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The shapes of rock in Mohave Desert, American South West is an incredible photographic theme and endless source of inspiration for me. Particularly north-eastern part of Joshua Tree National park or desert boulder-land in East Sierra east of Mt. Whitney are a rock wonderland. The outcropped granite boulders with huge crystalline structure, shaped mainly by thermal erosion and wind are something worth admiring and make an immense impression on me.

A sharp 50mm lens with circular polarizer filter on a tripod. Little was done on this picture digitally in Corel Paint. Film translated the reality very close to my wishes. Scanned by Nikon CoolScan IV-ED. A slight correction of hue into yellow/red direction. Resampled to 800 pix width. Sharpening was done with special care. I wanted to keep sharpness of crystalline granite high, on the other hand the sky should remain airy. First the picture was divided into sky and the rest using Magic Wand tool. Mask was feathered 15 pix before resampling. Then the rock was heavily over-sharpened using unsharp mask 67%, radius 4 pix before resampling. I believe (?) that the loss of sharpness during resampling process can be reduced by this process. After resampling another unsharp mask 40%, radius 1 pix was applied to the rock. Next the mask was inverted and another shot of unsharp mask 40%, radius 3pix applied to the sky. JPG level 50.

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