Free RAW Photo: Snow Clouds Over Bryce (Utah)

The free RAW photo is from my very first visit to Bryce Canyon National Park. However, I do not remember the exact spot where I took it.

At that time, I was shooting with Canon 60D camera and my go-to travel lens Sigma 17-70mm.

Exif Data:

  • Camera: Canon 60D
  • Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Shutter Speed: 1/400s
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal length: 33mm

During my first visit to Bryce, I did not know much about its weather. I was unaware that the park is located between 2400 and 2700 meters (7900-8900 ft) and that the weather is always unpredictable and often extreme at such an elevation.

I go to witness it with my own eyes.

When I was shooting at the beginning of May, I was wearing a t-shirt. And it is hard to believe that 30-45 minutes later, the canyon was covered with a thick layer of snow.

On the free RAW photo, I captured the dark snow clouds approaching Bryce.

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Free RAW Photos for Editing Library

I do not believe editing the free RAW image will be too challenging. Even though I was aiming my camera toward the open sky in the middle of the day, the thick snow clouds served as a giant diffuser, reducing the dynamic range of light.

Here is the histogram of the images. It is pretty balanced without too dark and too bright areas.

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But I want to warn you about the following issues:

It is easy to oversaturate the orange hues when editing photos of Utah’s deserts and canyons. After applying global saturation, you might need to jump to the HSL panel and dial down selective saturation of orange color.

Second. The Canon 60D APS-C sensor produced plenty of noise, and it is almost impossible to eliminate it using Lightroom only. If you have the Topaz DeNoise plugin, it will be an excellent opportunity to test it. Or you can download a free trial version.

Good luck with editing.

My RAW Editing Version

And here is my editing version of the free RAW image. You can access all my editing steps from the Snapshot panel of the Develop module in Lightroom.

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What About Copyright?

All free raw images I share, I took myself, and they belong to me. They are not sourced from the public. But they are still copyrighted. 

You are free to edit my RAW photos. And if you want to share them on your blog or social media, go for it; all I am asking is to credit me with the link to my site. And you can not use them commercially.

Free RAW Photos Library

Please remember to download my free Lightroom develop presets for faster raw editing.