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Delicate Arch and Twilight Sky

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 1 December 2008 in Landscape & Rural.

What had started as a morning shoot through Zion Canyon in southwestern Utah ended with this spectacular sunset setting at Arches National Park some 350 miles (and a 5 hour drive) in eastern Utah. The drive, and subsequent 1 1/2 mile hike (uphill with gear), was worth it to witness a beautiful sunset and this remarkable twilight colored sky over Delicate Arch. We were also fortunate to have snow on the La Sal Mountains. The arch, at its apex, stands 52 feet high. The frustrating part was waiting out the gawking tourists as they took turns running down to the arch for a photo op completely oblivious to photographers! I have been editing this past week with Photoshop CS4. One of the changes (for the better) has been the improved burning, dodging and saturation tools. My December Article on my website talks about three different techniques I use for burning, dodging and saturating (or desaturating) localized areas of an image (I use a dodging example from this image), you can read it by clicking here: Three Techniques for Burning, Dodging and Saturating Localized Sections of Your Image. This is in PDF format so you will need a copy of Adobe Reader installed on your computer. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have upgraded to CS4. My 2009 workshops are beginning to fill but I still have spots available. To get more information, please visit my website at Don Smith Photography.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 13/10 second F/16.0 ISO 200 43 mm

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