Vermilion Cliffs National Monument (Arizona)

This was the end of the very eventful day during my trip to Arizona and Utah.

Earlier that day I woke up in Grand Canyon Village and, after a short-stroke along the rim of the Grand Canyon, I drove north towards Page and Lake Powell. Due to the landslide, route 89 was closed and I had to change my itinerary and take an alternate, unplanned route towards the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Unplanned and accidental drives became the highlights of my entire trip. First I drove along the beautiful Echo Cliffs; then, I spent at least an hour on the Navajo Bridge enjoying the view of Marble Canyon with the huge condors flying overhead. Alter I crossed the Colorado River I drove through the beautiful valley along the Vermilion Cliffs.

I took this picture just before leaving the Vermilion Cliffs valley and driving towards Grand Canyon North Rim.

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument (Arizona) 1
Arizona. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Loc: 36.726388, -112.058020

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 3 Bracketed Shots ( -1, 0, +1 )

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens:  Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 28mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F8
Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, +1 )
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 3  images to tone map image ( -1, 0, +1 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop:  cleaning, I also replaced the sky. Normally, I try not to modify photos so drastically but in this case I could not resist. The scenery was so beautiful that flat, boring sky looked out of place. I used sky from another photo I took on the following day in Utah.

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by Viktor Elizarov
I am a travel photographer and educator from Montreal, Canada, and a founder of PhotoTraces. I travel around the world and share my experiences here. Feel free to check my Travel Portfolio and download Free Lightroom Presets.

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