Category Archives: Zion National Park

Spring Poppies processed with Topaz B&W Effects to create an infrared image

The last couple of days have felt like spring and I have been looking through some of my floral images from last May that I have been wanting to process. In Topaz B&W Effects I was able to create a beautiful Infrared B&W with a negative edging border from the color image file. The right software can be extremely helpful when you return from a shooting trip because there is never enough room in the camera pack to bring all the equipment.

Spring Poppies processed with Topaz B&W Effects to create an infrared image

Spring Poppies processed with Topaz B&W Effects to create an infrared image

The Color image is the Raw image with just a bit of healing on a few darks spots on the Poppies.

Unprocessed file of Spring Poppies

Unprocessed file of Spring Poppies

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Grand Canyon South Rim Panorama

Nature has a beauty that refreshes our souls and keeps calling us back. Our National Parks are exceptional locations that have been set aside for us and future generations to spend time in. This year I will be spending teaching in both the Smoky Mountains and Zion national parks. Smoky Mountains April 19 – 22, 2015, Smoky Mountains October 25 – 28, 2015, Zion National Park/Painted Desert Tour Nov 7 – 11 2015

Morning Storm Grand Canyon 60x24

Morning Storm Grand Canyon 60×24

I hope that you are able to join me on location to capture images and refresh in Nature.
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Captuing the night sky will be part of the Southwest workshop November 7-11 2015

I had a short window of time during the 2014 Zion workshop to capture a few star images last year. During the 2015 Southwest workshop November 7-11 the moon will not be out at night and we will have dark skies which will be perfect for capturing the star filled western skies.

Zion nights Southwest photo workshops

Zion nights Southwest photo workshops

While on location some of the fun in an image is caused by people interacting with the environment. The foreground of this image was lit by the interior lights of a car while a family had their evening meal while enjoying the night sky. The interior lights from their car lit up the foreground hills in my 30sec exposure.

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Elegant River Compositions in the Smoky Mountains

Along the rivers and streams in the Smoky Mountains there are elegant compositions everywhere. This simple scene with the water flowing around the two rocks had a nice flow leading you into the picture from the top left across the image to the center right and then back down to the bottom left. It is not you traditional rule of thirds image but it works for me.

Two Rocks along a Smoky Mountain Stream

Two Rocks along a Smoky Mountain Stream

I captured this image on my Canon 5D Mark II at F/16 3.2sec and with an ISO of 200

Two Rocks Raw image

Two Rocks Raw image

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Highlight recovery in Photoshop Elements 13

Last week was the first time I had the opportunity to work with the new Photoshop Elements 13 and I was impressed by its highlight recovery. Debbie B. captured this wonderful image in Lower Antelope canyon during the Southwest workshop .

Lower Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon Processed

If you have worked in any of the Photoshop develop modules you can work in any of the other Photoshop develop modules. They are all laid out similarly. Debbie B. emailed me this great composition that she had captured during the Southwest workshop and I walked her through the steps to process her image. The highlight recovery in Elements 13 is far superior to the highlights I have been able to recover in CS6 and Lightroom 5.7. Adobe keeps surprising me with their software magic!

Lower Antelope unprocessed

Lower Antelope unprocessed

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Mystical Light Rays in Antelope Canyon

Nature often offers us elegance that takes us out of ourselves and into places of amazing beauty. While in the Southwest I am alway delighted by the shapes that wind and rain have formed over the millennium and I am looking forward to my next trip.

Ray of light Antelope Canyon horizontal

Ray of light Antelope Canyon

When capturing images and looking at compositions it is always important to consider cropping  and to try to compose the image both vertically and horizontally.

Ray of light Antelope Canyon Vertical

Ray of light Antelope Canyon Vertical

 

 

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Temple of Sinawava – Zion National Park

One of the best part of teaching is seeing the enthusiasm and creativity of my clients. After returning home from the slot canyon workshop Robert Perry entered one of his images in a photo contest the Cleveland area. The image bob captured in Zion titled Temple of Sinawava tied for First Place for “colorful fall” category. Bob has been on several location shoots with me and has returned with several award winning images.

Temple of Sinawava - Zion National Park

Temple of Sinawava – Zion National Park

Bob has emailed me several of his images from the trip and my favorite is the self portrait he captured in Antelope Canyon.

Bob Parry  - Self Portrait of a Photographer

Bob Parry – Self Portrait of a Photographer

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