Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most astounding parks in southeastern California. Established in 1936 as a U.S. National Monument, in 1994 was declared a U.S. National Park.
It is renowned by the name of the particular trees populating the area, which are unique and beautiful to capture. The park has much more to offer though, and how much of it you want to enjoy, depends on the time you can spend in the park.
Where to stop if you are in a hurry
Joshua Tree National Park has a lot to offer concerning photography. From the rocks to the vegetation to the sky which at night becomes a real attraction for those who love stargazing.
We got into the park from Cottonwood one hour before sunset and drove up north. The time of the day allowed us to enjoy a relatively quiet park and, above all, beautiful light.
Following this itinerary the first thing you come across is the Ocotillo Path which deserves a quick stop as it is the first kind of green plant you see in the park.
Moving further north, you have one of the most iconic places Joshua Tree National Park is famous for Cholla Cactus Garden.
These plants are very particular regarding shape and colors. At sunset, the soft light of the sun covers them with a golden aura. I loved to shoot them backlit.
If you are one of those that like to plan in advance your photo set, although natural, then you might be thinking of using a couple of apps that will help you study the position of the sun in that specific day. I use both TPE and PHOTOPILLS.
Back on Pinto Basin Road, we made a left towards Jumbo Rocks. Right there you can see the famous Skull Rock which is a granite rock eroded over time by the water. It really looks like a big head, and it is worth a couple of shots.
On the other side of the road, you have a fantastic view over the desert, with its rocks and Joshua Trees all over the place. The light at sunset depicted, and that really made me triggering the shutter as crazy.
Hi guys, took this image last summer during my trip to French Polynesia. I was in Rangiroa, one of the main islands of the Archipelago and the shooting location was about 30 minutes navigation to the other side of the mainland, the place is called Reef Island.
GEAR AND TECHNIQUES
The location is pretty wild and rough, windy and inhabited. The little tree was standing on the rocky shore. The contrast between the land and sky was beautiful.
The shot is one of many handheld shots I took at different heights. My gear consisted of my trustfully Nikon D810 (for a review click here) equipped with Nikkor 14-24mm (for a review of this great lens click here).
The use of the wide-angle lens created the converging effect of the clouds.
The composition is based on the little green tree as central part of the image.
POST PRODUCTION TWEAKS
Few little changes to the images were needed, in particular:
1) increased the contrast in the sky using a gradient filter in Camera Raw
2) +10 on the temperature command
3) High Pass Filter at 3.5
Just started a new YouTube Channel where I will regularly post photoshop tutorials. It would be good if you could pass by and subscribe to support this new initiative.
also, follow me on 500px where I continuously post new images
New Video Tutorial covering the basics pf post production. In this episode a beautiful seascape from the amazing Island of Bora Bora
Just published my first photoshop tutorial “From Flat to Fabulous in Photoshop”, it is a first time ever, as such it covers, at a very high level, topics such as background substitution. The key thing here is to merge two different images making sure the outcome is as natural as possible. In order to get there, techniques such as channel selection, color balance are all covered.
There is more coming, so stay tuned!
just wanted to share with you all the news off being awarded 3rd place to the Fusion Art - 3rd Annual Landscape Art Exhibition.
It goes without saying how delighted I am for reaching this achievement.
The awarded picture was taken last summer in the Antelope Canyon In Arizona. It was a hectic day at the canyon; I remember I had to wait quite a bit to get a clear scene in front of me. Luckily enough the double sunbeams appeared.
Gear: Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24mm, Manfrotto Tripod, Remote Control.
Here is the link to the winners page
Xmas Time at Grand Central Station. Busy and romantic at the same time.
People were reaching their loved ones to spend together the holiday period.
Slightly Long Exposed.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is a "must be" location for everyone in love with photography and with New York. The view of Lower Manhattan from this spot is exceptional. This picture was taken at sunset, few minutes before blue hour.
A great experience was being there. Thank you, New York!
Hi guys, took this picture back in December last year. I was lucky during my stay in New York as I got only two days of snow as documented by the roofs surrounding the Rockefeller's TOR. Had to book in advance to get the entry ticket at my desired time. The spot I shot from gets very messy during the day, so I had to set up a couple of hours earlier than usually needed. Regardless the cold, no comparison to today status, the time spent over there was breathtaking. Seeing the city changing colors throughout the sunset time is amazing. Technically speaking, I had to struggle with the right camera set up, especially concerning ISO, as the day was windy and the camera shook quite a bit (you cannot bring over TOR any stable tripod / I used my Gorillapod). In any case, I brought home this beautiful picture of NYC that is now showing in my living room. Hope you share my same feelings.
Take care and talk soon.
Beautiful young lion resting during the warm African afternoon. I was close, tried to get closer but all of a sudden he just stared at me and I froze. Location: Tanzania
Laowa 12mm f/2.8
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8
Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Nikkor 70-200mm f/4.0
Sigma 150-600mm Sport
Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 Tripod
Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 Pro Head
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