We're going back to the desert tonight for this photo of an old derelict abandoned at an old gold processing mill at Joshua Tree National Park. I hiked about 1.5miles back to this old mill, but the mill itself was not that interesting. Along the way, there were a number of old cars that were left there after the place closed sometime back in the '60s I think.
If you read my post yesterday, you know I'm starting to learn Photoshop CS6, so I brought this one in to Photoshop to play around with some colors and contrast isolated on the car. I almost went a little hog wild and started thinking about mixing color and B&W in the same photo, but decided to come back off the ledge and keep it... well not exactly real, but not too crazy. Enjoy.
I had plans of getting up at 3:30am this morning and driving to a location I scouted here on the island for a sunrise shoot. Unfortunately, due to various factors I didn't get home until 11pm last night and just didn't have the energy to move when the alarm went off. I did get up at 5:30, just as the sun was coming over the ocean and it was epic; I missed out on a great opportunity. I will try again tomorrow morning, hopefully the opportunity will not have passed. In the interim, I will post another sunrise image I made at Joshua Tree National Park a few weeks ago. I call it:
I got up early my last day at Joshua Tree and wanted to get a photos of the Cocina Cactus area. I arrived early and walked around to find the best location to capture the sunrise. I took photos from several different places but this is my favorite because the light seems to come in and light a couple outcroppings of the cacti. I'll include another photo from the area below.
After a long hike to reach the 49 Palms Oasis in Joshua Tree Nat'l Park, I decided to relax on a rock in this beautiful shaded area. As I layed down, I looked up and saw this composition. Out came the camera.
Here are a couple more photos from the oasis. The one directly below I show because it's so disturbing. It really bothers me when people deface beautiful things. You can see all the carvings in the tree; it's just so useless and destructive of the natural look of God's beauty. In addition, you can see how the trunk has been burned. Apparently, this oasis caught on fire due to an illegal campfire some years ago. Fortunately, palm trees are very hardy and they survived.