Laurie Meriwether  

Inspiration Point by Laurie Meriwether

August 2019 - Inspiration Point

August 2019 - Laurie Meriwether


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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

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9 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

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Until I read your commentary, I thought sure that you had cloned in some hoodoos to cover the lower left. This is one of our favorite spots and this image captured the look very well particularly the depth of the place in this view. The redness and variegation in colors comes through well.   Posted: 08/21/2019 15:01:13
Laurie Meriwether   Laurie Meriwether
It's such a beautiful spot. Utah's National Parks are incredible. I am lucky to have such close access to them (SLC).   Posted: 08/21/2019 15:10:24