A lone Joshua tree standing in front of desert sky somewhere in between Barslow and Mohave.
Scanned by Nikon CoolScann IV-ED, cropped a bit, sky blurred 2 pix at 4000 pix picture width, Curves to lighten leaves of the tree, resampled to 800 pix width. Sky masked-off an the rest sharpened using Unsharp mask, level 70, 1 pix radius. JPEG level 40 (Corel PhotoPaint notation)
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flip89 (3408) 2003-10-30 10:44
Perfect. I usually don't like well-centered objects on a picture but this one works to set the mood that you wanted to capture. The grandness of the desert is very well shot and your title is very fitting. If you play around with the levels (autolevel on Photoshop for example) and then sharpen, you might even be able to bring the tree forward enhancing its utter loneliness. The sky is just awesome.
dopiro (835) 2003-10-30 11:22
Very nice effect. I like how the image is not oversaturated. Good catch Amadej!
lian (23) 2003-10-30 11:31
A really nice shot! I like the effect when the leafs of the tree has been lightened in contrast with the quite dark clouds above. The almost desaturated desert and the deep blue sky creates a really eerie feeling. I agree with flip89 that this is a great example of a centered object that still captures the viewers eye. Well done!
emax (919) 2003-10-30 13:02
Great shot. What a sky. Extraordinary composition between the exotic tree and the clouds. The mysterious landscape makes the impresion. Great, great shot ...
martin (1242) 2003-10-30 13:07
I can only say that I agree with the earlier comments... an amazing sky... the composition is effective, because it breaks the rules... a great shot.
ninadev (5377) 2003-10-30 15:05
Lovely. Nicely processed and very well done. Almost seems like this tree has some sort of magnetic power or act as an antenna and the clouds are attracted by it. Gives a sense of something supranatural. I like that.
Motrem (2392) 2003-10-30 15:59
Magic and united sky with the tree. I find your very beautiful composition and all the colours gives a very strong impact to your image. Great shot!
Ciel magique et solidaire avec l'arbre. je trouve votre composition très belle et l'ensemble des couleurs donne un impact très fort à votre image. Vraiment c'est très bien réussi.
jrj (34841) 2003-10-31 1:04
Top picture, composed very well, dramatic sky and clouds.
henrye (3500) 2003-10-31 4:36
Very dramatic shot! Great composition. I like the placement of the tree in the middle, and just the right amount of land and sky. Great colors and great sky. Well done!
gary (109) 2003-10-31 5:46
Wonderful imposing sky. I agree with the others in that the picture wouldn't have the same impact if the tree was off-centre.
Good notes on post-processing technique too. I've learned something today.
gringofil (0) 2003-10-31 7:43
I think you have a knack at capturing incredible sky formations. The composition here, even with the main subject centered, works very well. Even with the Velvia film the colors seem to be slightly less saturated which fits nicely into the desert theme. Well done!
mtolloczko (201) 2003-10-31 7:51
The image is a painting and illustrates the feeling of being alone. The Joshua Tree has many branches and aspects, it is interesting in and of itself...
dsidwell (9783) 2003-11-11 23:58
Centered works well here and gives the tree a special importance.
Curioso (9271) 2003-11-20 13:41
A simple but amazing composition. I like its dynamism. The tones really enhance the desertic aspect of the scene.
light (865) 2003-12-21 22:27
Precious, beautiful, inded alone, but magical. Very good composition, superb atmosphere, lonelyness in the beauty.
zeez (23) 2004-01-05 23:30
very nice... good editing process!
hispic (9619) 2004-02-06 23:48
Amazing composition. Dramatic beautiful picture!
nmaia (190) 2004-03-21 22:08
Almost dramatic due to the angle of capture.
Tim (469) 2004-05-06 17:39
Amadej, A very cool picture. I like your post-processing work also. Thanks for sharing and God's best to you, Tim
marctay (66) 2004-05-25 5:18
A 2-D pictures that gives a 3-D impression. The tree really stands out from the picture due to the blue sky as its backdrop. The touch-up is also nicely done and this is something I should learn from. Thanks for sharing and yes, it reminds me of U2's song from the album 'The Joshua Tree' called 'One tree hill'.
My Favourite !! (^_^)
correp00 (474) 2004-08-03 16:34
Wonderfull Sky and colours, perfect picture.
scalerman (26900) 2004-10-04 18:15
nicely captured seen, well processed
Aymeric (553) 2005-01-24 9:22
I like this !
Good contrasts and colors !
marcos007 (55) 2005-04-11 18:20
Strong foto!! I like it a lot. Good Treker!
starbug (6924) 2005-06-24 13:21
Fantastic, perfect..I don't know what else I could say. The sky is so heavily...dramatic, almost physically breaking and falling down on the helpless, solitary tree. Thank you very much for sharing!
baudinm (349) 2005-08-17 10:44
This is an wonderful and unreal landscape !
I like the centered composition which gives a great power to the tree.
The sky is really impressive.
designsoul (21492) 2005-08-24 13:26
Breathtaking! Nothing more I can say now.
magnier (988) 2005-11-18 18:32
Incredible ! Pic' from a fantastic film... Perfect angle, wonderful colours, great work !
verde (957) 2006-05-02 19:14
I may be just tired but somehow you seem to have captured movement in your sky. it really looks like it is moving in and around your cactus here.
great breaking of the "rules" with your composition. I love the blue cast you have in your shot this also adds a lot of intrigue to your desert shot because you have made it "cold"
Don_Gusti (0) 2006-09-17 15:57
U’v done it again, this picture is marvelous, the composition don’t seems good, its actually kills :p I wonder y does the sky looks so dynamic, is it something u do n the camera settings that make the sky looks like this? TFS
- Copyright: Amadej Trnkoczy (amadej) (1285)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1998-02-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon 8008S, Tamron AF 35-105/2.8, Fuji Velvia, Tiffen Cir. Polarizer 67mm
- Exposure: f/8
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Alone again ... naturally, Le désert, Lonely tree [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-10-30 10:30
- Favorites: 13 [view]