Where The Troll Lives

September 29, 2011 by Jason Hines

Today I thought I’d take a little break from the Watson Lake images. Don’t worry, I have many more images which I will be posting in the near future as well. Today’s image is from The Valley of Fire State Park. I found this rock formation particularly interesting. I can picture the cave on the left being the den of some large troll and the little holes on the right belonging to a swarm of smaller insect light creatures. Use your imagination – what does it remind you of?

This is another shot I took not long after sunrise. As many of the photographers that read my blog will know, the light around sunrise and sunset is really the best for outdoor photography. This particularly holds true for landscape shots with one addition – it’s important to have interesting clouds as well. It doesn’t matter how wonderful the light or how interesting the landcape is – without clouds or some kind of interesting backdrop, the images are just going to look rather boring. One suggestion I have if you find yourself faced with a clear blue sky is to do your best to include some element of red/orange in your image. The contrast between extreme warm and cool can often yield some interesting results.

HDR Image from the Valley of Fire State Park

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon 16-35
Processing: Photomatix Pro 4, Adobe Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5, Topaz Detail


  1. Len Saltiel says:

    Another great southwest image Jason. Love the oranges you guys get there.
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  2. Chris Nitz says:

    That would totally make a killer fort!
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  3. Terrific shot Jason. It reminds me of the type of place that Survivor Man or Bear from Man vs. Wild would use for a shelter on their survival shows.
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  4. I like the touch of light at the top. Looks like a fun place to hang out and shoot.
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  5. A.Barlow says:

    Nice soft transition in the shadows. Good work.
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  6. Edith Levy says:

    I so love the south west. Beautiful shot Jason.
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