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Sundown within the Desert (Utah) • PhotoTraces


I took the featured picture a couple of years again in Southern Utah after I was nonetheless taking pictures with Sony. The place known as the Valley of the Gods, and it’s positioned near Monument Valley and the 4 Corners Monument.

The place is gorgeous by itself and affords some improbable panorama alternatives. However I additionally use it as a strategic location throughout my travels.

The Valley of the Gods is huge and resided on public land, which implies you will discover free tenting spot even through the busiest vacationer season, and also you want no reservation. Priceless.

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Valley of the Gods in Utah

Taking pictures

The day I took the featured picture, I used to be driving alongside the 17mile grime street by means of the Valley of the Gods through the golden hour.

I stored stopping each few hundred meters to {photograph} the numerous landmarks of the valley. And on the finish of my drive when the solar already beneath the horizon and it was getting darkish, the sky abruptly was illuminated once more with the extraordinarily vibrant colours. I knew it was my final likelihood to seize golden hour colours.

The composition’s purpose was to emphasise the patterns and textures of the vegetation of the desert within the foreground and the sky colours within the background.

Because it was getting darkish quick and I completely wanted a tripod to shoot at 1/6s and slower.

Enhancing & Processing

It was a single RAW processing workflow.

The Journey Professional Package is a group of Lightroom presets, profiles, and modifying changes that help you edit photographs quick with out touching this system’s modifying instruments. In complete, the Journey Professional Package has 7 elements.

Lightroom (80%) – 15min

Step #1 – Composition

My first purpose was to enhance composition.

I used the Crop Overlay instrument to make composition tighter. I stored the unique facet ration of three:2.

I additionally used the AUTO perform to straighten the horizon.

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Step #2 – Preset Enhancing

Subsequent, I moved to my commonplace preset primarily based workflow by making use of the 01. Napa preset from the Journey Professional Package – Landscapes Assortment to the unique picture.

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Step #3 – TOOLKIT Changes

Subsequent, I opened to the TOOLKIT and utilized the next changes: 

10. Open Shadows ++++
20. Vibrance +

32. Vignetting ++
43. Midtone Distinction ++

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Beneath, you’ll be able to see the results of the modifying changes.

The Enhancing Method: Napa (10, 17, 20, 32, 43)

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Enhancing Method: Napa (10, 17, 20, 32, 43)

The ultimate aspect I used throughout my modifying workflow was the Cross Professional Package.

Step #4 – Inventive Profile Enhancing

One of many 7 elements of the Journey Professional Package is the Cross Professional Package, which is the gathering of Inventive profiles. In case you are unsure what the Inventive Profiles are, examine my in-depth article right here: Demystifying Lightroom Profiles

You possibly can entry the Cross Professional Package from within the Fundamental Panel by clicking the Profile Browser icon (see picture beneath).

Inside the Profile Browser panel, I positioned the PhotoTraces – Cross Professional Package part and prolonged it.

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The Cross Professional Package is a group of 20 Profiles that produce completely different cross-processed kinds.

One of the crucial essential benefits of the Profiles is the flexibility to regulate their modifying results by shifting the Adjustment slider to the left or proper. It acts as an Opacity performance (see picture above).

I began clicking by means of the completely different Profiles looking for visually interesting variations. I used the AMOUNT slider to regulate the power of the results.

And my favourite modifying model was Yosemite Profile dialed right down to 44%.

  1. I utilized the Napa preset from Panorama assortment.
  2. I used the next changes to fine-tune the picture: Open Shadows ++++, Vibrance+, Vignetting ++, Midtone Distinction ++
  3. I used the Yosemite Profile from the Cross Professional Package at 44% opacity.
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Photoshop (20%) – 5min

Step #5

In Photoshop, I used the Spot Elimination instrument to scrub up the foreground by eradicating visually damaging particles.

And at last, I used the Topz DeNoise AI plugin to scale back digital noise.

And that was it.

Earlier than & After Transformation

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