This is the iconic Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park. I have four different variations of this scene. Most of the deltas revolve around the sky. You see, when I was there a few months ago, I went several days without seeing a single cloud in the sky. I think photographers are some of the only people in the world who actually want clouds in the sky. Something about that flat, boring blue sky just sucks the interest out of an image. And so I toyed with masking in different skies and applying various motion and color filters to them. But nothing seemed to work. There was something about it that didn’t allow suspension of disbelief to set it.

And so, I went back to square one. I took the original image and worked on it, telling myself that it’s ok to have a boring blue sky. Instead, I focused on bringing out the beauty and grandeur of El Cap and the surrounding area. Ultimately, I ended up creating an image that I’m truly happy with. It’s a scene that has been shot and shared a million times, but not by me. And, in the end, that’s what should really matter to the photographer.

Google Maps Location Info
37.7180, -119.7032

In terms of processing
I applied a combination of the Magic Forest, Green Enhancer, and Deep Forest effects, along with using the More Detail paint-in effects brush found in Perfect Effects 4, part of Perfect Photo Suite 7 by +onOne Software.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.

In album Landscape and Nature (1 photo)

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