Lonely tombstone

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Comments (7)

jhk on November 10, 2008

This is a new version of this shot, taken in June 2007 in the Valley of Fire. As we were driving, I suddenly saw this lonely tombstone and took a shot. I already liked it at the time, but some rework on the colours and contrast really improved it in my opinion.

If you follow my work, you might have noticed some other recent additions of the Valley of Fire; the series are among my personal favorites. This shot was only taken seconds before the tombstone shot and this one minutes before.

I can highly recommend this place if you find yourself in or around Las Vegas. Especially at sunset it is magnificent, and presents wonderful photo opportunities around every corner.

Tom on November 10, 2008

Really like this composition Justin. The grave marker is so starkly isolated yet strangely it fits in well. The colour and contrast work is top notch. Well done.

Best regards, Tom

jhk on November 10, 2008

Thanks Tom. As always, to receive words of praise on colour from you is a big compliment!

I found the Southwestern desert incredibly mysterious and beautiful. This particular spot seemed a combination of both desolation (particular with that lonely grave marker) and harmony, with all the hills behind each other.

And I keep wondering who is buried there. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to go back some day ;)

Warm regards, Justin

Larry Workman QIN on November 11, 2008

Wonderful shot Justin. I like the stark contrast of the tombstone to all that 'red' landscape. The lighting really makes this one work.

Best regards, Larry

jhk on November 12, 2008

Thanks very much Larry for those kind words. The Valley of Fire at sunset really did justice to its name, with all that red!

Kind regards, Justin

Jurgis Karnavicius on December 8, 2008

This is a great shot Justin, I like the total composition, and colours are really good "working" together... Best regards, Jurgis

jhk on December 8, 2008

Jurgis, thanks for the visit, and for your compliments on this shot. The American deserts are places filled with wonderful colours, and I'm glad you like my effort to convey them.

Kind regards, Justin

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Photo taken in Valley of Fire State Park, Overton, NV 89040, USA

Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 10, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by jhk
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A700
    • Taken on 2007/06/09 18:49:54
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 22.76mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash