This photo is the direct result of my poor time management. The plan was to finish eventful day in the city of Kanab (Utah) before sunset and to photograph canyons around the city which is also known as “Utah’s Little Hollywood” because more than 100 western movies have been filmed there. But I spent too much time around Navajo bridge and sunset caught me at the top of the mountain crossing in Arizona with the amazing view of Kanab valley in Utah.
I keep learning and experimenting with new HDR program – HRD Expose 3 from Unified Color (check my review here) . So far I like what I see. I exported 3 or 4 different versions from HDR Expose, picked the most interesting one and finished processing in Lightroom first and then in Photoshop.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 21mm
Bracketing: 3 shots (-2; 0, +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442
Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40
Processing: HDR Processed in HRD Expose 3
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to HDR Expose 3
HDR Expose 3: I used 3 photos to tone map image (-2; 0, +2). 32-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my review HDR Expose 3 – King of Natural Looking HDR)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast
– Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky)
– Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements