Brad Ashbrook  

Monument Valley by Brad Ashbrook

May 2022 - Monument Valley

About the Image(s)

This is from the same trip as last month and the storm is moving out to the left. This is a 4 shot HDR, Sony a7R2, 24-70mm at 29mm, f11 ISO 400, +2 to -1. This was processed with Aurora (on a tripod no issues) where most of the edits were done. Mostly contrast, highlights, shadows, color and then to PS for clean up. I decided to leave the 1 car for scale.

3 comments posted

Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
The blend is smooth, and the result looks totally natural for the lighting you had. How long did you have to wait for that one formation to be lit? Those clouds don't look like fast movers. It took me a bit to find the car, but I like it for scale. You don't appreciate how big the Valley is without a reference.   Posted: 05/08/2022 08:37:06
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Your comment made me curious because I almost submitted another photo which I had to do a blend with a non-HDR sky because of movement. So between that one and the sky opening with some light was only about 5 minutes. The one above is 4 exposures and the clouds didn't move much. I agree, from the visitors center without something, the 3 sisters do not appear very big.   Posted: 05/08/2022 13:54:36

Max Burke   Max Burke
This is a pleasant image with good lighting on the rock tower/Mesa on the right. The road and car provide a good scale as Rick stated. A winter image like this illustrates the lack of one feature I seem to always receive when driving on this road - Dust! The clouds may show a possible weather-front as evident changes from the cloud flow. Some cropping on the bottom close to the road may have helped your composition, though the image gives us a good view.   Posted: 05/09/2022 17:39:14


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