This is the last photo I took at the Grand Canyon last year. Just before leaving the national park and taking the drive towards the North Rim and Kanab, I stopped at observation point at Desert View.
The weather was great for the photography, with the blue sky and fluffy white clouds. When I was planning this shot I wanted to emphasize incredible colors and variety of textures of the canyon and I left out they sky out of the composition on purpose.
Before processing any of my photos I always have to decide first, what technique to use. In this case it was easy decision. I chose Photomatix to tone map this shot to HDR because it does amazing job to bring out details in pattern and textures.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 17-70
Focal Length: 17mm
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, 0, +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
PROCESSING: HDR PROCESSED IN PHOTOMATIX
Lightroom: import, tagging, color balance, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 3 bracketed shots to tone map image (-2, 0, +2 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast, vibrance, sky replacement.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (mountains i the background).
- I used Perfect Effects 9 from onOne Software enhance details and contrast. I used following filetes: Dynamic Contrast, Color Enhancer.