Saturday, March 30, 2013

Joshua Tree National Park - Lumix In The Desert

 
Prickly, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 20mm f1.7 Lens
iso 160, f4.5, 1/500 sec
 
Desolate, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 20mm f1.7 Lens
iso 160, f5.6, 1/250 sec
 
The detail in the twisted tree in the foreground contrasts nicely with the smooth, weather-worn cliffs. The dry riverbed gives the eye something to follow.
Namesake Joshua Trees, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 100-300mm f4-5.6 Lens at 162mm
iso 200, f8, 1/160 sec
 
The space between features at Joshua Tree makes composition a challenge. In this case, I decided to shoot from afar with the 100-300mm, to compress the Joshua Trees a little closer together in perspective.
 
I decided to put the 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit on and shoot some macros:
 
Wood Detail, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Pana-Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit
iso 200, f5.6, 1/25 sec
 
 
Monarch's Demise, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Pana-Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit
iso 200, f5.6, 1/30 sec

 
Radial, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Pana-Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit
iso 200, f4, 1/320 sec
 
Miniature Flower, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Pana-Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit
iso 200, f4, 1/200 sec

 
Skeleton, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Pana-Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit
iso 200, f11, 1/60 sec
 
Wherever there is water, life abounds. These are fan palms at a small spring.
Fan Palms, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 100-300mm f4-5.6 Lens at 300mm
iso 200, f5.6, 1/200 sec
 
Ocotillo, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Pana-Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit
iso 200, f4.5, 1/800 sec

My trip was a little early in the year for the short-lived desert bloom. The ocotillo (above) was well on its way, though.
 
The desert is an amazing place to shoot. It's challenging. You really have to tune in to see what to photograph. I find it stimulating. It stretches me beyond my normal shooting situations, which is always a good thing.
 
 
Earth's Spine, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14mm f2.5 Lens
iso 200, f5.6, 1/640 sec


Split Rock, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14mm f2.5 Lens
iso 200, f11, 1/320 sec

 
Window To The Horizon, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14mm f2.5 Lens
iso 200, f11, 1/200 sec
Wispy Clouds, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14mm f2.5 Lens
iso 200, f8, 1/320 sec
 
 
This little guy is called a side-blotched lizard:
Side-Blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana), by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 100-300mm f4-5.6 Lens at 300mm
iso 200, f8, 1/1600 sec
 
Even though it was only about 75 degrees fahrenheit on this day, as the sun rose directly overhead at mid-day, it was brutal. I got sunburned much more quickly than I expected. I also stepped off the trail, and got myself into a walk several miles longer than planned. The desert is no place to mess around. Stay on the trail. Period.
 
Mid-day Shadows, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14mm f2.5 Lens
iso 160, f16, 1/200 sec
 
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of the desert. I will take any opportunity to go back and shoot here again.
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