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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.
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.
Editing & Processing
It was a single RAW processing workflow.
I kept the original aspect ratio (3 x 2) but I cropped the image to improve the composition (The Crop Overlay Tool).
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos (5, 10, 13, 21, 32)
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.
Plugins: DeNoise (noise reduction), Topaz Detail (local contrast boost).
Total time: 10min
Before & After Transformation