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Today I cannot pinpoint the exact location where I took this photo but it was somewhere in the deserts of Nevada between the Valley of Fire and the Hoover Dam. After visiting the Valley of Fire for a short while, I decided against taking Interstate 15 to Las Vegas. Instead, I took Route 167 that runs along Lake Mead and the Colorado River all the way to the Hoover Dam.
It was my first drive through the deserts of Nevada and I was not quite sure what to expect. I did not have any specific plans on what to photograph since that was the “transitional” day of my trip to the Southwest (US). The only plan for that day was to drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas and get ready for the last leg of my trip to Los Angeles.
While driving along Lake Mead, the landscape was changing constantly and, somewhere in the middle of my drive, I found myself in a valley full of rocks with unusual shapes and colors.
I spent at least an hour next to the red rock featured in my photo, resting and reflecting on my trip. I realized that only 24 hours earlier I was driving through the snow storm at Bryce Canyon and now I was having a picnic in the unbearable heat of the desert.
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Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 10mm
Bracketing: 5 shots ( -2, -1, 0, +, +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 5 images to tone map image ( -2, -1, 0, +, +2 ), 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.