Sometimes driving through the desert can be monotonous and boring. I realized that while driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. It was probably the longest 400 km in my life. But the drive from Zion to Las Vegas was far from boring. I’ve already addressed the amazing transformation from canyons to the desert in my earlier post.
I find the featured photo to be very graphical. There is nothing special happening in the frame and there is no main object of interest. There is just an incredible variety of textures and colors with the thick clouds casting random shadows and, as result, adding depth to the composition.
A beautiful desert.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 28mm
Bracketing: 5 shots ( -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 )
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 4 images 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, vibrance.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (desert, cliffs)