Camel Butte in Monument Valley (Arizona)

The Camel Butte is one of Monument Valley’s signature landmarks were 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

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USA. Arizona. Monument Valley
Loc: 36.952014, -110.079115


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..


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.

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Photoshop: color correction, contrast.

Photoshop Plugins:

Before & After Transformation

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by Viktor Elizarov
I am a travel photographer and educator from Montreal, Canada, and a founder of PhotoTraces. I travel around the world and share my experiences here. Feel free to check my Travel Portfolio and download Free Lightroom Presets.

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