Sunset at Valley of the Gods (Utah)

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It was my first visit to the Valley of the Gods in Utah.

That day I woke up around sunrise in Flagstaff and drive for 3 hours to Canyon de Chelly.

The Canyon de Chelly is where I spend a good part of the day. I even had the opportunity to hike all the way down to the bottom of the canyon.

And before finishing the day in Mexican Hut, a small town in Utah, I had about an hour to explore the Valley of the Gods.

This is the view I witnessed.

I was so impressed with the location that I changed my plans and visited it again the next day around sunrise.

Travel Photography - Sunset at Valley of the Gods (Utah)
Utah. Valley of the Gods
Loc: 37.275492, -109.864443


I did not have much time before it was too dark. I kept my tripod unfolded in the trunk of the car.  I was stopping every few hundred meters taking a couple of bracketed shots and moving on to the next spot.

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony-16-70
Focal Length: 22mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
ISO: 100
Aperture: F10
Shutter Speed: 1/60s
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, 1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442  – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D


Even I was shooting directly into the sun, I was managed to edit this photo as a single RAW file.

This is the first shot I edited using my new Lightroom Rapid Editing PLUS.

I used the Broken Clouds preset from my Landscape Collection first.

Next, I dialed down the opacity to 70%.

Finally, I used TOOLKIT to boost contrast and clarity.

The Lightroom Editing Formula: Broken Clouds 70% (13, 17, 19)

The final touch was to add the Radial Filter with the Orange color overlay to emphasize the colors of the sunset.

I used the following settings:

Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning.

Photoshop Plugins: