Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA  

Wotan's Throne by Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

October 2019 - Wotan's Throne

October 2019 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA


About the Image(s)

This image was made at Cape Royal viewpoint on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. I used my Canon 5DMIV and Canon 24-70mm lens with a polarizing filter. The camera was tripod mounted. I made three exposures 1 2/3 stops apart and combined them in NIK HDR Efex Pro 2. The original posted is the resulting HDR image with no adjustments.
I first set white and black points and slightly tweaked contrast and clarity in LR. In OnOne I added dynamic contrast. I then selected the 85A warming filter, made a mask, inverted it and brushed in the warming effect on the sky and the curved rock formation. I has not been cropped, but edge sharpening was done in LR and a slight vignette was added.

9 comments posted

Tom Brott   Tom Brott
First CONGRATULATIONS on the honors listed in the new PSA Journal.
On this beautiful image I am wondering why you chose not to use DEHAZE to help detail some of the background walls with a little more detail?   Posted: 10/01/2019 13:34:03
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thank you, Tom. I did dehaze. In my opinion, you can only push that so far without loss of quality. I think I may be able to do a little more on the right, but the left side is as good as I believe it will get. The Grand Canyon is always hazy in summer and fall. We had hoped to get there later, and I started trying to make a 2019 reservation for a cabin in August of 2018 only to find that the only 3 consecutive days available before the North Rim closed for the winter were in early September!   Posted: 10/01/2019 14:05:12

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
(Group 48)
Love it Sharon! Loved your explanation of all the steps you took. Congratulations to you too on your recent honor. Looks like a National Geographic photo!   Posted: 10/01/2019 14:56:12
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, Jamie. We were in California and i did not make it to the conference, but I was honored to be recogized anyway.   Posted: 10/01/2019 15:00:49

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
First of all I am so pleased for your PSA recognition which is well deserved.
I like your composition. In the Grand Canyon it is often tempting to capture a large portion of what you see because it is so very grand. By focusing on this viewpoint I get the feeling of the canyon. Well done.   Posted: 10/02/2019 17:13:14
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, Lisa. This viewpoint is not anywhere near the lodge. In fact, we had to drive about 45 minutes to get to it, so it is not photographed as often as the scenes from the Bright Angel walk (which was crammed with people the entire time we were there). Thanks also for the positive feedback on my PSA work.   Posted: 10/13/2019 12:10:57

John Roach   John Roach

First, I offer my congratulation for the fine IR article as well as the recognition you received for your support of PSA.

Second, I love your image including the haze. I feel like I am there and looks real. The color harmony, tonality, depth of field, framing and the way my eyes are led throughout the scene is magnificent.   Posted: 10/13/2019 11:50:59
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, John, both for the recognition and for the comments on this image. I was able to address the haze on the right a bit after reading Tom's suggestion, but I did not take it completely out. Like you, I feel that it is actually an element in the scene and many people who have visited there would expect to see it.   Posted: 10/13/2019 12:08:28

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Congrats Sharon on the honors and this image. My only suggestion is right along the horizon. It may be chromatic aberration or a result of the HDR process, or just natural. Easy to check if it appears on the neutral capture. If not, you. Ishtar add that to the layer stack and just blend in along the horizon.

Bravo and thanks for your work for us.   Posted: 10/15/2019 16:07:56


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