It feels so good to be working on, and posting, images again. I’ve been in Las Vegas since last Sunday for Photoshop World and have a nice little backlog of images to go through during various shoots I was fortunate enough to go on with some amazing people.

Before my flight back home begins to board, I wanted to share a quick image that I worked on from yesterday’s shoot at Zion National Park in Utah. I was joined by +Brian Bonham+Christopher Germano, +Jason Stone, and +Jacob Lucas. We all had a blast and I’m sure you’ll be seeing some great work from them soon.

As far as this shot is concerned, at the time, I was hand-holding my camera. I had my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS on. Given how massive the surroundings were, I didn’t feel like an ultra-wide angle lens would do much justice here. Instead, I opted to find detail shots with character.

As soon as I saw this mountain slope downward, I knew I had my shot. First, the slope helps draw the eye up and through the frame. Next, the horizon line is dotted with trees that help give a sense of scale. The puffy clouds and deep blue sky served as a perfect backdrop. I made it punchier using my circular polarizer.

Once I get home, I’ll really get cracking with the remaining images. I can’t wait to share them off!

Google Maps Location Info
37°15’42” N 112°56’52” W

In terms of processing
This is a single exposure image. I was able to wrangle in all of the tonal range here in one shot with the help of that circular polarizer. It is usually good for cutting about 2 stops of light.

This is the first public image that I’m posting that was processing in the all new +onOne Software Perfect Effects 4, part of the new Perfect Photo Suite 7.

I used the Perfect Brush to mask out the Vecchio effect from the sky. I also masked in Tonal Contrast onto the mountain and trees. The trees got a small dose of Green Enhancer and a global application of Deep Forest Glow.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.

In album Landscape and Nature (1 photo)

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