Laurie Meriwether  

Inspiration Point by Laurie Meriwether

August 2019 - Inspiration Point

August 2019 - Laurie Meriwether


About the Image(s)

Taken 6/28/2019 at 10:17 AM from the trail at Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, elevation 8100. I used the native camera on my iPhone XS Max and edited in LR. Bryce was a challenge to capture because the shadows were crazy and the vantage point was limited if I stayed on the designated areas (which I did!). I hated to crop this because then I lost some of the scope of the landscape, but I wanted to get rid of as much of the brown in the lower left hand as possible. There was no way to clone it out with the rocks. I increased the shadow slider and decreased the highlights

7 comments posted

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Wow, you were in a heaven I love! I think you did a wonderful job on highlights and shadows. It's perfectly mesmerizing to me. I would crop away sky and leave only a tiny amount, since it's all about the rock formations. I see the frustration losing the piece of landscape. It formed an interesting design and lead in, but unless you altered that section with cloning (which makes it unnatural), I think you cropped correctly. Very beautiful place.   Posted: 08/06/2019 16:40:34

Margaret Duncan   Margaret Duncan
Fantastic view. I agree with Belinda's comment re cutting out a bit of sky and I also wonder if you flipped it horizontally so the track leads in to the rock formations from the left, would you miss the bit you cropped off so much? I should download your photo and try that myself, shouldn't I!   Posted: 08/07/2019 03:03:23

Janet Goldberg   Janet Goldberg
You certainly captured the essence of Bryce.   Posted: 08/07/2019 14:34:46

Laurie Meriwether   Laurie Meriwether
Here is an edit with some sky cropped and the horizon flipped. I'm not sure how I feel about it, I think I like the original orientation better but maybe it is just how my mind remembers it.   Posted: 08/07/2019 15:41:47
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Margaret Duncan   Margaret Duncan
I can understand how you feel about that locality and why you wouldn't want to change its natural beauty. I like this version with the road leading in but can't say it is better than the original. Less sky is definitely better. Good to compare the two versions.   Posted: 08/08/2019 05:30:58

Carl Simmerman   Carl Simmerman
Beautiful image. I also think a little less sky could help, and although I would be unable to explain why, I do like the horizon flip that Laurie made.

I spent some time in Moab two years ago and was disappointed in how my images didn't match what my eyes saw. There is a lot of dynamic range in these types of landscapes.   Posted: 08/08/2019 18:40:52

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
I can go with cropping the sky, but flipping the image doesn't seem right. It is a beautiful place.   Posted: 08/14/2019 16:05:25


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