I enjoy searching for and finding images that represent a more abstract take on a scene. These can be the result of unusual light, colors, forms, textures or combinations of these characteristics. After shooting the image included in the first Death Valley post, I stopped at the Zabriskie Point parking area and took a few shots there. On my way back to Furnace Creek, I glanced to the left and immediately focused in on the area shown above. I saw the shot before I ever took the camera and tripod out of the car. I love the colors as well as the movement of the lines/curves through the image. There is actually a distance of many feet between the foreground area that fills the bottom of the frame and angles up to the right as compared to the background area that starts on the left and expands to fill the entire horizontal area at the top of the frame. I knew I wanted to blend these so I used a telephoto lens to compress the entire view. The sun was low on the horizon, giving the rock a relatively warm glow, while still providing a few darker areas to provide a little texture and contrast.
- Sony A7r
- Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
- 286mm, f/10, 1/200 sec.
- Tripod and cable release employed