Friday, January 1, 2016

Window to the West - Joshua Tree National Park sunset

Here is a fitting first image for 2016. I see it as a look-through into the New Year. I have a ton of queued photos and can’t wait to share them all. This is a shot of the pink ruins of Wonderland Ranch in Joshua Tree. The pink brick made an interesting natural frame and provided some nice contrasting colors so I used it to frame the sun setting behind the rocks. Used 2 exposures, one for the land and one for the sky and had to use luminosity masks to blend them as there were a lot of intricate objects in line with the sky. FYI, the ISO is pushed up a bit because it was windy and the Joshua Trees were moving quite a bit.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, ISO-400, f/16, 1/200 (sky) and 1/40 (land).

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Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography
Landscape and Wildlife photography