20 7:35
cudownie 'pomalowane' niebo i te czarne elementy!
- Copyright: Douglas Arrasin (darrasin) (2860)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-11-25
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon Elan 7/NE, Canon EF 70-200 F4 L
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Dusk and dawn, Desert Images, Your Favorites, My favorite photos (12) (Gatti Matti) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-08-16 13:26
- Favorites: 3 [view]