Ken Carlson, GPSA  

Green River and White Rim Sandstone by Ken Carlson, GPSA

August 2019 - Green River and White Rim Sandstone

August 2019 - Ken Carlson, GPSA


About the Image(s)

Nikon D810 70-200 mm lens, 1/15 sec@f/9.0, ISO 64.
As I saw this scene in my mind, I wanted to bring out the setting sun splashed on the top of the mesas, highlight the S curve of the river and darken the valley floor. As I began to process I found that the sides of the mesa were too dark, so I had to bring them up a little. As you can see in the out of camera image, that was not what I was envisioning in my mind, so I took those 4 elements of the image (mesa top, mesa side, river, and valley floor) and by selecting each area and using curves as well as hue/saturation layers in Photoshop, this was the final result. I was looking for an impactful and dramatic image.

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5 comments posted

Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
Ken, I would say that you definitely achieved your objectives. This is very impactful and dramatic. Very nice processing, a nice use of the "S" to carry the eye through the image. Nice work!   Posted: 08/09/2019 17:02:28

Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
I agree with Elizabeth. You did a great job of achieving what you hoped to in this photo. The S curve draws you into the photo quite effectively and you did an incredible job of bringing out the golden glow at the front of the photo.   Posted: 08/14/2019 05:10:33

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
I think your idea is a great one but I do think you may have pushed it a touch to far in the dark areas and think you could pull some of them back. You are losing the 3D effect in places, bottom left for one is way to heavy. Plus other spots, I do think this is a great idea to try again with less power in the shadows then the lights would have more depth. Worth the effort.   Posted: 08/15/2019 10:00:08

Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Successful processing of this beautiful picture. I also like the S-shaped path in the foreground, which fits well with the S-shaped river.   Posted: 08/16/2019 10:03:00

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
You have definitely made your image dramatic. I like it better than the in camera version. In my opinion, a crop might add to the impact. Good image.   Posted: 08/19/2019 16:38:50
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