When I was organizing my third trip to the Southwest, I was extremely thorough. I planned nearly all the sunrises, sunsets and everything in between. But, the Goosenecks State Park in Utah was an unplanned and unexpected golden nugget that I only stumbled upon by accident.
I was on my way from spending a few hours capturing the sunrise at Valley of the Gods to the focal point of the day—Monument Valley. When I saw a road sign for Goosenecks State Park, I was not able to Google it since I did not have internet in the area. Luckily, I decided to explore it anyway.
That was a decision I do not regret.
The view of the San Juan River from an elevation of 300m is surreal because of its enormous scale. It was a clear day and I could see the mesas and buttes of Monument Valley on the horizon.
Although the day was beautiful, shooting was a challenge. The edge of the canyon obstructed the view of the river and there was no way to climb down for a better perspective. The featured photo is the best shot I managed to take, but the river is still partially blocked.
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 10-18
Focal Length: 10mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
Shutter Speed: 1/250s
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, 1)
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It was a straight forward Lightroom Rapid Editing workflow. I used a single RAW file.
First I cropped the image a bit tighter and changed the aspect ratio from 3x2 to 4x3 aspect ratio.
Next, I used Lightroom Rapid Editing, applying Point Lobos from Landscape Collection style preset first and when I was happy with the final look used the adjustments presets from TOOLKIT collection to fine tune the image.
Lightroom Editing Formula: Point Lobos (17, 21, 32, 34)