Zabriskie Study #2

May 05, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Zabriskie Study #2

My first view of Zabriskie Point's folding and curvaceous landscape immediately suggested a monochrome treatment, so here's my first effort. This was taken before the sun had crested the horizon line to the east. but with ambient light already bringing the folds of the land into contrast. Although the main ridge in the image is pretty central to the frame (poor composition?), I wanted to include as much of the foreground as possible, with its leading lines and curves. I also wanted the two brighter ridges in the background to add a little balance to the image, and to provide a contrast to the darkness of the main ridge. As I said in an earlier post, the whole area around Zabriskie could keep me busy with a camera for a lot longer than the evening and morning we spent there. The paths leading down from the viewing point and into the backcountry were very tempting, but Joshua Tree NP was calling.


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