This is another example of unpredictable weather in Arizona and Utah. Only 90 min before taking this shot I spend at least an hour at Horseshoe Bend waiting for the rain to stop. The weather was miserable but warm.
And now I was at Lake Powell shore witnessing one of the most colorful and stunning sunsets in my life.
The surreal landscapes of Lake Powell always fascinated me but only when I started planning my trip to the Southwest I discovered that the lake was man made. It was formed after the construction of Glen Canyon Dam. Now it all made sense. The landscape I witnessed was too unreal to be a natural occurrence.
The Lake Powell marina was my last stop before driving back to Kanab to complete the loop.
Shooting & Processing
The shooting was not challenging at all. The thick clouds completely covered the sky defusing the late evening sky and reducing the dynamic range of the scene. All I needed is one shot but as you probably know I always bracket my shots, just in case.
I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod (-1, 0, +1) as I usually do.
I used a single RAW image editing in Lightroom. I described the process in Lightroom Rapid Editing System for Landscapes.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Golden Gate (8, 17, 22, 34)
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70mm
Focal Length: 70mm
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1 )
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Lightroom: import, tagging, Lightroom Rapid Editing, Editing Formula: Golden Gate (8, 17, 22, 34)
Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (desert, mountains).