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Just So You Know

Posted by john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 6 January 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The only reason for posting this shot is that it is the original from which the faux infrared yesterday was created. The image seemed to lend itself to this B&W processing. The sky is too blown out to make it a keeper.

Feast of the Epiphany. This is often called the Festival of Light, and thus could well be the Feast Day for Photographers, we who are servants of the light.

Nikon D300 1/200 second F/10.0 ISO 200 51 mm (35mm equiv.)

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

I don't know, Jack...I like the image this way. A little PS would fix the sky and I love the contrast of the red rocks with the blue cast mountains off in the background. Beautiful image...whatever the flavor.

6 Jan 2009 6:24am

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

What a nice place and what a nice picture !!!

6 Jan 2009 6:31am

rem_la from Villiers, France

elle est superbe cette sculture de la nature !

6 Jan 2009 7:04am

Vink from Grasse - French riviera, France

Spectacular natural architecture ! Superb shot !

6 Jan 2009 8:59am

k@ from Paris, France

Very interesting second (first !) profile, one has to show up both to propose one's complete face :)

6 Jan 2009 10:29am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Personally, I like this one better. I love the color of the rocks and don't mind the sky.

6 Jan 2009 11:57am

@Lesley: Thanks for your input. One of the things that I love about photography is its diversity. Sometimes what is the latest rage leaves me cold. For a while. lots of people seemed to be going bonkers over the "grunge" look; I never got it. My stuff with infrared post-processing filters is an experiment; I've ended up with all kinds of different results (some of which I will post later). However, if you think this is wild, wait until you see tomorrow's post.

zOOm from Paris, France

Terrific, but I must admit the previous one gave really an impressive mood !

6 Jan 2009 12:08pm

Ken from Manchester, United Kingdom

I like this one as well. Have you ever considered processing the image through a HDR program? You don't need to do the full HDR process of taking three or more shots. The programs will process one shot as well, this would make a great subject. It would bring back the sky and deepen the rocks.

6 Jan 2009 1:13pm

@Ken: I'm just getting into HDR. I've been using Photomatix. However, I have a long way to go with it. I agree that there is a lot that could be done in post-processing, which I would do if I wanted to print it, or even make it a regular post to aminus3. With the post today, I wanted people to see what I used for the B&W conversion. Actually, I didn't think that the blown out sky was that much of a problem with the faux infrared; I wanted the extreme tonality range.

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

I vote for the IR just because I like that kind of stuff. This is a very beautiful scene though.

6 Jan 2009 1:58pm

NarB from Bruxelles, Belgium

Fantastic tones and lighting. Spectacular!

6 Jan 2009 2:41pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Spectacular and beautiful

6 Jan 2009 5:22pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I guess I like Delicate Arch however you want to present it. Those rich reds in this version are so nice.

6 Jan 2009 5:56pm

@Steve Rice: Delicate Arch definitely is worth the hoopla. You have to work to get to it; the fact that so many do the hike (one person was rolling a handicapped friend up the difficult terrain in a wheelbarrow) is a testimony to how beautiful it is.

Chris Chisu from Seattle, United States

Just gorgeous man.
Happy New Year

6 Jan 2009 6:13pm

Pradeep from Chennai, India

Lovely shot, the colors are superb :)

6 Jan 2009 6:23pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

Ah now I feel a fool for not paying enough attention yesterday and thinking it was ice and snow! This is startlingly different, and quite spectacularly beautiful. I'm only a pleb, and not in the same league as you, but in my books this would be a keeper firstly because it's fabulous and secondly, because I do not worry about perfect skies, I like what the eye and lens see.

First class

6 Jan 2009 6:33pm

@EYES WIDE SHUT: Thank you for your kind words. Actually, and especially with Camera Raw 5.2, it is a snap to fix that sky. (Jeff Schewe's new book that just came out on Camera Raw is terrific in guiding us through what Camera Raw can now do, and in a number of ways, do better than Lightroom; my ventures into Photoshop are less and less.)

Marcah from Quincy, United States

Beautiful scene. I used to live at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in the background a couple of years ago.

6 Jan 2009 6:41pm

Knut Magne from Hamar, Norway

Magnificent scenery, and well documented through a technically beautiful image!

6 Jan 2009 7:32pm

Aurélie from Bretagne, France

A beautiful place !!
The colors are superbe.

6 Jan 2009 7:51pm

Jean-François from LES ISSAMBRES, France

wonderful ......................... its a dream !

6 Jan 2009 8:26pm

Jen from United States

I actually really enjoy the blown out sky. It feels so real (as it often is bright there) while providing a nice contrast with the deeper tones of the arch and the mountains in the background. It's a great shot!

6 Jan 2009 10:20pm

@Jen: Wow, Jen, that's the first time I've ever been complimented on a blown-out sky. The important thing about Delicate Arch is to just enjoy being there. When I arrived early in the morning, there was no-one else there. It was extraordinary. Having stuck around, and going to the bluff on the other side, when I headed back down, there was a steady stream of people going up. (For what it's worth, my avatar was taken of me by my son while we were at Delicate Arch that day.)

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Feast day for Photographers, now that's an idea I could get behind. best...jerry

7 Jan 2009 1:22am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Both are great version of the shot, I do like this one the detail, colors and layers in the rock formations are what leaps to my eye, the sky doesnt bother me

7 Jan 2009 2:14am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

I don't mind the blown out sky - it's a reality, plus it adds to the contrast of the red of the landscape. It is nice to see the original of yesterday's image.

7 Jan 2009 2:30am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Nature's natural frame and archway. Very beautiful image!

7 Jan 2009 4:37am

twodot from New York, United States

Fooled me, I thought that yesterday's photo was some bizarre snow drift, combined with HDR photography.

7 Jan 2009 3:22pm

Nomad Flavor from Moreno Valley, United States

I like this shot. I guess being a novice I will not pay much attention to the sky. The view is very nice I think.

7 Jan 2009 10:01pm

Stefan Thaler from Thiersee, Austria

Beautiful landscape!

28 Jan 2009 2:43pm

peter from new york, United States

stunning shot man

11 Feb 2009 7:14pm

@peter: Thanks, Peter. We hiked up there before sunrise. There was one other person around, and he left. By the time we had hiked the bluff that you can see through the arch (it's a lot farther than you would think), the place had become inundated. There is a later post of a photograph looking back to the East. The trail back down to the parking lot looked like the miners going up and down the Chilkoot Trail.