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Feb 13, 2011 • 12 comments • 3055 views

While hiking at midnight in Death Valley National Park this January, a single plant under moon light inspired me with its strength of life.  Desert, the last place for human to live, could be the perfect place for some kinds of plant.


I used Canon EOS 7D and Sigma zoom lens.  ISO 1600, 43s, f5.6. There were only a few adjustments in the post processing.

The challenge  was the stars are always moving. In order to freeze motion, I had to limit the exposure time to less than 45 seconds. Low ISO was therefore impossible. But higher ISO would also increase the noise level, I had to find the point where the noise level was acceptable and the exposure was suficient.

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Feb Challenge

Paint With Light

Like this photograph? This work was posted as part of our current creative contest. The Convozine February Challenge is to create a single photograph on the theme: "The Last Place". If you like this work, please give awards to the writer (upper left above the title).

On February 28th 2011, the most awarded entry will win the Readers' Choice prize (US$500). In addition, three entries will win Editors' picks awards ($1000 in total).

For more details and instructions: http://convozine.com/conversations/8580
02.13.11 •
Good composition! I don't mind the high noise level if it is for a good purpose! It even adds some natural feeling to the image. Good luck!
02.16.11 •
comment deleted: 02.16.11
Thanks! yes, there are some good samples of that good purpose. Some people even add noise to create special style.
02.16.11 •
Just an unreal shot, William!
02.18.11 •
Thank you Douglas!
09.03.11 •
Love this one!
03.06.11 •
Thank you Guy!
09.03.11 •
me gusta lo que haces y como manejas la tecnica.
09.02.11 •
Thank you Jorge!
09.03.11 •
What a shot! How come I have not seen it before? Will you please post it to the "Paint with Light" zine - it is just right for that... :)
01.14.12 •
Yes, thank you Anna!
01.14.12 •
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