The Lees Ferry is a unique and historic site in Arizona, near Utah’s border.
This is the only place in over 1000 km where you can access the bench of the Colorado River by car. Before the Navajo Bridge was built in 1929, the Lees Ferry was the only spot where travelers could cross the river between Arizona and Utah.
These days it is the most popular spot for the departure of Colorado River and Grand Canyon multi-day rafting tours. The most extended tour lasts almost for 2 weeks.
I took the feature photo approximately one hour before the rafting tour departure when the guides were still loading the boats.
The ay I visited the Lees Ferry I spent the entire day hiking around the Marble Canyon. I had the camera and only one lens with me (Sony 16-70). When I reached the Lee Ferry, I realized that the scene was too wide and I wished I had my 10-18mm lens with me.
I had to improvise. I took two shots and merged them into a vertical panorama later in Lightroom.
Editing & Processing
It was single RAW processing workflow.
First, I used Merge to Panorama module of Lightroom to combine 2 images into vertical panorama.
I started with Shark Cove preset from my Landscape Collection. Then I used TOOLKIT to open up the shadows in the foreground and boost the Contrast.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Shark Cove (1, 9, 13, 16, 31)
Total Time: 18min