Evolution by Loscar Numael

Photo of the Week: Evolution

Photo by Loscar Numael
Evolution by Loscar Numael

Photo By Loscar Numael

Loscar Numael
White Pocket, Arizona
Nikon D800e
Zeiss Distagon T* 15/2.8ZF.2
10 Stop ND Filter
RRS Gear:
TVC-23 Tripod
BH-55 LR Ballhead
BD800-L L-Plate
ISO 400
117 sec

“The photo was taken in White Pocket Arizona last fall during sunset (well that was the plan but these clouds came out of nowhere so I put them to good use). Seeing how quickly the clouds where moving, I decided to set the tripod as low as possible and use a 10-stop neutral density filter for a long exposure. At the end I loved the way the swirls on the stone complemented the swirls within the clouds, giving a lot of depth to the image. I processed the image in Silver Efex Pro 2 and added the finishing touches in CS6.”
— Loscar Numael


  1. Chris Kiez says:

    Outstanding shot! Very clever use of the fluid action of the clouds in (similar) contrast with the sweeping lines of the unusual rock formations. Great shot! And all the better for being rendered in monochrome.

  2. Joe Johnson says:

    Loscar, I really enjoy the textures and composition of this image. Well done! I bet it looks great in color as well. Thank you for sharing. Joe Sr.

  3. Anil Sud says:

    Fabulous photo Loscar; it was cool to see the image on the back of your LCD right after capture and even more stunning after you added the finishing touches.

  4. Bob Watson says:

    Wonderful Photograph and fast thinking to use the clouds and tools available to you. I’ve seen this shot in color also and it looks great.

  5. Thank you for all your kind words and comments Chris, Joe, Anil and Bob, I really appreciate them all.
    Thank you Joe and RRS for this opportunity.


  6. Michael Glaze says:

    Simply a great photo. I am very impressed with it. Two questions, 1. How did you get there, hike, SUV, horse, Fly-in? 2. Just where does one get a 10 stop ND filter? Looking at the North – South pointing of the White Pocket formation, did you shoot from West to East or East to West?

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