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New Edits from June 3, 2013

I occasionally look at older photos that I’ve taken, either to process some that I hadn’t worked yet, or to see how my current workflow compares to results from an earlier workflow.

These shots were taken on June 3, 2013, during our trip to the Moab area.

Marie on the Hidden Valley Trail. [original edit]


Marilyn on the Hidden Valley Trail:


This is Balanced Rock in Arches National Park.


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Courthouse Towers / Park Avenue

New edits of photos taken on June 7, 2013.

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Devil’s Garden, 2013

More photos taken during our hike at Devil’s Garden (in Arches National Park) on June 5, 2013. Some of these are re-edits. Some are photos I hadn’t previously processed. These were practice for proficiency with the PPW. I tried to find a few photos with people; I need more practice at dealing with skin tones.

I think my original edit was better for this shot of the flowers. I spent a lot of time trying to color correct the foreground. I managed to set a and b (in Lab color space) to 0 for two points on the flowers. But once I had done that – and gotten the rest of the colors to look reasonable – the flowers weren’t as interesting as they might have been. I ended up adding in some color on the petals late in the process. When I was done, it looked too warm and too saturated too, so I took steps to remedy that. I think it’s okay, but I like my original edit better.


I tried to do several of these quickly. In theory, a proficient practitioner of the workflow can finish a photo in three minutes. I’m not there yet, but I did several of these a lot faster than normal.



Here’s a link to my previous edit of this Juniper tree. It’s a lot more saturated than this version.






This is Partition Arch:


Marilyn sitting on the “ledge” on the other side of Partition Arch:


Navajo Arch

This is a new edit of a photo of Navajo Arch, taken in June of 2013.


Turret Arch through the North Window

This is a new edit of a photo that I took in June of 2013.  It shows Turret Arch through the North Window of the Spectacles.  These formations are in Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah.


The “Dead Horse” at Dead Horse Point State Park

When we visited Dead Horse Point State Park last summer, I encountered an Asian gentleman who was walking around the view area asking other visitors if they knew where the “dead horse” was.  I explained to him that the park got its name from the legend of horses that died of thirst one time when the cowboys who corralled some horses on the neck didn’t make it back in time to let them out.

The Asian visitor already knew of this story.  He told me that, while in the visitor center, he had seen a postcard of a landmark that looked like a horse lying on its side. He continued looking (and asking many others about this landmark) and became very excited when he found it!  It can be seen in this photo about a third of the way over from the left edge, almost exactly half way up from the bottom.  There is a patch of whitish colored rock on the plateau near the river which is outlined by some red rock.  The whitish patch of rock resembles a horse.


Long Canyon Overlook

This is a re-edit of one of the photos from the Long Canyon post.  I used Luminosity masks in Photoshop while editing this photo to help increase contrast and saturation.  I had been using them for a while in GIMP too, but not as extensively.  Also, GIMP doesn’t have adjustment layers, making it more tedious to go back and tweak a setting.  (Basically, you have to delete everything above the layer upon which you want to make the adjustment, then make that adjustment and then recreate all of the layers that you had above.  I would sometimes do this, but often times, I would make some other adjustment higher up to try to address problems in lower layers.)

For reference, here is the link to my earlier edit.  (I think these will both come up in the lightbox if you click on the image below.)  The earlier edit was made using Lightroom alone.  The new edit used Lightroom for setting the color temperature and basic exposure settings, but photoshop was used for the heavy lifting.

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Marilyn on the Klondike Bluffs Trail



Long Canyon

On June 6, during our visit to the Moab area, we drove up Long Canyon on our way to Dead Horse Point State Park.

This is Jug Handle Arch.  It’s visible just after turning off of 279 into Long Canyon.  (Actually, I think it’s visible from 279, also known as Potash Road, as well.)

20130606-DSC00054-medium A view of what’s ahead from where we parked to look at Jug Handle Arch.20130606-DSC00060-medium 20130606-DSC00069-medium We passed this strange looking pinnacle as we proceeded up Long Canyon.

20130606-DSC00096-medium We stopped several times on our way up to take photos.  This is a photo of our truck on the road.

20130606-DSC00105-mediumElevation is gained (or lost) very quickly in a few of the sections with switchbacks.  We stopped on a wide section of road just beyond one of the switchbacks.

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We stopped again just after driving under – yes, under – a large boulder that’s fallen across the trail.   Here’s a view looking up the trail after passing the fallen boulder.


Here are several views of the boulder and the area around it.

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The boulder is visible to the right of the truck in this photo too.  We pulled up well past the boulder in case if anyone else came along.


At the top, there’s a place to pull out.  There are some good views from this area.

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Here are some of Marilyn’s photos from the same trip:

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Marie’s Self Portrait at Dead Horse Point State Park (and other photos too)

On June 6, we visited Dead Horse Point State Park.  Marie took a lot of photos while she was there, but I found her people photos to be most intriguing.

I especially like her self portrait.  As I was lightening up the shadows on her face, I noticed that there was an interesting reflection in her sunglasses.  I decided to crop the photo, so that this reflection would gain prominence.

20130606-DSC02601-mediumBelow are the rest of her “street photography” style photos from this area:

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