When you travel to Zion from Las Vegas you experience a fascinating transition from the land of the deserts to the land of the canyons. During the 3 hour drive you witness amazing transformations in colors, shapes, vegetation and geology. When you reach this spot, you realize that the transformation is finally completed and you are entering the land of the canyons. Everywhere you look you see orange and red, even the asphalt has prominent red hues.
I took this photo not far from south entrance to Zion National Park and this is the exact spot where my jaw dropped the first time I traveled to Zion.
At the same time, if you travel to Zion from the east, you probably would not even notice this place. Travelers who enter the park from the east entrance most likely have already visited the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and have driven along the beautiful route 89 and at that point nothing can surprise them.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used only 4 photos out of 5 brackets to tone map image ( -2; -1; 0, +1 ). 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (Check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (rocks, mountains).