It's a posting frenzy! I am trying to catch up here, people.
Last Sunday, dark and early, we headed out to Valley of Fire State Park, via Northshore Road in Lake Mead NRA. Now, photography people are big on sunrises and sunsets. Anyone who has ever watched one or the other can figure this one out: The light is softer, hits things in interesting ways and often has a reddish or yellowish tint that makes for great pictures. If you know what you're doing. I, quite simply, don't and it shows. Not much to show out of this batch, I need to go back to my books and figure out how to get the lighting right.
Some pictures of rock patterns came out ok, but I dunno, it's pictures of rocks. I may work on some of these at some point, but on the other hand a little may go a long way.
Some of the petroglyph pictures also came out ok, but it's kind of the same problem as the rocks. It's interesting, but seriously, how many pictures do you need to see to get the idea?
So we got three good pictures out of the deal. Eh, it's not like I get paid for this either way, you know? Anyway, here are the first two. These were actually taken near Lake Mead, just after this fellow ran across the road ahead of us. I don't think I would have spotted him otherwise, they really blend into the desert.
This was really the only closeup that turned out decent. The light was pretty, but there wasn't really enough of it for a camera hanging out the window of a truck pulled off the road. Oh well, at least we got one good shot.
Last but not least, the glowing tree. This was in Valley of Fire, near Mouse's Tank. The sun was hitting it just right and it looked like it was glowing. I'm not actually as thrilled with this one downsized for posting, it's lost a lot of detail, but you can at least get the idea.
All in all we had a fun trip. Sometimes finding out what we don't understand about the camera yet is the best we can hope for out of any given outing. It's all a learning experience anyway, and there's nothing wrong with having an excuse to spend a day in a really beautiful place.