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 By: tom rumland  
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Photographer tom rumland  tom rumland {Karma:14874}
Project #42 Moody Landscape Camera Model Nikon D100
Categories Abstracts
Film Format
Portfolio geology
death valley
Lens Nikon  18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D AF
Uploaded 4/20/2004 Film / Memory Type Hitachi 2GB Microdrive
    ISO / Film Speed 0
Views 1538 Shutter 1/500
Favorites Aperture f/8.0
Critiques 18 Rating
/ 9 Ratings
Location City -  Death Valley
Country - United States   United States
About badwater saltflats - death valley, ca. this is a shot from the middle of the saltpan looking north. the funny things on the right of the frame are bits of a weather station, namely a light meter (top) and anemometer (to measure windspeed). this is where all the water that enters death valley ends up, provided it doesn't evaporate along the way. what's left when it evaporates is the dry lakebed. a vast expanse of (wet) salt that is miles long, a mile wide at it's widest (right here, btw), and 2000 feet thick. i could go on for hours so i leave the interpretation of the title to you.

HEAVY PS USE WARNING: i'm not chnging my mo, i just kinda went nuts experimenting with CS's NEF import filter. it's like a photo lab in a dialog box. incredible! used desplecke filter for reduction of noise incurred during +3EV exposure compensation. actual photo data: 1/350 @ f/9.5 ISO 200 w/polarizer. what do you guys think?
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There are 18 Comments in 1 Pages
Manu    Manu     {K:13082} 10/22/2004
Great looking shot....can feel the heat from here!
Personally I would get rid of the aerial things..

Well done



James Martin   {K:171} 6/19/2004
As usual, your post shows a keen eye and an excellent mental picture that execute well together. Top drawer stuff..



Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 5/21/2004
so.. I understood!!!
but I have a "mooduylandscape - project" in my portfolio..
thanks for all dear Tom!


tom rumland tom rumland   {K:14874} 5/20/2004
roby, thanks!! but i was only on the main page as part of the current project. the "current project" main photo changes at random everytime the main page is accessed. try it. it's fun!! ;^)

take care,


Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 5/20/2004
the 1? comment is mine.. and also the last?!?!
no.. is the start!!
my congrats
for the main..


Terry McCully   {K:9221} 5/19/2004
Thanks so much for your comments on my Grist Mill shot Tom... means alot to me.. this is fantastic too... I do not think that you went too far with the import filter at all... I like it


Martin Ziaja   {K:504} 5/18/2004
Wonderful composition! Regards, Martin


Todd Miller   {K:16464} 4/30/2004
TOM! this is a wonderful image. definitely my favorite that i've seen of your work. it's got a great futuristic mood. ever read cat's cradle? looks like ice 9 has been released here...

the composition is great, the colors also. really a top notch work all around. bravo!


Maja Gligoric Maja Gligoric   {K:13528} 4/21/2004
Simple and interesting.
Good work!
Those things on right side disturbing,but rest is great.


John Lamb   {K:9687} 4/21/2004
Hi Tom, I have used Neatimage for a while now and find it does a good job. The earlier versions were a bit slow but now with the version 4 upgrade the speed and processing is much improved.I like that it works on 16 bit images as I shot mostly in RAW. I think that a lot of digital images are too sharp and now I ad a layer and a small blur. I then change the blend mode to soft light and take the opacity way down. I find this takes off the 'digital edge' and gives a better result ffor images posted on the web.

I use the Healing Brush to remove dust marks etc instead of the Clone Tool. The results are more subtle.

Regards John


* James * * James *   {K:20200} 4/20/2004
interesting photo. at first glance i thought i was looking at an icefield on a mountaintop plateau.


tom rumland tom rumland   {K:14874} 4/20/2004
hi john, thank you for the excellent comment. i agree with the spots (i've been meaning to clean my CCD but i'm just working up the courage ;^)). sounds like this guy deserves a bit more attention. one question though, i used the despeckle filter twice on this to remove noise. i didn't want to give it that PS sheen you see on a few photo's so i stopped there. is there are better way or an additional filter/effect i can use to achieve this without making the result look too "fake"? any advise would be greatly appreciated.

thanks again for the wonderful comment,

BTW - does anyone know if the "excellent" link works yet? i've recently found occasion to use it a few times. i'm just not sure what it does just yet.


tom rumland tom rumland   {K:14874} 4/20/2004
Hugo, no worries. i played prior to reading the next comment (john's). to be honest i thought you cropped it to lose that bit of schmutz below the anemometer. i thought it was a crop because i noticed the little cloud just above the right side mountains was missing. then i saw change number 2 and i was a bit confused because you had obviously moved the anemometer up and it was covering the cloud. i was also wondering how you had cropped it and managed to keep the frame intact ;^)

very nice! i like yours a lot. definitely cleans it up a bit and brings out the instrument. i tried shooting this from a kneeling position but it was distorting the horizon. even though i love wide angle distortions it didn't look right here. maybe taking a few steps back would've done the trick. btw, didn't know you were such a PS weenie! great work!

thanks for the wonderful and constructive comment! i'm also very happy you like it. i was apprehensive to post this as i had no idea how it would be received. i fully expected a different crowd to comment on this one. ;^)

take care,


Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/20/2004
Hi John, I did not crop the image, only moved the windex a bit up, and placed in the sky....;o) I cloned out the other parts on the right side.

You've got a point with the noise, though.



(PS: Sorry, Tom, there goes the spot the difference game...;o)


John Lamb   {K:9687} 4/20/2004
A stunner. I agree with Hugo re the crop off the right hand side. The strong horizon lne of the salt pan mirrored in the horizontal apparatus is very appealing. The colours are perfect but I think less noise in the sky and a tidy up of the dust spots would make this a 10+. Impressive work, regards John


Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/20/2004
What do I think? Top Notch, Tom!

This one has it all, but in terms of our recent discussion, the Tension is there, with a captital T. Very similar to the "racetrack stone" shot, but this time increased by the contrast between a human made "techie" thing (weatherstation) and the vastness of the salt plains / lakebed. Beautifully exposed, with fantastic patterns in the salt.

Only one small suggestion, see attachments, as one image tells more than a thousand words....;o) No worries, words will follow.

(Spot the differences, there are 2 of them....;) The purpose is to make the lightmeter stand out a bit stronger, and although this is what I consider messing with reality, again, a lower camera position would've probably resulted in a similar effect.

Outstanding job, i'm very, *VERY* impressed.... Amaising view.




Raoul Endres   {K:2676} 4/20/2004
Looks very well saturated in the blues - which worls here.

The exposure is good - there is just enough detail in the white to give it texture, and you get those lovely blues f the sky.

Well done.


Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 4/20/2004
hi Tom
a perfect linearity in the execution of this photo the contrast of the sky with the subject white men is much right one!
one constructive choice a lot very studied. those created "empty" sky spaces are much good also.






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