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Archive for December 22, 2009

Tumbling Hoodoos

This image was made on my way home from a trip to the Bisti Badlands. It is actually right on Hwy. 550. I was standing not thirty feet from the edge of the highway when I released the shutter. I had noticed this area several times in the past, and thought it would make a good photo; but, sometimes it’s hard to overcome the inertia of a vehicle moving along at 70 mph!

The large brown boulders at one time were the caprocks of hoodoos which have, over the ages, deteriorated to a point at which they could no longer hold the weight of the rocks. So, down they came. I know this because there are more hoodoos close by that are still intact with their caprocks balanced jauntily on top.

Equipment: Nikon D200, Nikkor 17–35 mm zoom lens, circular polarizer, Bogen tripod.

Camera Settings: f 22, 1/4th sec, -0.33 EV, ISO 100.

Processing: Contrast, exposure, clarity, vibrance, and saturation adjustments in Lightroom, Curves adjustment in Photoshop