The day I took the featured photo was probably the most eventful days of all my travels.
That day I woke up before the sunrise in Kanab (Utah) and drove toward the Las Vegas (Nevada). On the way to Las Vegas, I stopped for a couple of hours at Valley of Fire State Park where I took this picture.
I stopped at Las Vegas airport to pick up my companion. From Las Vegas, after crossing a state line again, I entered the Deat Valley in California. The rest of the day I spent photographing different parts of the Death Valley and before the sunset I crossed the High Sierra mountains and got to my hotel in Bishop (California) late that night.
Shooting & Processing
I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod (-1, 0, +1) as I usually do.
Even though I was shooting with the longest focal length (70mm) of the lens I had, the twisted road of the valley was sill too far. My initial plan was to make the road the focal point of the composition. As the result, the first step of the editing process was to crop the photo tighter.
Also, I changed the aspect ratio from 3 x 2 to 4 x 3.
After, I used Rapid Editing fro Landscapes. I described the process in tutorial Lightroom Rapid Editing System for Landscapes.
In order to improve the composition,
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (2, 9, 12, 17, 33)
In Photoshop, I used theStamp Tool to remove the distractions from the composition (cars).
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 17-70mm
Focal Length: 70mm
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
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (mountains, cliffs).