Mysterious Moving Rock (E-M5/7-14)

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kenw
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Re: Mysterious Moving Rock (E-M5/7-14)

Thanks for taking the time to play with the image!  I've got some shots from a few years ago much like this crop.  It does work well.

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Let me be let's say not negative, but critical. I like your shot very much, that is why I felt a drive to take another perspective.



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kenw
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Thanks everyone!

Thanks to all for looking and commenting!

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Anders W Forum Pro • Posts: 21,466
Re: Mysterious Moving Rock (E-M5/7-14)

Fantastic picture Ken! Hope to be there myself in June. Planning a trip to the Rockies (a couple of weeks) together with my wife, our son and our daughter-in-law. Much looking forward to it. Haven't been there since the late 1970s.

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Re: Mysterious Moving Rock (E-M5/7-14)
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I think Olympus have an attachment to stop your rocks moving around everywhere. I hope that can solve your problem.

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Brent J
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Love it! Will you accept a crop suggestion?

How about cropping off about 1/2 to 2/3 of the dark blue sky at the top of the image? When I clicked on the image and viewed it at 100% I thought it looked better with at little off the top. Just a suggestion. Thanks for sharing.

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Brent J
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Re: Love it! Will you accept a crop suggestion?

How about this version?

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Anders W Forum Pro • Posts: 21,466
Re: Mysterious Moving Rock (E-M5/7-14)

A couple of technical questions out of curiousity since this is a nice example of a shot where sharpness across the frame (from front to back) matters and the way you can best handle the trade-off between DoF and diffraction and between alternative focus points is of some importance: So what f-stop did you use (can't see that from the EXIF info, only the EC), how close would you say the most proximate part of the image is, and where did you place focus?

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Timur Born
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Re: Mysterious Moving Rock (E-M5/7-14)

Wish the right mountain part was a bit less tall, but that's nature, not the photographer. Maybe a bit dark, but overall I love it!

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RoelHendrickx
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What a wonderful photo - MANY reasons
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kenw wrote:

It has been a year since I've been able to take a picture of anything other than my daughter. Past week was out in Death Valley with my brother and nephew. Not really a photo trip, but I one evening I was able to be out at twilight in a nice location with my camera. Result below. This is one of the "moving rocks" on Racetrack Playa in the NW part of the park. Their motion has long been a "mystery", or more accurately a subject of debate. It mostly comes down to slippery mud and very strong wind. C&C always welcome and appreciated (and feel free to actually be critical if you want, no offense will be taken).

I'll be visiting Death Valley in the summer (yes, summer, don't tell me, I know...) of this year.

And I will be over the moon if I return home with one single image half as good as this one.

Many reasons:

* darkness prevails, but we see just enough

* the lizard-skin texture of the ground is visible perfectly

* the phenomenon of the moving rock is illustrated vividly

* the horizon is a stark black silhouette line on the bottom and a nice curvy shape above, in pure black, like the silhouette of someone resting there

* gorgeous colour in the evening sky, complementing perfectly the hues of the ground

* the long part of the track (not the sudden shift to the right) is a great leading line towards the exact spot where the sun has gone to rest for the night, opening a time frame of darkness and more mystery.

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reygon Senior Member • Posts: 2,037
Re: Mysterious Moving Rock (E-M5/7-14)

nice photo. very good post processing to emphasize foreground and background.

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RoelHendrickx
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Hmm, this alternative crop is indeed not bad at all...

Brent J wrote:

How about this version?

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Zaphodz Forum Member • Posts: 75
Wonderful!

Wonderful pic! Composition, colours, light - all great

Cheers - Zaphodz

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eques Senior Member • Posts: 2,701
de-mystification

s_grins wrote:

Let me be let's say not negative, but critical. I like your shot very much, that is why I felt a drive to take another perspective.



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This is a nice composition, too; but all the mystery is gone ...

Peter.

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eques Senior Member • Posts: 2,701
Re: Love it! Will you accept a crop suggestion?

Brent J wrote:

How about cropping off about 1/2 to 2/3 of the dark blue sky at the top of the image? When I clicked on the image and viewed it at 100% I thought it looked better with at little off the top. Just a suggestion. Thanks for sharing.

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RoelHendrickx
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Let me say more

eques wrote:

s_grins wrote:

Let me be let's say not negative, but critical. I like your shot very much, that is why I felt a drive to take another perspective.



From nowhere to a stall

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Looking for equilibrium...

This is a nice composition, too; but all the mystery is gone ...

It does not even come barely close to the original.

Not only all the mystery is gone, but also the context of time and place.

We need to see that this rock is in a vast lonely desert.

And we need to know that it is twilight or it looks underexposed.

This alternative crop is VERY bad (IMHO of course)

Peter.

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Detail Man
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Re: Mysterious Moving Rock (E-M5/7-14)

Very nice light and subject, Ken ! I would bet the "time window" to catch that in was brief.

Najinsky Veteran Member • Posts: 5,739
Is this your rock back in 2005?

Great image all round; capture, subject and processing. It really generates a lot interest, so much that I began looking for other images of the phenomenon, and I came across this link with this image:

It's seems like it's from a slightly different perspective, but given the backdrop and rock shape it looks like it could be your rock from back in 2005. I wonder how much more of it's progress has been capture on camera?

-Najinsky

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It has been a year since I've been able to take a picture of anything other than my daughter. Past week was out in Death Valley with my brother and nephew. Not really a photo trip, but I one evening I was able to be out at twilight in a nice location with my camera. Result below. This is one of the "moving rocks" on Racetrack Playa in the NW part of the park. Their motion has long been a "mystery", or more accurately a subject of debate. It mostly comes down to slippery mud and very strong wind. C&C always welcome and appreciated (and feel free to actually be critical if you want, no offense will be taken).

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tko Forum Pro • Posts: 12,123
great job

I've seen hundreds of photos of these rocks, this is one of the nicer ones. Everything is spot on. I especially like the J-hook at the end. Won't repeat all the other's comments, except that I agree completely

Aquaroid
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A very nice picture and a mystery! Well done!!!

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Re: Is this your rock back in 2005?

Najinsky wrote:

Great image all round; capture, subject and processing. It really generates a lot interest, so much that I began looking for other images of the phenomenon, and I came across this link with this image:

It's seems like it's from a slightly different perspective, but given the backdrop and rock shape it looks like it could be your rock from back in 2005. I wonder how much more of it's progress has been capture on camera?

-Najinsky

kenw wrote:

It has been a year since I've been able to take a picture of anything other than my daughter. Past week was out in Death Valley with my brother and nephew. Not really a photo trip, but I one evening I was able to be out at twilight in a nice location with my camera. Result below. This is one of the "moving rocks" on Racetrack Playa in the NW part of the park. Their motion has long been a "mystery", or more accurately a subject of debate. It mostly comes down to slippery mud and very strong wind. C&C always welcome and appreciated (and feel free to actually be critical if you want, no offense will be taken).

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Seems indeed like it's the one. Amazing.

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