Textured form of love

big sky

Strangely enough one of my most complex images (bracketed panorama) but I am far from happy with the end result, I looked at this set of images (to become a panorama) on the back of the camera LCD and thought, yeah thats pretty sweet, but the processing and trying to get the final image to match my vision on the day proved impossible.

The scene actually has some brillant golden colours in the sky but I could not get it to work with the dark monotone of the foreground, finally I gave up and opted for a BW image, it retains and accentuates the main elements (texture and human forms) and that seemed like a pretty good starting point – I think it can hold its own without needing brilliant colour.

I welcome any suggestions, comments and thoughts about this image, ya gotta view large too btw.

Techie data:
4 shot panorama (each frame bracketed)
D7000 with Nikkor 85mm f1.4 @ 85mm – Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/125 seconds ISO 100
out front – a rauchy couple, some coffee and a camera.

Its a long way to the top

if your a dinky little bit of Spinifex (or me for that matter, damn dunes are hard to climb)

I love this scene, there was such a contrast between the never ending dunes and the encroaching grass and succulent plant thingys. The way the clouds streaked across the frame mirroring the shadows on the ground from the glow of the sun (which had just lifted above the clouds to the right) just screamed, 'photograph me'.. so i did just that 🙂

now, I will also have ya's all know, dunes are very deceptive beings, the climb to the top looks easy enough from a distance, but once on the slope the calves are burning and your taking 4 steps to only go 1 step forward!
With that said, grab ya self a bit of cardboard, oddly enough I found one nearby discarded from some knobs who had left their beer carton there and put your bum on it and its a fast way to the bottom.. bit like life really.. hard slog to the top and one very fast fall from the top 😉

Techie love:
4 shot panorama
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with a Tokina (no sand in this baby anymore; nor any extra sand from this dune 11-16mm) f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/11 ISO 100 and Shutter Speed: 1/10s
Out front: +HoyaFilters Circular Polariser and plenty of sand