Taken with Nikon D40 at Snow Canyon State Park outside St. George, Utah on October 11, 2008. Manual Exposure Mode, Nikon Raw Format. Edited in Lightroom 2.
We visited Snow Canyon the weekend of the big snowstorm in Salt Lake City (glad I wasn’t there). It was fairly chilly but still had a good time. I wanted to stay for hours more but the kids and girls with getting cold. The overcast skies provided very interesting backgrounds for our photographs. Stay tuned for a whole bunch of family pictures from our stay in St. George.
I took this shot near the top of a very large petrified sand dune. I just loved seeing where the plant life has developed on the petrified dunes. The folds and curves in the rocks are a surprising contrast with other rock fragments that are just strewn about.
In Lightroom I did the black and white conversion, added a sepia treatment in the split-toning panel (give a color to the highlights and darks), adjusted the contrast, made the light spot in the corner show up more and adjusted the darkness of the shadows a little using curves.
Now a question for you. I’ve been debating on whether or not the bush on the rock line is distracting. I’m considering removing the bush and the other small areas of grass that creep into the scene at the rock line. I think they take away from the rock/sky transition. Let me know what you think. Hope you enjoy this image and remember to enjoy yourself behind the lens!