That looks like one epic sunset, you were certainly in the right place at the right time. I like the composition a lot. The arrangement of the badlands formations is excellent, you have a nice zig-zag pattern in the foreground that anchors the image. And there are lots of interesting details, colors and patterns in the badlands to appreciate. These badlands are amazing, and even with a sky like this I can see why you minimized the sky in the composition.
My suggestions relate to processing. I think the greens in the grass are too saturated and draw some attention away from the lower saturation colors of the badlands. For my taste, the luminosity of the landscape feels too bright, and I would suggest darkening the badlands to better balance luminosity between sky and land. The sky looks fine, and I like how some of the pink colors in the sky mimic the colors of the badlands.
@Ed_McGuirk Thank you so much Ed! I did two different shots of this vista - one with the sky taking up 2/3 of the photo and this one with it only being 1/3. I did lighten up the landscape in processing, so I think I can dial it back easily. And I agree on the green being too saturated; I just missed it, trying to work on the rest of the photo. I am wondering if purchasing Lumenzia would be helpful to work on luminosity. I have been looking at it, but it looks overwhelming and complicated. Thank you again! I will re-post once I’ve worked on the photos. And congratulations on your NPN year end awards! Well deserved!
Roberta, this is a great image. The composition is spot on and the colors are marvelous. A definite keeper. For my taste, there is too much “pop” in the image, so I suggest some combination of decreasing the contrast and saturation.
@Ed_McGuirk@Tony_Siciliano@John_Williams@Mario_Cornacchione Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I reworked the image, desaturated the green, lowered the brightness, and added a vignette. Your thoughts would be most appreciated - did I adjust too much, not enough? Everyone is going to have a different opinion, but I think this looks better. Thanks!