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The Canyon de Chelly is the lesser know National Monument in eastern Arizona, not far from New Mexico border. It located away from traditional tourist routes of Arizona and Utah, and as a result, it gets less attention
Even though the Canyon de Chelly residents on Navajo land it is managed by National Park services and as a result has less tribal restrictions. You still can hike down the canyon, in some places, without permits and guides and there are no entry fees
When you shoot from the top of the canyon aiming down, it is always a challenge to find the spot where the rim of the canyon does not obstruct the scene below. I had to ditch my tripod and shoot handheld, so I have more freedom for choosing the position. And I still ended up with the edge of the canyon in the frame.
Editing & Processing
It was a simple and uncomplicated a single RAW processing workflow.
First, I needed to fix the vertical perspective. I was shooting from above and as the result, I had a very strong case of perspective distortion. I used the Transform Panel to fix it.
I used the Crop Overlay tool to crop out the edge of the canyon from the bottom left corner. I also made the composition tighter by reducing the impact of the empty sky.
I used the process I outlined in the article: How to Straighten a Photo in Lightroom.
Next, I used the Natural preset from my Landscape Preset Collection as the base for Lightroom Rapid Editing. Then I used TOOLKIT to boost the Contrast and the Clarity.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos (10, 13, 17, 31)
Before & After Transformation