layered sandstone details, Valley of Fire
Valley of Fire | Nevada | Thanksgiving 2011
Taking an editing break from portraits to go back to some of the landscape photographs from the awesome colors of the Valley of Fire State Park. I had pulled over the side of the road to take this photograph on a very narrow road with barely enough room for one car to pass over(while it was meant for two-way traffic). I was taking my chances and hoping for the best. I do that once in a while :) Those who have been to this park and driven on the roads of the Rainbow Vista section know what I am talking about.
The light on the layers of sandstone was brilliant and I knew immediately that I had to capture it. With so many possibilities I was struggling to find ‘the’ definitive framing, with the layered sandstone details in the foreground above, as my primary focal interest. As I set up my tripod, I found the sky screaming to be pulled into the frame as well. The direction of the light also meant that the tripod was going to be in too. The struggle continued in my editing attempts. I have revisited this a couple of times in the last few months and tried to crop and present in the most effective manner and yet somehow never quite got satisfied with it so I have given up now. I would, however, love to hear creative feedback on your choice of the rectangular frame around this !
These vibrant colors at sunset contrast against a completely different color palette during early morning light here . The colors you see here were so vibrant, that I had to pull down the saturation just a tad bit to look more realistic :)
Here’s a video ( there might be better ones out there, I just picked a random one from the state park’s website) that gives a peek into the colors and layers of history you can find here !