Lone Tree at the Edge of the Bryce Canyon (Utah)

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Most of the day I spent around Bryce Canyon National Park but it felt if I crossed multiple climate zones in a very short period of time. When I was approaching Bryce Canyon in the morning it was sunny and warm. As I stopped for a quick photo shoot just before entering Bryce I was wearing a t-shirt. It was a bit chilly but still comfortable. At that moment I did not realize that in a couple of hours I will be walking in 2 inches of snow wearing every piece of clothing I had in my trunk.

This photo is from my latest driving trip to southwest US where I drove through 4 states and a bunch of national and state parks. The day I took this photo was probably the most memorable.

The weather was not comfortable for the rest of the day but I did not complain because I knew that dramatic sky with heavy clouds, fog and snow are perfect ingredients for travel HDR photography.

Lone Tree at the Edge of the Bryce Canyon (Utah)
Utah. Bryce Canyon
Loc: 37°34’41” N 112°13’40” W

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 4 Bracketed Shots ( -2; -1; 0; +1)

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 10mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F8
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2; -1, 0, +1, +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442  – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D

Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 4  images to tone map HDR image (-2; -1, 0, +1), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow).
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop:  cleaning, contrast
Photoshop Plugins:

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky area )
  • Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (foreground cliffs)
  • I often use clarity in LR for bringing out details but I like the effects from photomatix and topaz when they are not overdone. Have you tried both? Do you have a preference and why?

    • Nancy, I use all of the tools you mentioned. When I tone map photos in Photomatix I normally do not process to much in Lightroom but when It is single RAW processing then Clarity is my favorite tool in Lightroom.

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