Just a few moments after I took the image on my previous post the sun popped over the ridge and lit up Zabriskie Point. The point seemed like it was on fire. The subtle tonalities were severely washed out. I had to add a lot of structure in NIK Viveza and tonal contrast in NIK ColorEfex Pro to bring out the contrasts.
Sunrise had just broken on the mountains on the far side of Death Valley. Zabriskie Point was still in the shadows, but there was enough light to bring out the tonal differences in the ridges and valleys leading down from the point.
I was looking for lines and shapes at Zabriskie Point. In the opposite direction of the point and in the shadows, I saw these repetitive V’s created by multiple ridges coming together. The sun had just started to hit the top of the ridge line on the right side of the image. The balance of the ridges were in a shadow from another ridge in the background. The overall image was very flat. Using processing techniques taught by Chuck Kimmerle in our workshop, I was able to pull out the shadows within the overall shadow. Thanks Chuck!