Joshua Tree National Park – Dusty Trail

A number of my photog friends have posted some pretty amazing shots of desert landscapes with a road as a foreground element, so I decided I’d give it a go while I was in Joshua Tree. I composed three or four shots like this at various locations around the park, and I think I like this one best.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 10mm, F 7.1, ISO 100, 1/800 sec

Jim Denham - March 23, 2011 - 7:17 am

Nicely done. Love how the road runs on and on!

Tim Gibson - March 23, 2011 - 7:19 am

Love the washed out colortones, reminds me a bit of my drive on Big Island – except everything was black!

Jesse Pafundi - March 23, 2011 - 7:39 am

Really enjoy how you didnt go the usual compose-in-the-middle route. Love the framing and harsh processing.

Chris Nitz - March 23, 2011 - 7:53 am

Love the framing on this!! I feel like I need a dune buggy this week! I’m really liking the processing your using on all these images this week.

Steve Beal - March 23, 2011 - 8:39 am

I agree with Jesse – I am digging the shoulder perspective, it works really well. It’s really cool how the white line gets cut off and the wind-blown sand covering the road in the distance, this image speaks volumes!

murphyz - March 23, 2011 - 8:51 am

I adore these long straight road shots with the yellow lines as it’s something I just don’t see in the UK. I’m also a sucker for the ‘straight down the middle’ shots, but am glad you tried something a little different. Love how the road bumps up and down appearing to dive under the sand towards the horizon.

Adam Olson - March 23, 2011 - 9:18 am

Nicely done Heath! I really enjoy the shoulder shot a lot! A unique frame! Nailed it!

Brian Furbush - March 23, 2011 - 9:58 am

Well…there’s another Joshua Tree winner for you! The subtle vignette works for me, along with the (as echoed above) harsh processing & composition.

Brian Matiash - March 23, 2011 - 11:22 am

Another solid addition to this series, man. Love what you’re doing with it. Some Blue Dawn Leonidas?

Barbara Youngleson - March 23, 2011 - 12:44 pm

You’ve very effectively achieved a feeling of desolation. But what’s up with that broken white line? More questions than answers in this beautiful image story.

Mark Blundell - March 23, 2011 - 4:32 pm

rocking composition and as the others have said, the off centre works very well indeed.

Tanya - March 24, 2011 - 11:00 am

Dude! The open road, endless possibilities! Nice one