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Just sitting out there in the high desert, waiting to be noticed...or not...
(c) Duffy Doherty

Just sitting out there in the high desert, waiting to be noticed...or not...
(c) Duffy Doherty
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11 Comments | Report
donanzinger PRO
 
donanzinger January 15, 2016
Love this Duffy - great find, great shot
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DuffyDoherty January 15, 2016
Thank you Don! I appreciate your encouragement... Keep on shooting!
DaveLoucks PRO+
 
DaveLoucks March 04, 2016
Tonal qualities of this image are inspiring. Subject matter delightful.
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DuffyDoherty March 04, 2016
Thanks Dave. It was freezing cold so the air was really clear. Maybe that helped...
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texaaronpueschel May 04, 2016
Perfect mono. Was this on Route 66.
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DuffyDoherty May 11, 2016
Thank you Tex. It was on off the access road between the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona...
MintOutdoors
 
MintOutdoors May 08, 2016
Old school. my style :)
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DuffyDoherty May 08, 2016
Thank you! At my age that is the only school! ;))
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guitarmanification May 10, 2016
Great Shot I've been there a few times!! Great! JV
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DuffyDoherty September 04, 2016
Thank you! There's something about the air when it's 9 degrees out that brings clarity...to both the photograph and the photographer!
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Byronfairphotography December 10, 2016
Awesome capture. Nice b/w
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DuffyDoherty December 11, 2016
Thank you Byron. I appreciate your kind words! 8^)
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onyanita December 26, 2016
old school...my style too LOL
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DuffyDoherty December 26, 2016
I love "Old School!" 8^) Thank you Sonja!
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jlvia33 January 30, 2017
Its a marker where Rte 66 used to go through the National Park.
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DuffyDoherty January 30, 2017
Exactly right! If you look at Google Maps' Satellite, or Google Earth, you can see the old roadbed still outlined!
gailjdowle
 
gailjdowle February 02, 2018
Very nice! Love junked cars! Best in black and white too. Creates a mood. Well done!
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DuffyDoherty February 02, 2018
Thank you Gail. I love them too! They call to me! :))
SteBil30 PRO
 
SteBil30 February 15, 2020
WOW, how did I ever miss this one???
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DuffyDoherty February 16, 2020
Thank you Stephanie! It marks where the old Route 66 roadbed crosses the access road between the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest National Park
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Cookies4U February 22, 2020
glad you noticed it, Duffy! great shot!
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DuffyDoherty February 23, 2020
Thank you Cookie. I apprecuate your kindness!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo on the connecting road between the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. It is high desert and very remote, so this car was a welcome sight sitting all by itself!
Time
We had gotten an early start that day, and had already seen a good deal of the Painted Desert. I suggested we ride over to see some of the petrified rocks and decide how we wanted to spend the light of the day. This image was taken at approximately 10AM Mountain Standard Time.
Lighting
The day was freezing cold about 9 degrees fahrenheit in the morning and only warming up to about 12 degrees for the day. It was also very windy, with wind chills below zero, consequently the air couldn't hold very much moisture. This, combined with the remote location afforded us extremely clear air! Yay!
Equipment
This was shot handheld on a Nikon D600 with a Nikon 16-35mm F/4 VR lens. No flash was used. I had a rotary polarizer on the lens.
Inspiration
I love shooting old, rusty stuff, and this car just sitting out there in the cold desert air simply called to me. Everyone thought I was crazy since it was so cold out, but I had to get it! (Everyone else stayed in the RV...)
Editing
Just the normal RAW image developing I use, and then I opened it in Nik Silver EFX Pro 2, to carry on with the B&W conversion.
In my camera bag
My bag is packed according to what kind of shooting I plan on doing. If I am doing a portrait I prefer my Nikon D810 and Nikon 85mm F1.4G lens. I have two Nikon SB-700 Speedlites that I bring along with a reflector kit and tripod If I'm out walking around or hiking I carry two bodies, my Nikon D600 and D810, and four lenses: Nikon 16-35MM F/4, Nikon 24-70mm F2.8G, Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art and Nikon 70-200mm F/4. I honestly wish could carry four bodies, one with each of these lenses, because I hate changing lenses out in the dry, dusty Southwest. I try to figure out which two of these four will suit my purposes best and see how it goes. I prefer to shoot handheld. I do carry a tripod because sometimes they are needed/desired/wanted/necessary...!
Feedback
To me the closer you can get to the subject the better. Less air between you and your subject means less moisture, particulates or whatever the air is carrying to alter the light of your shot. This means I shoot wide a lot. Obviously the 70-200 is for times when I can't necessarily get close enough to a waterfall or other subject matter with my other lenses, but that is the only reason I carry it. The Sigma 50 gives me the really narrow DOF when I want that, and honestly it is an astonishing lens and the sharpest by far I have ever used. It is sharp enough to slice your retina if you're not careful! ;)

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