A contemplative photo journey amongst the boulders

I’m finally back home and after my first webinar, I’ve had some time to reflect on the Joshua Tree experience. After looking at these images for a little while, I find them more interesting in B&W…

Soft focus rock

The great rocks have a primordial feel to them

I’ve been playing around with the Lensbaby images in Lightroom using some exaggerated  contrast settings. The unusual mackie-lines, posterization, faux solarization effects and a warm-cool split tone lend the images an antique feel. I’ve played around with this before with some nudes and I’m starting to see a new style emerging. This needs further exploration…

Abstract soft focus rock form

The Lensbaby creates a dreamy surrealistic effect

Photographing with the Lensbaby is an adventure – you never quite know what to expect even though you can see an instant preview on camera’s LCD screen – once you start playing around in post you can often discover really magical images…

Of course I couldn’t stay with the Lensbaby the whole time – the sheer solid power of the rocks calls out for an ultra-sharp treatment with a more normal lens. I had the Canon 5D mk2 with a 24-70 zoom and a 16-35 zoom. I was switching between all three for a while but then found myself gravitating to the super-wide 16-35 for most of the adventure…

Rock Wall

The 16-35 zoom was great for capturing a massive rock wall from a very close distance.

Textured Rock Wall

Extreme contrast plus clarity in Lightroom helped emphasize the texture of this rock

Barren Tree

The rocks were not the only worthy subjects

I uploaded a selection of Joshua Tree images to my Flickr account here:


The next photo adventure took me back in time 500 years to the current middle ages at the SCA event “Kings Hunt” stay tuned for photos from that event…