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Chuck Boschen
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A retired Tech Geek. http://TechTipsForYou.com
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Picture of the Day - "Sunset at Marlin Quay Marina", Garden City, SC by Tami Kull.
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Picture of the Day - "Explosive Sunset over TdP" (Torres del Paine, Chile), by Clint Burkinshaw.
Explosive Sunset over TdP
 
Some of the best light that I managed to capture down at the end of the world. Beautiful sunlight captured by the mountains surrounding cloud. A perfect way to end the day ✌
 
www.explosiveaperture.com
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Picture of the Day - shot in Paris by Trey Ratcliff.
Coming to Europe for 10 Photo Walks - join us! Just check out the Events on my Facebook page to RSVP. We just added London, Paris, and Berlin to the list as well - see them all over in the events... bring your friends and family along, and any camera will do, from DSLR to mobile phones. Looking forward to meeting you! :) #80stays #rcmemories #photowalk #europe #paris #berlin #london 
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Picture of the Day - "Northern Lights", shot in Finland by Juan Carlos Casado.
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Picture of the Day - "Conquering Angels Landing in Zion National Park" by Viktor Elizarov.
Conquering Angels Landing in Zion National Park
Check how photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed:
http://www.phototraces.com/trip-in-pictures/day-2-conquering-angels-landing-in-zion-national-park/

My second day of the trip was entirely dedicated to an exploration of Zion National Park.

The highlight of the day was hiking all the way to the top of the famous Angels Landing trail.

I have visited Zion previously and I knew what to expect and I had all the facts about the trail.

Distance: 5-miles
Average Hiking Time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Strenuous uphill hike.
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Trail Usage: Heavy

Since the average person does not hike with the tripod and does not stop every 100 meters to take photos, I estimated the average travel photographer hiking time to about 7-8 hours.

I also knew that late morning and early afternoon hours in Zion could be very crowded and in general I am not very found of people in my landscapes. Instead of unapologetically removing them from my reality in Photoshop I decided to beat the crowd and start the hike as early as possible.

I was on the very first park’s shuttle bus in the early morning and I started my hike in the very comfortable cool temperature with absolutely no people around.

Shooting

Once again, after analyzing the scene I could see the very bright area of the sky and the deep shadows at the bottom of the canyon. To shoot for HDR was the obvious choice.

I took 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) on a tripod.

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I keep experimenting with Lightroom 6 new feature – HDR Merge. I like that Lightroom produces HDR file in DNG format which is relatively small. I also appreciate that Lightroom adds “HDR” to the name of newly created DNG file.

I merged 3 bracketed RAW images to HDR using Lightroom 6.

For the processing, I used a Lightroom preset based workflow, using Point Lobos present from my Landscapes Collection (you can always download free lightroom presets). 
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Picture of the Day - "Cherry Blossoms in University of Washington" by Howard Snyder.
Cherry Blossoms in University of Washington .......by Howard Snyder 
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Picture of the Day - "Changing seasons, Jasper Canada" by William Patino.

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Picture of the Day - Positano, on the Amalfi Coast of Italy by Rene Smith.
Positano the other night on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, a little crowded this time of year but still gorgeous :)
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Picture of the Day - "Teatro Colon. Buenos Aires" by Ricardo P.

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Picture of the Day - "Azenhas do Mar - SINTRA - PORTUGAL" by Mário Santos.
Azenhas do Mar - SINTRA - PORTUGAL 
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