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.
I used HDR photography processing to combine 4 bracketed shots into final HDR image.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 17mm
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2; -1; 0, +1; +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442
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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 Stamp Tool to mask road signs.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (cliffs, tree, vegetation)