Joshua Tree National Park – Dried Up

This week I’ll be sharing 5 images from my time in Joshua Tree National Park. Similar to the Salton Sea series, each of these photos will be processed in the same fashion, but unlike the previous series, all shots will be presented in a square crop. Using mobile apps like Instagram, Hipstamatic, and 100 Cameras in 1 have made me think in square crops a lot more, and I find myself liking the 1:1 aspect ratio more and more.

Today’s shot is from the first afternoon we spent in Joshua Tree. I’ve said this before, but the desert landscape was so alien to me, I couldn’t stop snapping shots of all the cool rock formations and desert vegetation. I hope you all enjoy going on a short journey through the park with me this week.

Canon EOS 50D, SIgma 10-20mm f/3.5, 10mm, F 16, ISO 100, 1/80 sec

Chris Nitz - March 21, 2011 - 7:43 am

There should be a dude up there carving out a new stone sculpture! I love the sky and the jet trail in the clouds. Great shot!

Rick - March 21, 2011 - 7:50 am

Love this place!

Jesse Pafundi - March 21, 2011 - 8:09 am

Really like the “harsh” treatment to the shot. Works perfectly for a desert like landscape. Dig the square as well.

Brian Matiash - March 21, 2011 - 8:13 am

Really interesting point you make about being influenced by the crop of iPhone photography apps (pun intended) being used more and more. With that said, it’s best when it is used effectively and you did a really nice job of that here.

I agree with Jesse, the harsh treatment works well here, too.

Scott Frederick - March 21, 2011 - 8:21 am

I love your vision on this national park. Looking forward to this weeks images and agree with your square crop way of thinking. 🙂

James Brandon - March 21, 2011 - 8:41 am

Great image as usual Heath. Can’t wait for the next 4.

Steve Beal - March 21, 2011 - 8:48 am

The 1:1 works really well, looking forward to the series. I am addicted to iPhone photo-apps and love how far image quality has come – and where it’s going.

Chris Kenison - March 21, 2011 - 9:30 am

Def. love how you’re processing these, Heath. Great job!

Bob Lussier - March 22, 2011 - 10:12 am

Love it. Big fan of the 1:1 crop as well.

Brian Furbush - March 22, 2011 - 11:32 am

Like this a lot…the processing against the deep blue sky really adds to the “alien-ness” of this shot.

Rob - March 23, 2011 - 12:13 pm

This is excellent. It looks like a giant rock crashed up through the ground on the right side of the photo.

Epic scenery homey.

Rob - March 24, 2011 - 2:19 pm

Haha… now my comment just makes no sense.. But you know what i was saying.