Chimney Rock in Kodachrome (Utah)

The Kodachrome is a relatively small state park. You could probably cover all its trails and visit it from corner to corner in two to three days. But, despite being small, it presents a variety of potentially interesting landscapes.

It has canyons, mountains, cliffs, and beautiful plains with pipe rocks randomly scattered across. Plus, it presents a stunning and unique view of Bryce Canyon.

One of the unique landmarks of the Kodachrome is Chimney Rock, which is located on private land and is accessible to park visitors.

I took the featured photo of Chimney Rock from the south facing the north. Behind the beautiful mountain ridge in the background and only a few kilometers away is the doorway to the Escalante area of Utah and the Scenic Byway 12, considered one of the most scenic roads in the US. It also takes more than 30km to drive around.

Chimney Rock in Kodachrome (Utah) 1
Utah. Kodachrome State Park
Loc: 37.521560, -111.992315


Editing & Processing

It was a single RAW processing workflow.

Lightroom (80%)

I changed the aspect ratio from the original 3 x 2 to 4x 3 and made the composition a bit tighter. I used the Crop Overlay tool.

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: Natural (9, 13, 19, 25, 32)

Photoshop (20%)

In Photoshop, I used the Stamp Tool to cover part of the road in the left corner and removed some debris.. The rest was a simple boost of details and noise reduction.
PluginsDeNoise (noise reduction), Topaz Detail (local contrast boost).

Total time: 10min

Before & After Transformation

Chimney Rock in Kodachrome (Utah) 2
Chimney Rock in Kodachrome (Utah) 3


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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