I love Zion National Park for its uniqueness and unprecedented beauty. But because of its proximity to Las Vegas, it is always crowded. It is popular among Las Vegas visitors to take a day trips to Zion.
But, since the most visitors from Las Vegas do not have much time or simply too lazy to explore the park beyond the parking lots, it is very easy to find empty spots without much of the effort. All it takes is a short 5 min walk deep into the park and you hardly see any people.
I took the featured photo during the hike in the Eastern area of the Zion and it took me only a couple of minutes walk from the busy Utah State Route 9 to find emptiness and serenity.
Camera: Sony a6000
Focal Length: 10mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, 1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
It was a single RAW file editing.
The main goal for this photo was to capture the color contrast between blue sky and the yellow/orange colors of the park.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos (4, 17, 17, 21, 32, 34)
Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning. I used the Stamp Took to remove all distracting elements from the composition, mostly debris in the foreground.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (foreground, mountains).