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Bryce Canyon - 551 megapixel pano!
Made by Stephen Oachs (ApertureAcademy.com)
Here's something fun to ring in 2011! This image is 551 Mega Pixels, (34,000 x 17,000 pixels) -- I created this by taking a 60 image multi-row panoramic using a Canon 1Ds Mark III and a Canon 300mm lens in combination with a Really Right Stuff BH-55LR ball head and the RRS multi-row pano nodal setup. But enough mumbo-jumbo...I'll let the detail speak for itself: View Ultra super duper BIG! If you have a look at the big version, let me know how many people you count in the image. I've counted three times and I think I know the right number :) Now, to the back story...this past fall, on my way to Moab Utah to conduct the Aperture Academy's Fall Arches/Canyonlands Photography Workshop, I stopped by Bryce for the first time. I know, of all the places I've been in the world, I'd never been to Bryce...I got there at sunrise...scoped it out...shot it but hated what I came away with. See, Bryce Canyon National Park is H-U-G-E...and to take just a single, wide angle, frame of it just didnt convey any since of grandure. I ended up deleted those images...YUCK! As I left Bryce I remember saying to Scott Davis, fellow Aperture Academy instructor...That place needs to be captured BIG, like a giant pano...and in the snow...ya, the snow!... ...We snickered like Bevis and Butthead and drove away. So, this past weekend as I left Moab Utah, where I captured , I checked the weather forecast and sure enough...snow predicted in Bryce in just a couple of days! I headed to the Escalante Grand Staircase for a couple of days of shooting, then made my way up to Bryce for attempt #2. For those of you who want all the juicy details, here's how I took this shot: - I waited until the sun was up a little higher so the shadows wouldnt change so fast and the light would be more even on the canyon. (I shot this around 9:00am) - I setup my tripod and Really Right Stuff (RRS) pano gear. This gear allows you to rotate and pivot around the nodal point of your lens. This is something you need to test and establish before hand (I have the nodal markers settings for all my lenses). Rotation on the nodal point is KEY to reducing/eliminating parallax so that your images will stitch together easily, and with less distortion. (I do a lot of pano stitching but usually just with 3-5 images for increased resolution as I sell a lot of large prints in the gallery) - I eyeballed approx 25% image overlap by panning through the canyon, left to right, several times. The RRS BH-55LR Ballhead has degree markers on it so I made note of where to start, how many degrees to rotate and where to stop on the horizontal plane. - Once I had the horizonal plane set, I them panned through the scene vertically, also denoting the number of degree's between each row. - I then put my camera on manual (well, it's always in manual but that sounded good) ...and set my white balance to 5200K. I needed to be sure every single frame would be exact in settings as the rest. One single frame incorrectly captured and the enture project would be ruined. - OK, all set. Now the light...the sunlight was drifting in and out from passing clouds so I waited about 10 minutes to start until I could see the light would be fairly even for about 3-4 minutes, which is about how long it took to pano through each horizonal and four vertical rows. - I ran through the entire pano three times, just in case I had any flaws or errors...and each time I started I tripled checked all my settings, just for good measure...Bryce is a long drive and it wont snow there for another year ;) - I then took two pictures for some tourists who asked me if I would...sure, it's 11 degree's and I'm packing up my gear but hey, I'm a nice guy...so I did - Now to stitching...my weapon of choice was Photoshop CS5. I loaded all my RAW images into a folder and kicked off the PhotoMerge feature in Photoshop. Two hours later, it barfed. - Turned out I HAD goofed on the 3rd row vertical degree overlap...so, this meant I would have to stitch in phases. I ended up having Photoshop stitch the top two rows, then row 3 and row 4 alone...then I stitched row 3 and 4 together in a run, then finally I stitched the composite of rows 1 and 2 and rows 3 and 4 together in one final stitch, which worked! (Typically, this wouldnt be needed but given I wasn't as precise on the 3rd vertical row, I hit this snag.) End result, an 18GB TIFF file, 34,000 x 17,000 pixels. From beginning to end it took 6 hours of stitching on a MacBook Pro with 4GB of RAM with a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (on and an SSD drive, which helps a lot)
Entrance to Zion Narrows - "Gorge of Generations"
Made by Stephen Oachs (ApertureAcademy.com)
Zion. I love this place. Zion is such an amazing place -- it's one of those places where, if you just drove through, you'd say ya, that was nice but when you get out the car and actually 'experience' it, you realize it's like no other place on earth. I've been going to Zion every year in the fall for the last few years and each year I was either early, late or missed the fall color all together... This year however, I nailed it! This years trip was a little different -- we decided to conduct a meet up shoot in Zion by inviting some Aperture Academy Alumni...past workshop participants who had attended several workshops...and those we felt were up to the challenge that the Zion Narrows dishes out. We met Friday night for a really great dinner...recounted our past shooting trips and shared in a few drinks. Then, off for a good nights sleep. Saturday morning we started our hike into Zion Narrows in the dark...arriving at the mouth of the canyon with just enough early morning light to see our way. We hiked deep into the narrows, finally stopping for lunch at Big Springs, resting, then starting the journey out. All told, we trekked a total of 9 miles and by the time we exited and got back to the cars everyone was feeling the day. Hiking in a river nearly 10 hours solid takes a toll as you literally have to plan every step you take...on slippery rocks, or under water far enough that you can't see what you're stepping on...much harder than a 9 mile hike on flat earth. Here's a few behind the scenes photos of this amazing trip we took! Oh, so to the shot... This is near the entrance of the narrows. I actually shot this on the way out...9 miles of hiking behind me...some very soar feet and cold legs, I revisited a spot I've shot a dozen times before but finally on this day it was what I had hoped for...nice color, good clean water flow. Now the behind the scenes portion... I had packed super light for the hike, only bringing a Canon 17-40mm and a Canon 24-105mm thinking I'd just focus (ha, pun intended I guess!) on the Narrows itself this trip but when I saw this little spot on the Virgin River was so nice I was kicking myself for not bringing something wider angle... So I got creative...real creative. I setup with my 17-40mm vertically and tried to level off my tripod. NO dice. I needed to be shooting down for the best composition and wide angle feel. So, here's where it gets tricky...I actually did a half-assed pano by making mental notes of what elements of the scene were at the tops and bottom of the frame, then using a ball head, manually adjusted the composition a little more to the right, shooting, and shifting. I took three passes, three frames each pass, in hopes one of them would work out. Sure enough, the first one was good! (the other two were NOT...yikes!) So, I was able to stitch them together (had to do it by hand, Photoshop barfed on it) then cropped down to the correct aspect ratio. And, in the end, I ended up with an original that was just over 32MP so I gained some resolution in the process for the big print version. (something I've done many times before but either with a tilt-shift or a nodal bar) Given I'd missed it so many times before, I was willing to do just about whatever it took to capture it this time. I hope you like it!
Arches National Park - Turret Arch Framed by the North Window
Made by Stephen Oachs (ApertureAcademy.com)
Hello Flickrites and Happy-Almost-Christmas! FIRST -- you're gonna want to press L on your keyboard to see this full size... This image is how I spent my Christmas Eve Sunrise. Yes, I've been to Arches National Park many, many times and yes, this shot is a classic, and has been taken many, many times and I really never had any desire to shoot it... Until this morning. So if you follow me on Facebook, you know I'm on a three week shoot in the desert southwest and just left White Sands New Mexico...making my way to Moab and next I'm on to Escalante and more. I was hoping for snow in Arches... The forecast was iffy...there may, or may not be snow in Moab, the stupid weather man said...if I may get up on my soap box for a second...how the HELL does someone get to keep their job when their wrong like 90% of the time?? I digress...and step down. So anyway, I'm in Moab and was hoping for snow...something was luring me to capture the beauty of this amazing red rock with a fresh dusting of snow on it...but, it wasn't meant to be... BECAUSE THE WEATHER MAN WAS WRONG! ...Again. But heck, I'm here, I might as well scount for some new workshop locations (as Aperture Academy is doing two workshops here in 2011). I head out in the dark, it's 5am and I'm driving in the park...sunrise is due at 7:30am. While I drive I can already tell there are some nice high clouds since there's a near full moon up so I have a pretty good idea sunrise is going to kick ass. AND, on this trip my wife is with me, which is rare, so my gears start grinding...I could shoot the north window with Turret Arch framed in the middle...classic, BUT, I could shoot it with a person in the scene to lend scale...someone I can tell what to do...for the most part, and it gets done (grins) Lending scale to this scene is not something I've seen anyone do in this spot and without a size reference, as with much of the wonders of Arches National Park, it's hard to convey just how ginormously-magnificant these locations really are. So, I present to you...Arches National Park's Turrent Arch framed with the North Window. My take on a classic, I hope you like it!
Made by Goldpaint Photography
I hiked up to Delicate Arch around 11pm to catch the rising Milky Way [Disclaimer: DO NOT hike up this trail for your first time in the dark. Trust me!] This was the third time that I hiked up to the arch since being in Arches National Park. First time I hiked up a little after sunset because I had just arrived in Utah the same day. I probably passed 100+ people that were walking back down, and I was the only one that was hiking up. When I arrived at the arch there were 4 other people that were light painting and turning their headlamps on/off constantly. It was really difficult to shoot with everyone there doing there own thing and I didn't walk away with anything that was worthy. The second time was with my Dad during the day without a single cloud in the sky. I wish I could say that about the crowds... I was able to snap a couple without anyone else in my viewfinder but it was quickly taken over by a group of 20+ teenagers on a field trip. My third time was perfect!!!! I passed two very nice people in the beginning who couldn't believe I was hiking up there in the pitch black. After almost reaching the top, I ran into Koveh Tavakkol who was also heading back to the car, even though I had warned him about the Milky Way rising above, he had to retire. So when I got to the top, NO ONE!!!! (except some small mice.) I had this entire arch to myself and I took advantage as much as possible. I think I stayed there for 3 hours and tried as many comps as possible. Ever since I saw this arch in other pictures, my 'night sky' mindset wanted the Milky Way within the arch. I was blessed with the opportunity and I tried my hardest to take full advantage. To be continued... See all of my 'Night Sky' images . Portfolio|Blog|Facebook|Purchase www.goldpaintphotography.com **Please do not use my images on blogs, personal or professional websites, or any other digital media without my explicit permission. Thank you.**
Bryce Canyon Nationalpark, Utah, USA - Hoodoos
Made by Batikart
Das Naturwunder - Hoodoos im Queen's Garden Der Queen's Garden befindet sich im Bryce Canyon Nationalpark im Südwesten von Utah, USA. Obwohl er Canyon heißt, stellt er sich eigentlich mehr als ein natürliches Amphitheater dar. Dieses zeichnet sich aus durch einzigartige geologische Strukturen, die Hoodoos. Sie werden durch Wind, Wasser und Eis aus den Sedimenten geformt. Der Nationalpark liegt in einer Höhe von 2.400 bis 2.700 Meter und somit wesentlich höher als der nahe gelegene Zion Nationalpark oder der Grand Canyon Nationalpark. Der NP wurde um 1850 von weißen Siedler besiedelt. Seinen Namen erhielt er von Ebenezer Bryce, der sich um 1875 dort niederließ. 1924 wurde der Bryce Canyon zum National Monument und 1928 zum National Park erklärt. Der Park wird jährlich von 800.000 bis 1.000.000 Besuchern erforscht. (Wikipedia) Aufgenommen 1992 mit meiner damaligen Olympus Spiegelreflex. de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryce_Canyon The Queen's Garden is located in Bryce Canyon National Park in the southwest of Utah, USA. Although it is named Cancon, it is actually a natural amphitheatre. It is characterized by unique geological structures, the Hoodoos, which were formed by wind, water and ice. The National Park is located at an altitude from 2,400 to 2,700 meters and thus significantly higher than the nearby Zion National Park or the Grand Canyon National Park. Around 1850, the NP populated by white settlers. The Bryce Canyon received it's name from Ebenezer Bryce, who established there around 1875. 1924 the Bryce Canyon was declared a National Monument and in 1928 a national park. The park attracts annually by 800.000 to 1.000.000 visitors to explore. (Wikipedia) This photo was taken 1992 with my Olympus SLR Camera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryce_Canyon
Miracle of Nature - Hoodoos in Queen's Garden - Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA
Made by Batikart
The Queen's Garden is located in Bryce Canyon National Park in the southwest of Utah, USA. Although it is named Canyon, it is actually a natural amphitheatre. It is characterized by unique geological structures, the Hoodoos, which were formed by wind, water and ice. The National Park is located at an altitude from 2,400 to 2,700 meters and thus significantly higher than the nearby Zion National Park or the Grand Canyon National Park. Around 1850, the NP populated by white settlers. The Bryce Canyon received it's name from Ebenezer Bryce, who established there around 1875. 1924 the Bryce Canyon was declared a National Monument and in 1928 a national park. The park attracts annually by 800.000 to 1.000.000 visitors to explore en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryce_Canyon . This photo was taken 1992 with my Olympus SLR Camera. Das Naturwunder - Hoodoos im Queen's Garden Der Queen's Garden befindet sich im Bryce Canyon Nationalpark im Südwesten von Utah, USA. Obwohl er Canyon heißt, stellt er sich eigentlich mehr als ein natürliches Amphitheater dar. Dieses zeichnet sich aus durch einzigartige geologische Strukturen, die Hoodoos. Sie werden durch Wind, Wasser und Eis aus den Sedimenten geformt. Der Nationalpark liegt in einer Höhe von 2.400 bis 2.700 Meter und somit wesentlich höher als der nahe gelegene Zion Nationalpark oder der Grand Canyon Nationalpark. Der NP wurde um 1850 von weißen Siedler besiedelt. Seinen Namen erhielt er von Ebenezer Bryce, der sich um 1875 dort niederließ. 1924 wurde der Bryce Canyon zum National Monument und 1928 zum National Park erklärt. Der Park wird jährlich von 800.000 bis 1.000.000 Besuchern erforscht. (Quelle:de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryce_Canyon) Aufgenommen 1992 mit meiner damaligen Olympus Spiegelreflex.
Alpenglow over Utah County
Made by Ivan Makarov
This is where it all began for me four years ago. I was in Utah yesterday for work. The state recently experienced severe weather, and as I found out, the atmosphere is still trying to recover. I spent the sunrise shooting, and was lucky enough to have a short time before I had to jump on my plane to also shoot the sunset. Both were out of this world. I love stormy clouds of Northern California – but they rarely put the kind of show that we can see in high altitudes in the mountains. In the distance are the mountains that are part of the Wasatch Range, with the famous Mt Timpanogos covered in the clouds on the right. The valley beneath is Utah County (starting with American Fork on the left, all the way to Orem/Provo on the right). The lake below is Utah Lake, third largest fresh water lake in the US west of the Great Lakes. Next to the shore are the first signs of the winter – ice! In a couple of weeks the lake will likely be frozen. The sunrise color lasted over an hour and I’ll share some shots later. The sunset color was all over the sky and also lasted almost an hour. The crazy thing is that here I’m facing east, as the sun is setting behind me. It was just the beginning of a memorable sunset. I used to live in this area as a college student. I wish I got into photography earlier to get more photographs during evenings like this, but it didn’t happen until I was in my last semester of school. It was here, at Utah Lake that I fell in love with outdoor photography four years ago. Besides seeing this with my own eyes – another positive of the evening was meeting my Flickr contact utdesertdue at the same spot, totally at random. Check out his great . Very jealous of him that he lives so close to so much beauty. Nikon D300 0.6 sec, f/16, ISO200 @ 34mm Lee 0.9 + 0.6 filter to control the exposure
Strawberry Shortcake - Bentonite Hills, Capitol Reef National Park
Made by Joshua Cripps
(Please view large; there's a lot of depth here that can't be seen in the small size) I like to have my cake and eat it too. As I wandered through the Bentonite Hills in Capitol Reef National Park I was struck by how much photographic possibility there was there. And yet, I was having trouble finding that killer comp I was searching for. But then I stumbled across this strawberry-colored area and knew I had found something special. And as the sun set and an amazing light show emerged, I got to have my strawberry shortcake and eat it too. ----------------------------------- Tech notes on this photo ----------------------------------- Nikon D7000 Tokina 12-24 f/4 at 12mm on a crop sensor ISO100 for smoothest exposure f/9 - the sharpest spot on my lens 0.62 seconds Lee 3-stop and 2-stop soft GND filters Post-Processing ---------------------- In Raw Converter (Nikon Capture NX2) - Processed single raw file five times (yikes!), once for the bulk of the sky, once to brighten the dark clouds at the top of the frame, once to darken the bright horizon, once for the bulk of the foreground, and once to brighten the foreground near the horizon which was super dark due to the grads. - Global contrast for added pop - Local brightness and contrast adjustments to bring out color and detail throughout the scene. In Photoshop: - Duplicated image and sharpened, set opacity of this layer fairly low to help bring out detail without looking over-sharpened - Hand blend of all 5 tif's to generate master composite - Curves layer to add punch to foreground - Color balance to remove slight orange color cast from foreground - Curves adjustment to add a touch of global contrast Thanks for your visits! ~Josh My Portfolio and Photography Services
Talk to Strangers - Zebra Canyon (Front Page Explore; Explore #1 - Thanks!)
Made by Joshua Cripps
(This one needs to be viewed large!) I'm not sure why Don't Talk to Strangers is such a pervasive maxim in our society. As if every stranger is hell bent on our personal destruction and by talking to them we're unleashing all of their fury and ire. I find this to be slightly ridiculous. In my opinion Talk to Strangers is a much more interesting and enjoyable maxim to live one's life by. As I was backpacking through the wondrous Coyote Gulch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, I struck up a conversation with four backpackers who were also overnighting in the canyon. Being from Utah, this group had a wealth of knowledge about the area and clued me in to a number of excellent places to visit, including this one, Zebra Canyon. I probably would have missed this otherwise, so thank goodness I like to talk to strangers. Check out the vid below! ----------------------------------- Tech notes on this photo ----------------------------------- Nikon D7000 Tokina 12-24 f/4 at 12mm on a crop sensor ISO100 for smoothest exposure f/16 for lots of DOF 4 seconds Post-Processing ---------------------- In Raw Converter (Nikon Capture NX2) - Processed single raw file once - Global contrast for added pop - Slightly cooled white balance and added a dash of magenta tint In Photoshop: - Duplicated image and sharpened, set opacity of this layer fairly low to help bring out detail without looking over-sharpened - Curves adjustment to add global contrast - Curves adjustment to brighten center of image to create visual flow from dark to light - Color balance to remove some of the magenta cast added in the raw conversion Thanks for your visits! ~Josh My Portfolio and Photography Services
Bingham Canyon Mine, Salt Lake City, Utah
Made by Thad Roan - Bridgepix
Aerial view of the Bingham Canyon Mine, the largest man-made excavation on earth. The Kennecott Copper Mine is an open-pit mine located in Salt Lake County, Utah, just southwest of West Jordan, at (40°31′N 112°09′W). It is located 28 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. It is easily visible as a large layered multi-color, barren protrusion on the side of the Oquirrh Mountains, which lie on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. It is currently the largest open-pit mine in the world, and the world's largest man-made excavation. The mine is 2½ miles across, and ¾ mile deep. Kennecott is the second largest copper producer in the United States - providing approximately 15% of the country's copper needs. Minerals were first discovered in Bingham Canyon in 1850, but exploitation did not begin until 1863. At first, mining was difficult, but a railroad reached the canyon in 1873, prompting massive settlement and extraction of the minerals. By the 1920s, 15,000 people of widely-varying ethnicity had settled in the canyon. Large residential communities were constructed on the steep canyon walls. Natural disasters were a common occurrence in the heavily-settled canyon. The population declined rapidly as mining techniques improved, and several of the mining camps began to be swallowed up by the mine. By 1980, when Lark was dismantled, only Copperton, at the mouth of Bingham Canyon and with a population of 800, remained. Today, mining operations continue at full-swing in the mine, and it is now the largest open-pit mine in the world. Work to expand the mine 600 feet east began in 2005, continuing to increase its size, growth, and capabilities. (Wikipedia)
Technicolor Dreamscape - Bentonite Hills, Capitol Reef National Park
Made by Joshua Cripps
(This needs to be viewed large) It's been awhile since a landscape excited me as much as the Bentonite Hills in Capitol Reef National Park. I've personally never seen quite such a strange and alien environment. The sensual curves and shapes and the hugely varied and seemingly random splashes of color were incredible enough in themselves, but the place was even more interesting than that: in the low-lying depressions, jet-black volcanic boulders sat without any indication of how they got there (see photo below). And the weirdest thing of all was the composition of the land itself; it's like it was made of giant, crunchy granules of brown sugar (except not as tasty). ----------------------------------- Tech notes on this photo ----------------------------------- Nikon D7000 Tokina 12-24 f/4 at 12mm on a crop sensor ISO100 for smoothest exposure f/9 - the sharpest spot on my lens 0.62 seconds Lee 3-stop soft GND filter Post-Processing ---------------------- In Raw Converter (Nikon Capture NX2) - Processed single raw file twice, once for the sky and once for the ground - Global contrast for added pop - Local brightness and contrast adjustments to bring out color and detail throughout the scene. In Photoshop: - Duplicated image and sharpened, set opacity of this layer fairly low to help bring out detail without looking over-sharpened - Curves adjustment to add a touch of global contrast Thanks for your visits! ~Josh My Portfolio and Photography Services
House on Fire (Anasazi pueblo dwelling, Mule Canyon, Cedar Mesa UT)
Made by Robin Black Photography
I first saw a picture of this a couple of years ago (I believe it was Justin Reznick's excellent pic), and was immediately fascinated (and a little obsessed). I thought it was the most incredible-looking cliff dwelling I'd ever seen, and knew I had to see it in person. One of the things that drew me to landscape photography in the first place is a desire to visit the wild places I saw in other people's photographs. I wanted, or even NEEDED, to see these places--not so much to get my own photographs, but just to be there and experience it in person. House on Fire was definitely one of those places, and I'm so glad I was finally able to see it. It's truly in the middle of nowhere (a long drive, and then a short but pleasant hike), located in a beautiful canyon in southeastern Utah. Built into a cleft in the canyon wall about 30 feet off the ground, the cliff dwelling is approximately 800-1000 years old, and is part of a larger network of Anasazi cliff dwellings in Mule Canyon and the greater Cedar Mesa area (in San Juan County in southeastern Utah). When late morning sun lights up the opposite canyon wall, the light reflects onto the dwelling and gives the sandstone roof the appearance of being on fire (hence, its name). The canyon itself is beautiful, and makes for a great hike. House on Fire is about 1.25 miles from the trailhead, and there are other ruins and rock art farther down the trail (The lower arm of the canyon is approximately 6 miles long).
delicate arch - arches national park utah
Made by Dan Anderson.
delicate arch - arches national park utah The backside view of Delicate Arch just before sunset. Delicate Arch is a giant 52ft (16m) tall freestanding sandstone arch located in Arches National Park near the town of Moab, Utah. My tourist map said that Delicate Arch was the most recognizable natural landmark in the USA and the most photographed arch in the world. More than you probably want to know: This was my first visit to Delicate Arch and I learned a few things: The Delicate Arch ‘Viewpoint’ is different than the Delicate Arch ‘Trailhead’. I made the mistake of climbing 3/4 miles up to the viewpoint only to realize the actual Delicate Arch was off on another cliff . . ugg! I went back to the trailhead and climbed 1.5 miles up to Delicate Arch, not a big distance but it's uphill and kind of tough especially after lugging camera gear around the park all day. I should have left non-essentials in the car like my my big heavy zoom but I was happy to have water and a flash light to help guide me down the dark tail after sunset. Best lesson learned; if you stand in front of the arch too long, expect to get yelled at in 10 different languages by all the photog’ers working that once-in-a-lifetime shot :D For a good perspective of what the Delicate Arch area looks like, check out this cool 360 degree spherical view: www.3d-exposure.com.
Made by Goldpaint Photography
I was quite shocked how this image came out after taking this a couple of nights ago here at Double Arch in the Arches National Park. The clouds were lingering heavily in the sky that night so there weren’t any opportunities to capture the Milky Way. However, the past two nights have been quite successful with clear skies. I’ve been able to stay up all night, shooting at different locations within the park, and capturing the Milky Way like never before. It has been a busy schedule with hiking and fighting the crowds during the day, but entering the park in the middle of the night, without a single person in sight, has been such a privileged experience. I’m really excited to share the rest of the images with you all, but unfortunately it’s going to have to wait until I return. This isn’t my ‘normal style’ of shooting the night sky, but I have to say, I had a lot of fun doing it. What do you think? Sorry to post and run... I’m really looking forward to looking at everyone’s work when I return and getting some much needed rest. Funny how my vacations turn into work days... Stay tuned!! Portfolio|Blog|Facebook|Purchase www.goldpaintphotography.com **Please do not use my images on blogs, personal or professional websites, or any other digital media without my explicit permission. Thank you.**
Capitol Reef: The Coolest National Park You've Never Heard Of (Explore #1, June 6th :)
Made by Joshua Cripps
Please View Large My Portfolio and Photography Services Just back from a 10-day trip through central Utah. Had some amazing light, saw some spectacular scenery, and got covered with so much orange dust it's not even funny. Here's a shot of Temple of the Sun in Capitol Reef National Park in Central Utah. An absolute undiscovered gem of a park, Captiol Reef houses some of the most breathtaking and unique scenery of the Waterpocket Fold, a massive wrinkle in the Earth's surface. Towering cathedrals, slot canyons, never-ending vistas, volcanic remnants: this park has enough to keep a photographer busy for ages. ----------------------------------- Tech notes on this photo ----------------------------------- Nikon D7000 Tokina 12-24 f/4 at 12mm on a crop sensor ISO250 to help shorten shutter speed as it was pretty dang windy out f/8 1/50 sec Lee 2-stop soft GND filter Post-Processing ---------------------- In Raw Converter (Nikon Capture NX2) - Processed single raw file twice: once for Temple and once for foreground - Global contrast for added pop - Slight exposure and contrast increase to foreground In Photoshop: - Noise reduction via Neat Image - Selective sharpening of foreground and Temple - Minor curves adjustment to add local contrast to sagebrush Thanks for your visits! ~Josh
Another Inspiration Point View
Made by MumbleyJoe (Tyler)
This is the next (though delayed) installment in my tour around the rim of Bryce Canyon. My intent had been to show the perspective from Bryce Point next but I had edited the dust out of this scan for the better part of an hour before I realized I was working on another shot from Inspiration Point (see another perspective ), but taken with a wider lens. This was taken just shortly after the sun crossed the horizon at sunrise. It's hard to beat the brilliance of that first moment of direct sunlight, but I did not have my film camera set up in time for it (and my digital shot that caught that light wasn't very well composed). Still, this was my first shot upon arriving at this location and only moments after sunrise. Inspiration Point was recommended to us by the good people at Ruby's Inn the evening before, and we were not disappointed in the results. I think this is the most concentrated place on the rim for hoodoos, and it's lit beautifully with the morning light. I'd recommend it for a top spot for sunlit features at sunrise (though if you want to shoot the sun itself, I think Sunset Point offers a better perspective). Tachihara 4x5 | Schneider Super-Angulon 90mm f/8 | f/11 | 1s | Fuji Velvia 50 | Tripod
Bryce Canyon Nationalpark, Utah, USA
Made by Batikart
The National Park is located in the southwest of Utah. Although it is named Canyon, it is actually a natural amphitheatre. It is characterized by unique geological structures, the Hoodoos, which were formed by wind, water and ice. The National Park is located at an altitude from 2,400 to 2,700 meters and thus significantly higher than the nearby Zion National Park or the Grand Canyon National Park. (Wikipedia). - This photo was taken 1992 with my Olympus SLR Camera. Bryce Canyon, Wikipedia Der Nationalpark liegt im Südwesten von Utah. Obwohl er Canyon heißt, stellt sich eigentlich ein natürliches Amphitheater dar. Es zeichnet sich aus durch einzigartige geologische Strukturen, die Hoodoos, welche durch Wind, Wasser und Eis aus den Sedimenten geformt werden. Der Nationalpark liegt in einer Höhe von 2.400 bis 2.700 Meter und somit wesentlich höher als der nahe gelegene Zion Nationalpark oder der Grand Canyon Nationalpark. (Wikipedia). - Aufgenommen 1992 mit meiner damaligen Olympus Spiegelreflex. My photos on one site
Made by Goldpaint Photography
Thank you Flickr friends and contacts for your support on May 24 when my image made APOD! I decided to bump up ‘Silent Effigy,’ or as they named it, ‘Three Arches above Utah’, to the front of my stream for the special occasion. The image can now be seen at its original post date of May 8th. Thank you for your comments, faves, and emails you posted/sent. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be recognized and featured in APOD, and still have a couple of shots up my sleeve I’m excited to share with you all. Hope you all are blessed with good light and clear skies this weekend. See all of my 'Night Sky' images and time-lapse videos . Again, many thanks!!! Brad Goldpaint Portfolio|Blog|Facebook|Purchase www.goldpaintphotography.com **Full resolution images for publication use can be provided upon request. Please do not use my images on blogs, personal or professional websites, or any other digital media without my explicit permission. THIS INCLUDES TUMBLR! Thank you.**
Made by wasatchreflections
Last night was incredible. The entire valley was filled with lightening bolts. We drove to the end of our street and set the van up so that the back was pointing to one of the storms. I held a cable release with the camera on a tripod. As soon as a flash went off I pushed the button. This is not an exact science, but it did work. For this bolt I processed using Lightroom 2. I enhanced the colors darkened the exposure and then exported to CS4 and added a touch of Topaz adjust. I still have a few minor areas to fix, but overall the photo is pleasing to me. This photo has so much action happening that it is almost hard to believe. The colors of the sun starting to set, the rain, the shape of the clouds and the lightening bolt all add to a dramatic photo. Thank you for visiting tonight. Click wasatchreflections to view on black. To read my daily blog click here
Balanced Rock Sunset - Arches National Park
Made by anadelmann
This week ends with a another posting of a picture taken close to sunset in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. The picture shows Balanced Rock, one of the main features of Arches NP. As its name implies, Balanced Rock consists of a large boulder perched atop a relatively slender pillar of rock. The boulder and pillar are made of two different types of stone, so they are wearing away at different rates. I believe that you have to be there and circle this formation yourself to be able to appreciate its mass and delicacy. Overall, Balanced Rock is 128 feet (39 m) high and the boulder weighs approximately 3,577 tons (compared to the size of three schoolbuses). Once again I have added two additional pictures. The first one, taken before noon, illustrates what a difference the evening light makes (this post was taken less than half an hour before my Arches Sunset I posted last Friday). The second is a try to capture the fascinating halo around the sun we saw that day for an hour or two. Have a great weekend, everyone.
Nearest places of interest:
|Bryce Canyon National Park|
Zion National Park
Arches National Park
|Grand Teton National Park|
Copper Mountain Ski Resort
Alta and Snowbird