Lake Powell Wahweap Marina (Arizona)Check how photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed:http://www.phototraces.com/trip-in-pictures/lake-powell-wahweap-marina-arizona/
I just returned from my latest photography trip. This time I went to one of my favorite destinations, the American Southwest.
It was driving trip and I broke my personal record for distance covered in a single trip, I drove for 4500 km (2700 miles) in 10 days.
My trip started in Las Vegas where I rented a car and I drove north to the city of Kanab in Utah where I spent 5 days photographing some of the most amazing destinations in Arizona and Utah. Then, I crossed Nevada desert and drove to California’s coast, on my way visiting Death Valley, Eastern Sierra, and Lake Tahoe. My trip concluded in San Francisco Bay area where I spend few day exploring the city and swinging by Big Sur.
My initial intention was to write a short blog post with at least one photo at the end of the each day of my trip to give readers of y blog the highlights of my travels. Very soon, I realized that my plan was not sustainable.
Every day of the trip, I woke up around 4am to be able to capture morning light and on average I drove around 400km and 500km during the day, staying outside until sunset hours. By the time I was in my hotel, I was dead tired and I still had to backup new photos, charge camera batteries and plan my next day. I had absolutely no strength or time for blog updates.
I decided to share the experiences of my trip retrospectively. For the next 2 weeks, I will be featuring my Southwest adventures chronologically, day by day.
It was almost perfect shooting conditions on the day I took the featured photo. It was early evening and the light was already soft, but the thick white clouds made it even softer, acting as a huge natural diffuser. I took 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) on a tripod.
The soft diffused light made processing of this photo easy and straightforward. I did not have to use HDR workflow because the light was not too dynamic and the single RAW processing was sufficient to recover the highlights and the shadows.
I used Lightroom Preset based workflow. I applied Natuarl preset from my Landscape Preset Collection and adjusted Exposure using ToolKit adjustments.
In the final step, I did some cleaning and color correction in Photoshop.