The Camel Butte is one of Monument Valley’s signature landmarks and was very high on my to-do list during my first visit to the region.
When I approached the GPS coordinates of Arizona’s Camel Butte, I was a bit confused at first because I could not find it. The famous formation was completely covered by the combination of low, dark clouds and fog that made it invisible even from a distance of only a couple hundred meters. It was also raining very hard.
What I learned from my previous visits to the Southwest was that the weather is unpredictable and constantly changing in the middle of spring. That’s why I decided to take a pause and wait out the rainy and foggy conditions.
Luckily, I did not have to wait for long. By the end of my 20-minute lunch break in the car, the storm was gone and the sun was back illuminating the rocks with beautiful, soft light.c
The only challenge here was to keep my lens dry. I had to remember to check the front of the lens constantly and wipe the water drops when necessary..
- Camera: Sony a6000
- Lens: Sony 16-70
- Focal Length: 45mm
- Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
- ISO: 100
- Aperture: F10
- Shutter Speed: 1/250s
- Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, 1)
- Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review
- Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
It was a single RAW file editing.
I used the Natural preset from my Landscape Collection first and after I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (9, 16, 21, 32)
After I was done with Rapid Editing I had to do one very simple but important adjustment. I shifted the Purple Slider in HSL Panel towards the blue tones to remove unnatural color cast from the sky.
Photoshop: color correction, contrast.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise.
Before & After Transformation