David Kepley  

Red Rock Country by David Kepley

January 2022 - Red Rock Country

January 2022 - David Kepley


About the Image(s)

I took this shot at dawn in the Valley of Fire State Park in NV. This is one of those that I “re-discovered” while looking at old photos. I passed it by several years ago, but with fresh eyes, I find I really like it. So what do you think? A keeper?

Settings: Canon 7D, Mark II with a 24-70mm lens, shot at 27mm. On a tripod. .8 sec, f22, ISO 250. I used the sliders in LRC and cropped off about 25% of the bottom to give it more of a pano feel.

8 comments posted

Bud Ralston   Bud Ralston
Definitely a keeper. A very nice job of creating a colorful and interesting picture from a dull and drab image.   Posted: 01/04/2022 19:04:22

David Kepley   David Kepley
Thanks, Bud! It sometimes pays to look at old photos that you thought were a non-starter!   Posted: 01/05/2022 12:42:42
Bud Ralston   Bud Ralston
Especially today with all the Ai programs available. The only problem that creates is going through thousands of old photos to rework. At least I'm never without something to do! 🤣   Posted: 01/07/2022 13:51:07

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
You did a really nice job of working with the highlights and bringing this image to life. Keeping that yellow rock in the lower left as an anchor point and using the bright peaks as a rising diagonal line really sets off this image. That rising line adds depth and moves the eye through the image. This is well done as is the choice for a pano crop. This image is about the highlights and those you handled quite will. My suggestion is a bit tricky but look at the original in the lower right corner. Notice how some areas of that land is brighter the closer it gets to the dark red rocks. By using a graduated gradient filter in a diagonal position you could bright up some of the darkness and more replicate the light pattern on the original. Don't bring it up a light just soften the darkness---it might take a few experiments but give it a try.

This is a really dramatic and visually pleasing image with some real WOW attached to it.   Posted: 01/07/2022 14:15:35
David Kepley   David Kepley
Thanks, Larry for the encouragement and the tip! I'll start experimenting with lightening up the lower right neat the rocks that are highlighted!   Posted: 01/07/2022 16:25:44

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
This is a big WOW image. You worked some magic processing of a pretty drab orginal image. I just don't see any thing I would change. I love the sky and the layers of the mountains and differant colors is outstanding.The diagonal lines of the sun that leads you through the image from left to right is perfect. Thid is a keeper for sure.   Posted: 01/12/2022 12:50:53
David Kepley   David Kepley
Thanks Richard! It pays to look back at old stuff!!   Posted: 01/12/2022 15:43:58

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Hi David, you did a masterful job of editing this image! Love the pano crop, and who would have thought there was so much color and complexity in that sky. Wow!   Posted: 01/19/2022 14:56:58


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