Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Giant Moon & Other Phenomena!

I never quite finished my post about the Mystery Cabins hike that I posted a couple weeks ago. I got you out to the cabins and showed you around, but didn't bring you back! The hike back was productive from a photography point of view. The sun was setting and late afternoon/early evening is my favorite time for desert photography. 

Hiking around Joshua Tree, you sometimes feel like you've stepped back in time... perhaps to the Jurassic period when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Or even like you've left planet Earth altogether and are seeing the landscape on another planet! Sounds crazy, but you have to trust me on this one. With that in mind, I also had some fun in Photoshop editing these photos, adding giant moons and "other-worldly" edits. Hope you like them!


A stately old Joshua Tree. Not sure why this one is so much bigger than all his friends in the area, but he was calling to me to take his picture! He might be one of those 800 year old Joshua Trees they've documented in the Park!

Impossibly large moon... what planet am I on??



 You gotta love these old dusty desert roads! This one appeared not to have been walked on or driven on in quite some time. There were a lot of animal tracks, however.


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47 comments:

  1. Yes, I do like them a lot!!
    It really looks like you are in another far away planet!!
    : )

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  2. It was nice seeing all your pictures of trees, roads and beautiful big sun:)

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  3. Oh my, oh my, oh my. Such a beautiful area. Such a haunting area - with or without your photoshop additions.

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  4. It's a really astonishing area. It's very unsettling to have such a huge moon hanging overhead!

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  5. Incredible beautiful as always. I wonder if the big moon is just still made a bit more bigger in some photo's but still a stunning effect.

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  6. It just looks unreal!

    "Impossibly large moon... what planet am I on??"

    I think I see Luke and R2 in the distance there...

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  7. Very artistic editing, I like these. That first image is amazing!

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  8. I love your adventures and your photography and editing skillz both.

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  9. It's just such an incredible place and you are 'over the moon' to be able to live right next door!
    Fantastic photos and fun edits!

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  10. Gorgeous photography and wonderfully edited ~ what a place! ^_^

    (A ShutterBug Explores)

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  11. Beautiful photos and edits - some great ideas here.

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  12. I really love those big moons you've edited in! Wonderful shots.

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  13. OMG they are fantastic shots at least three of them look like screen shots from Star Wars , brilliant.
    All the best , Gordon.

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  14. Oh my, you should win some kind of prize for these edited moon images. They are just stunning. I love the Joshua trees and the "moon" landscapes. Great post. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and the Labor Day weekend!

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  15. Photoshop or not, dazzling shots. They are as good as any painting you'd want to hang up. My PS pics sure as hell don't look like this. The moon shots, ab fab, but I have to mention how well you've worked in an almost fantasy color on the second shot to make it a happy and foreboding beauty. Animal tracks, shudder.

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  16. Agreed. These edited moon images in the Joshua Tree Forest are top notch and should earn a prize or two or three. You are an amazing talented photographer for sure.

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  17. Wonderful effects. This is my first time on your blog and your shots are terrific. We lived in Gilbert, AZ for three years and I always found the desert to be such an amazingly beautiful place.

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  18. love your edits, especially 4, 7 & 8. love the textures too.

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  19. What great editing Peter. I would never have known if you hadn't told us. Usually I prefer the unedited but you have taken a stunning photo and added effects that make you wonder what planet you are on. Love them all.

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  20. Wonderful desert pictures! I've spent a lot of time at Death Valley but mostly just driven through Joshua Tree. Your edits have given it an especially magical beauty.

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  21. Marvelous photos and editing of these beuatiful old trees. I never saw them really, but they are very impressive.
    Best, Synnöve

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  22. Gorgeous photos! Love the muted colors! You were correct about the tree in my post...it was a pine tree with vines growing on it.

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  23. Beautifully edited photos. It does look like another planet and I love the size of the moon. Great work!

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  24. Well, if you're going to take us somewhere and not bring us back for a while, Joshua Tree is an amazing place to be marooned for a while. But your pictures are wonderful and so I'm glad you brought us back! We've said the same thing you did about JT -- it does feel like being in another world -- even the easier, more common hikes that we've taken.

    Thank you for sharing the natural beauty and your flights of fantasy -- I loved it all.

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  25. They are beautiful Pete! You are very creative and a top notch photographer.

    Speaking of your photography, I just used one of your photos (one with me in it) in my blog header.
    There is also a photo credit and link to your blog at the top of the right sidebar.

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  26. cool! You like large moons that is easy to see. :) It is a wonderful place and your imagery makes the best of it I think.

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  27. Cool shots and I like your editing too.

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  28. Those moon photos are just simply amazing!

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  29. I love your creative editing! We have sunrise but not sunset photo ops because our lake faces east and then all to the west is obscured by development. Better than our home in NM, when we were in a valley with mountains to both the east and west. The sun simply turned on and off as if switched!

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  30. OMG these pictures tho!!!!!! Does it get better than that? Nice capture my friend. =) It does look like another time period for sure! =)

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  31. There is also a photo credit and link to your blog at the top of the right sidebar.


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  32. Superb photos of the Joshua trees, something we do not have here

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  33. Wow! Love those "special effects" especially the other worldly ones with the big moons.

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  34. Peter,

    I love your photo-edits, especially those with the impossible big moon! You made me feel like we were on another planet. Can you imagine that? That photo could be used for a book cover. I really like it! Great SWF contributions! I joined the fun for the first time in eons and you're welcome to catch a peek at my share, here whenever you get a sec. Have a fabulous day, my friend!

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