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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-08
Categories: Desert
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/3 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-18 18:23
Viewed: 3361
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
So you think something looks odd here, do you? Well, we were just parking our camper for the night in the Alabama Hills when I noticed how the headlights illuminated the sagebrush, as my husband was backing into our site. I propped the camera on the hood and snapped this shot with a delayed shutter.

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Hello Evelynn.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-06-18 18:40]

Well, It really turned out well...Beautifly contrasting colors...Great feeling of depth...Amazing that just setting your camera on the hood allowed for such clarity and detail...I am still mesmorized by the colors and the intricate depth of the foreground...Very nice photo...Good eye...TFS

Odd? No way...you know your pallet too well to really believe this stroke of genius was odd. It is a master work of contrast and color. That's what it is and it is going straight to my scrapbook.

Bob Pacific NW Wilderness

Hi Evelynn,
This worked well. To me it looks fabulous. The different layers of colours look great. Maybe we should all use our car headlights as a piece of equipment. A wonderful effect.

Hello Evelynn,
you have a excellent landscapes photos in you gallery
This one is so beautiful with clarity, awesome colour, lighting and details
thanks for sharing

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-18 21:18]

nice lighting effect providea a 3D feel to the photo. nice colors and focus

Hi Evelynn,
It certainly was a neat effect! I love it from the highlighted sagebrush to the layers of mountains and the beautiful sky.. TFS

Very cool picture with a great pov. Very nice lighting effect you created. TFS

Hi Evelynn,
Fantastic contrast in this photo between light and dark areas. The lighting is just right, well seen,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-18 22:10]

Hi Evelynn. Very nice Landscape you have here. Nice and warm colors. I like it a lot. TFS. Luis52.

Hey it never hurts to try out different things, and I think the headlight trick here worked pretty well. Looks like the photo could use a bit of a tilt to the left though.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-19 1:22]

Hi Evelyn

Actually I think this should be called 'master stroke' It is an excellent shot with great colours and forms. Too often I see great shot like this - but the bottom of the frame is too dark - a problem you have masterfully overcome here.


That worked out nice Evelyn.
I always like the look of headlights on this type of scene.Or even a flashlight. Makes it look eerie, especially when it is live.
Never thought of taking a photo of it though.

Hi Evelynn,
I read a article in Practical Photography about lighting areas with a torch. Doing it with a car is something I didn't think of, but it looks like it works perfectly. I really like the effect of the headlights shining on the sagebrush. Especially how it created the shadow areas. It might be me, but shouldn't it be better if the photo was rotated to the left? Even the trees are pointed toward the right.
The different layers of colors and light are wonderful.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-19 4:07]

Hi Evelynn,
Outstanding landscape shot and a fabulous experiment of having the FG illuminated. Looks fabulous. The distant blue mountains and the brilliant sky with the cloud formations sets up a nice tone and depicts the ambience well. Exquisite POV to capture this scene. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

Hello Evelynn
What a great landscape with wonderful colors,
Perfect composition,DOF and POV,
Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

Hi Evelynn ,
nice shot.it has beautiful layers.
well composed and amzing colours.
well done
thanks for sharing

Hi Evelynn,
I like this! Great contrasting colours between the grass in the foreground and the shades of blue in the far hills. The sky seems to match quite well colourwise to the grasses, beautiful and a great idea on the spur of the moment! Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-19 11:02]

This is very cool, Evelynn.
What a clever idea.
Just like you to see and seize an opportunity when it arises.
The headlights give the sage a warm glow and sharp details.
in contrast to the cool colors of the mountains in the BG.
So many layers in different colors... A lot of depth.
TFS. : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-19 17:01]
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Hi Evelynn

First of all thanks for the tips. I hope i'll have enough time to go in al sorts of great places especially for photography).

This is a terrific shot. You're right: i had no idea at first how the light worked in this photo. Then i read your notes and understood :)

Splendid game of lights and colors, resulting in a superb and very moody landscape. I really like the compo and the atmosphere.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Evelynn, this worked very well in my opinion and clearly a result in my book. Very nice work with your Landscapes BTW.. I not so active this month as I am building my own website and sorting a few things out at home. Regards Steve.

A very creative and ingenious way of capturing a beautiful landscape it, helped emphasize on the 4 layered landscape. Very enjoyable one to view Evelynn. :)

Hi Evelynn,

Great night landscape shot, effect of light create an amazing layer of colour, dept and harmony with the sky.The blue layer of hill a nice too, and contrast with the foreground.TFS


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