Beautiful Sunset At Lake Powell (Arizona)

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When I visited Lake Powell the first time I did not know that it was a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River. I was under the impression that it was a natural phenomena. The first time I laid eyes on the lake I knew it would be one of my favorite photography destinations. It combines everything I love in landscapes; the water, the canyons, and the desert. I was glad they decided to build it so we can enjoy completely mesmerizing and unusual scenery.

Arizona. Lake Powell
Loc: 36.979791, -111.492847

Shooting & Processing

It was an easy photo to take and to edit. I was driving along the Lake Sore Drive and when I saw this amazing view I just stopped and took a few shots from the side of the road. The think clouds defused the sunset light making it soft and photo-friendly. I used Lightroom Preset Based Editing where I applied Harsh Shadows present from my Landscapes Collection (you can always download free lightroom presets here) to the image and finished it up in Photoshop.

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70mm
Focal Length: 44mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F8
Shutter Speed: 1/320
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Processing: Lightroom HDR Preset Based Workflow

Lightroom: import, tagging, preset based processing (Harsh Shadows preset from Landscape Collection) Photoshop: contrast, color correction, cleaning with the help of the stamp tool. Photoshop Plugins: 

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, river).
  • Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (rocks mostly).

Before & After Transformation

  • Mohamed Alouni says:

    nice photo. ^_^

  • everythingvintage says:

    Excellent photo, very inspiring. Can I use your photo on my google plus page if I credit you??

  • Great photo, thanks for sharing together with your workflow. The article seems to be missing the “before” pic though?

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