The sky was hazy and partially cloudy yesterday evening. I am told that that there is a lot of haze in the air because dust is blowing over from the Sahara region. This is not the first time this has happened, but I decided I would see about some hazy landscape pictures.
was initially thinking black and white, but I just didn’t like the way that looked. Instead I heavily desaturated the greens in the bottom half of the picture so I could keep the yellow in the sky in the top half. The greens are really over-powering without the desaturation.
Below is a photo shot at 20mm followed by a similar one shot at 16mm. I kind prefer the 16mm as there is more framing. But the sun behind the clouds shows better in the 20mm shot. These are both single exposures with no fancy merging.
I also spent a lot of time bringing out the texture of the gnarly juniper branches in the foreground, which meant mainly masking and enhancing the contrast in that area. I really wanted those gray tree branches there for some interesting detail. There is also the hiking trail in the mid-ground, but you have to hunt for it. The photos I took from the other side of the tree seemed kind of boring to me, so I hope these are more interesting. I went back and forth on whether or not to post these at all as I am not sure that they are that great.
The sun went behind the cloud bank on the horizon and I haven’t seen it since, so there was no beautiful sunset to wait around for.
Nikon D750 and 16-35mm f/4 lens.