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Dixie Valley, NV (colored version added)

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by seabee1999, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. Last week sometime, I decided to take a drive out into the desert. There were some storms moving from the southwest near my town. I tried to follow them a little to see where they were at. I stopped at a small ATV turnoff road near Rt. 50 and drove into the desert a bit. I noticed a bluff, about 300 feet off the ground, near where I was at and climbed to it to shoot a few shots to the north. I was at Dixie Valley. This is the training valley where our fighter planes make low level practice runs. None were flying that day but is neat to see the valley from this vantage point.

    God Bless,
    David

    D1x and 20mm

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  2. Had a few looks but have had neither a positive or negative comment. Both images are low rez. If a higher rez is needed, I can redo the saving process for that. Enjoy.

    God Bless,
    David

    D1x and 20mm

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  3. BFAmajor

    BFAmajor

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    Apr 2, 2009
    MI
    I like the 2nd one better. I wish I could tell you why, but to me its more appealing in color.

    Do they allow people out there during their fly overs? Would be a great opportunity for some cool shots of the planes.
     
  4. Thanks for looking and commenting David. I like b&w, but sometimes certain things tend to be better in color. Maybe this scene is one of those instances. As for the planes flying overhead, I have never been able to see that. I know there are people who congregate at some of the roadsides of the ranges here to watch the flights.

    God Bless,
    David
     
  5. RFCGRAPHICS

    RFCGRAPHICS

    Apr 30, 2005
    Wonderful composition of tones and textures in the BW which I prefer to the color. Its hazy hot and humid in NYC. This image is a welcomed view :) 
     
  6. Thanks RFC. Where I was at when this image was taken was rather breezy and cool. Sorry to heat the triple H's are hitting NYC. Hopefully it will cool down for you all shortly.

    God Bless,
    David
     
  7. I much prefer the B&W shot, but seems to be lacking contrast or some pop for a B&W shots? Maybe I just don't know what I am talking about...
     
  8. I think you may be correct Eric. I will play with the image later tonight and see what I get. Thanks for the idea.

    God Bless,
    David
     
  9. User

    User

    593
    Mar 23, 2009
    Nevada
    Great shots! I especially like the B&W. I was camping just south of there around Desatoya Peak last week.

    NV is such a photogenic state.
     
  10. Thanks for looking. I have been to the are you camped out at. It is very pretty through there. Thanks for looking.

    God Bless,
    David
     
  11. Bright Angel

    Bright Angel Guest

    I like them both :smile:
     
  12. I prefer the color version. Looks like 35mm film :smile:
     
  13. Thanks Mark.

    Thank you Dez. I like the D1x. The camera seems to give a classic film look each time.

    God Bless,
    David
     
  14. Ron S

    Ron S Guest

    I really like the second one too, the tone and color is subtle but really nice
     
  15. Gotta say that I like both of the pics Band W and the colour. They both have different feels to them.
    I was interested to see from your link that the USNavy bought out the Ranchers so they could fly unencumbered through the area. Thanks for the background info.
    Barb
     
  16. David: I do like the b&w version of the photograph but agree with Desert Rat, the picture lacks contrast.
    In my humble opinion, the composition needs improvement. The foreground needs cropping to eliminate dead space and to pay more attention to those structures that look like little mountains to me.
    They are low resolution images and I am quite sure that better resolution will make them spectacular.

    William Rodriguez
    Miami, Florida.
     
  17. menbrial

    menbrial

    Apr 30, 2006
    colorado
    the black and white will do it for me
     
  18. Thank you Ron.

    Thanks for looking and commenting Barb. The history of the area is pretty neat as well. There are some ranchers who still use the area from time to time though, especially at the extreme north end of the valley.

    Thanks William. I think that I will return to the same spot and see if I can a different compostion with a different focal length. This weekend there is the possibility of storms again. I just might go after work on Friday. As for the contrast, I will see what I can do.

    Thanks Jean Luc.

    God Bless,
    David
     
  19. User

    User

    593
    Mar 23, 2009
    Nevada
    It can sometimes be hard to find contrast in NV, given the large expanses of similar vegetation. On the picture, I personally appreciated the wash in the foreground, but i could see how others could see it as just "dead space." Most people see all of NV outside Clark Co as "dead space." :biggrin:

    You could always try putting something close to you in the foreground or looking for areas with stark changes in veg. This photo was taken in a burned area just north of Lime Mtn (the Mtn in the photo). A unburned island of juniper trees kinda framed the peak.

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    Working outside in NV, i can tell you fly overs are common on public lands...especially in some areas. Most days you don't see much...or anything...maybe a single distant dogfight with flares. Other days I have seen 50+ cargo planes flying evasively below mountain top level with fighter escorts for hours. The were right above me and the escorts def buzzed me to check me out. Or another time there were 100+ planes flying high in formations of 2-8 planes coming in wave after wave for hours.
     
  20. Thank for your suggestion and help in this manner. I did try to locate a forground object to use to help anchor this image. The unfortunate thing was where I photographed at, there were no trees or shrubs and the largest pieces of rock were the size of my lunch pale. I do plan to go back there again, perhaps Friday, to shoot the smae area. Maybe there was something I missed or just didn't look hard enough. I'll post what I find later on.

    God Bless,
    David
     
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