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Cathedral Rock in Early Spring by Le Tho Giao

June 2020 - Cathedral Rock in Early Spring

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Cathedral Rock in Early Spring

I took this photo during our trip to Arizona in the Spring of 2019. We visited Sedona a couple of times in the first week of April, hoping to catch the Catherdal Reflection in the water. However, when we got there, there was only a small stream that runs through the Sedona State park, which is quite a distance from the big rock for it to be reflected in the water. We asked around hoping to get some informtion leading to the proper location to see its reflection but to no avail. So we spent some time along a small stream that runs by the state park and ook a few shots of the red rock.

I used my Nikon D750 and a Nikkor 28-300mm AF-S set at 44mm, f/22, 1/8s, ISO100. I cropped the composition to get rid of unwanted elements, adjusted color saturation to bring out the red rock and early spring vegetation.

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8 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
Le, sorry you couldn't find the stream for a reflection shot. I'm in Sedona a lot and could have assisted you for finding the location. Dick

First things first. Le, you need to blow up you photo to 300% to see and remove the dust spots.

For not being able to find the stream you have a good photo with the plants outlining the Cathedral. My suggestions are to crop the photo and to make slight adjustments to the colors using curves and color adjustments

  Posted: 06/01/2020 13:27:24
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Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell

I think this is a fine image that just needs a few tweaks. Richard has a good crop that I thinks works. In the original thee is a bright spot of water on the left edge that to me is a distraction and Richard's crop removes it. I might reduce the white sky a bit from the top The colors look a bit washed out on my monitor. Maybe a bit of exposure adjustment and a bit of selective brushing of either clarity or texture on the red rocks may give it a bit more punch. the foreground rocks look eally great--if you could match that to the red rocks you would have a great image.   Posted: 06/02/2020 14:11:23

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
A reflective shot would have been really cool, but it is a really nicely composed image anyway. I do see the couple of dust spots Richard is talking about, but those are easily removed. I agree with Larry that the colors are a bit washed out and the sky is a bit bland. You could bump of the contrast on the sky and maybe darken it a bit, and maybe the same for the rocks or try increasing vibrancy a bit on the rocks as well. You could also try messing around with curves adjustment layer for specific channels to punch up the rocks a bit.

If you did have your heart set on a reflection scene, there are ways to fake that in Photoshop. Basically you invert the picture at the horizon and mask it for where you want the water. You then apply some filters to make it look a little more natural. You could probably do something like this in the foreground where the rocks are. I've seen a few videos on YouTube with the specifics, if you are interested.   Posted: 06/08/2020 20:27:59

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
Wow, being late to the party means I have very little to add to the above suggestions that I agree with - cropping top and left, adding contrast to sky, adding clarity to the buttes, etc. I might suggest using the brush with dehaze on the buttes to reduce the haze and up the clarity and maybe just very subtly darken the rocks in front so the eye goes to the subject buttes. Nicely seen   Posted: 06/11/2020 17:56:57

Richard White   Richard White
Le, I'm sorry to hear you are leaving the group. You and the others in the group have really helped me understand the mistakes I have made and the way to correct them. Dick   Posted: 06/12/2020 13:52:00

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
Being the last to comment, most is said about the image. I think Richard`s suggestion is good.   Posted: 06/13/2020 04:38:03

George R Phile   George R Phile
Le, I am really late in reviewing the groups images this month. My computer was down and at the shop the last week and not running well before that. I still don't have it back. The things I would comment on have already been discussed so re-hashing them would add anything. Dust spots, Cropping on the left and working on the sky and increase the contrast of the mountain so it pops more. Good job and I am sorry to see you leave the group.   Posted: 06/13/2020 14:54:42

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
As I mentioned in the post I sent you yesterday I sincerely wish you were staying with this group. As you can see from the outpouring of comments from the rest of the group they feel the same way. None of us submit perfect images. We are all just trying to get better and the others in this group offer great suggestions without malice. This just feels like an extended family and you are a part of it. We will be less whole without you. What ever you finally decide, I will support your decision, but should you leave, I shall miss you greatly.   Posted: 06/13/2020 15:02:14