Colors and Textures of Bryce Canyon (Utah)

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The featured photo is the reason why the Bryce Canyon is my favorite photo location in Utah and Arizona. The colors, the textures and the shapes are unreal, the entire place looks extraterrestrial.

The day I took this photo the luck was on my side. When I entered the Bryce early in the morning the sky was clear without any clouds, it was boring. But, later that day the weather changed and the rain started at least five times providing me with some beautiful cloud formations in between.

It was middle of May and I did not expect to see any snow and when I spotted the traces of the white stuff I knew it was my chance to place it against a beautiful sky.

Canada. New Brunswick. Cape Enrage
Loc: 37.522180, -112.259722

Shooting & Processing

I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod but used only middle exposure for editing.

I used Lightroom Rapid Editing for Landscapes, applying Natural preset first from Landscape Collection and then used TOOLKIT adjustments.

Lightroom Editing Formula: Natural (2, 9, 13, 17, 30, 34)

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70mm
Focal Length: 41mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F9
Shutter: 1/500
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, +1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442  – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D


Lightroom: import, tagging, straightening, Lightroom Rapid Editing, Editing Formula: Natural (2, 9, 13, 17, 30, 34)
Photoshop: color correction, contrast.

Photoshop Plugins: 

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky).
  • Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (rocks, trees).