Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Contender LeAnn Bradford

American Landscape contest Contender LeAnn Bradford is struck by a single soul amidst the desolate Death Valley Racetrack

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Photographer: LeAnn Bradford

Death Valley California, The Racetrack

When did you take the photograph? September 13th, 2012

Canon EOS Mark III, Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM lens, Polarizer filter, hand held

Describe how you got this photo.
During a Canon photo workshop in Death Valley we drove to The Racetrack a few hours before sunset. I turned around and saw the sun starting to set behind the mountain. I had no time to set up the tripod and only a few seconds to get the shot. I got as low as possible lying on my side holding myself, I found the composition I liked and held my breath.

Did you use any special techniques?
I applied DOF, focusing a few feet pass the rock at f22 for the starburst.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
This photo was taken on my first visit to The Racetrack where I was able to witness firsthand the wonders of the American Landscape. I believe the photograph shows a different perspective of The Racetrack. It shows how desolate and lonely the area is. Then you look closely at the rock and see this face figure staring up towards the sky as if it's looking for something. All of a sudden this eerie feeling fills the air. This rock now seems to have a soul, a personality moving ever so slowly across the vast dry lakebed, sunset after sunset searching for its final destination.


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