Calm Before the Storm at Bryce (Utah)

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I took this photo early in the morning while driving along Scenic Byway 12 to ultimate travel photography destination –  Bryce Canyon National Park. The approach to the park was beautiful and photogenic but after stopping 10-15 times to take photos I realized that if I keep doing it I will not have enough time to spend at Bryce.

The air was fresh but it was not cold. I was wearing a sweatshirt and no jacket. Nothing was indicating that in few hours this very same spot will be covered with 2 inches of snow and the temperature will drop below freezing.

I wish I could take the picture of the same arch covered with snow and post it together with the morning photo but with zero visibility I hardly could see anything and taking photos was out of questions.

Calm Before the Storm at Bryce (Utah)
Utah. Bryce Canyon National Park
Loc: 37.74035, -112.29691

I used HDR photography processing to combine 4 bracketed shots into the final HDR image.

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 4 Bracketed Shots (-2; -1; 0; +1)

Camera: Canon 60
Lens:  Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 17mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F8
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2; -1; 0, +1; +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442
Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40

Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 4  photos to tone map image (-2; -1; 0, +1). 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. I used the Stamp Tool to mask road signs.
Photoshop Plugins:

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water)
  • Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (cliffs, tree, vegetation)