When I wrote about Father Crowley Overlook a couple weeks ago, I realized I had several promising Death Valley images in my archives that I’d never processed. A trip like that can be overwhelming, and dealing with so many photos takes time and effort. I suppose back then I picked out ones I thought were best and left the rest for later.
Well this week I went back, found this one I liked, and worked on it.
Shifting sun, shadows, and sand – early morning at Mesquite dunes in Death Valley.
This scene is looking roughly north about 15 minutes after sunrise. The low sun angle makes for lovely contrasts and colors, and helps emphasize the shapes and textures of the dunes.
While I was working on this in Lightroom, I noticed something on the far sand dune, just below the shadow at the top. Please click on the image below so you can see it better.
I was making landscape images, so I used a 24-120mm lens and fortunately liked the framing at 120mm. My Nikon D800 camera had a 36 MP sensor and captured a great deal of information in the file. Even though it’s at the limits of resolution, you can definitely tell there’s something there – tracks in the sand and one (maybe two?) animals!
A photo like this is a good example of something I wrote about 10 years ago: Photographic “Level of Detail”. Looking at it from a distance, you see colors, shapes, shadows and lines. Zoom in a bit and textures, tracks, and other details become visible. Zoom in all the way and you can spot wildlife. How cool is that?!
I really enjoy this aspect of photography. Have you ever discovered something like this in one of your images?
You can view my other DVNP photos here. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now, go make some photos – it’s can be surprising!
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2 thoughts on “A nice surprise”
Wonderful landscape, Ed! Fabulous colors and textures.
Then, the “hidden” surprise! I love it when that happens.
Just happened to me last week with a damselfly image. Almost deleted the image as the subject was out of focus, but captures a grasshopper nymph on an adjacent leaf. A fun part of photography!
Thanks, Wally. It is a great feeling when it happens and I really look forward to it.