Kodachrome Sunset Colors (Utah)

The featured photo is from the place I did not know existed at the time I was planning my latest trip to Arizona and Utah. The place called Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah. I discovered it by accident.

The park is famous for 67 monolithic spires or chimneys spread across the park and spectacular view of Bryce Canyon. The moment I entered the park I could see that it was a photographer’s heaven and there was no way I would leave without exploring it first. So instead of driving to the Lake Powell as I originally planned, I stayed in the park for 3 days, camping in paradise.

Kodachrome Sunset Colors (Utah)
Utah. Kodachrome State Park
Loc: 37.521560, -111.992315

Shooting

I keep experimenting with my new Fujifilm setup. I really like the Auto ISO setup on Fuji XT2 and how flexible it is. Plus, I find the RGB Histogram is extremely valuable when accessing the exposure. Because of the Auto ISO and RGB Histogram, I find myself using tripod less often. Even during the sunset hike, I did not bring the tripod with me and I did not miss it.

Camera: Fujifilm XT2
Lens: Fujinon 10-24mm
Focal Length: 24m
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
ISO: 200
Aperture: F8
Shutter Speed: 1/180s
Tripod: handheld

Editing & Processing

It was a single RAW processing workflow.

Lightroom (50%)

I kept the original aspect ratio (3 x 2) but I cropped the image to improve the composition (The Crop Overlay Tool).

Next, I used Point Lobos 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 (5, 10, 13, 21, 32)

Photoshop (50%)

In Photoshop, I used the Stamp Tool to cover the road sign and part of the road. 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

 

  • John West says:

    My “after” photos may not look as good as yours but my “before”s don’t look as dull.

    • Viktor Elizarov says:

      I intentionally set my camera to a DULL settings

    • Viktor Elizarov says:

      I was there exactly 2 weeks after you. I am planning to go there again and to take Cottonwood road through the Grand Staircase.

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