Intersection Rock, Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree National Park

An example of the Mojave Desert experiencing it's fall color. I was leading a night photography and light painting workshop over the past weekend here. We experienced all kinds of weather that we took advantage of such as the mist in the air seen in this photograph. It was from what I was used to seeing at Joshua Tree and knew it would have a painterly feel to the unique scene. Christina had come out to visit the evening before and after a late dinner we walked around Twenty-Nine Palms (aka the Oasis of Murals) in the light rain enjoying the many murals along the main street of small desert town. Perhaps a thought while I was creating this image, is I was thinking if I could create a mural of my own it would look like this. My brother John is an artist and was a well compensated one at one time. He has done quite a few murals in his lifetime but just not lately. So this one is for him!

About the Processing: It's a 2 shot panorama and shooting it at dawn after the rain gave it the cool tones. The camera was set to landscape in capture and for the most part besides burning the edges I just added a little contrast to the shrubs in the foreground. Finding mood and the timing is what made the scene.

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