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This photo is from the last leg of my driving photography trip through Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California. After spending day in Zion National Park I was ready to drive to Las Vegas before reaching my final destination – Los Angeles.
I did not expect much from 300kn drive. Actually I thought that after witnessing some amazing landscapes in the past 4 days, the drive would be boring and uneventful.
It proved to be true in the beginning of my trip while driving along Interstate 15. At some point when the boredom was intolerable I exited highway and took rout 167 towards Lake Mead.
This is when it became clear to me that the boredom was over and I am back in the world of travel and landscape photography. It was very different form Arizona and Utah but it was beautiful in its own way.
The featured photo is from Valley of Fire State Park
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 57mm
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2 )
Tripod: hand held
Processing: HDR Processed in HDR Expose 3
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 4 images to tone map image (-2, -1, 0, +1), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom.
Lightroom: straightening, color correction, 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 (foreground, rocks)