Pete Scifres, GPSA  

Valley of the Gods by Pete Scifres, GPSA

June 2022 - Valley of the Gods

June 2022 - Pete Scifres, GPSA


About the Image(s)

"I often include people in my landscape pictures. On our February road trip to photograph at The Wave, my long time photo-hiking partner, Suzanne, and I stopped first at Valley of the Gods for drone images. After a fabulous sky the previous evening it was very overcast the next morning and the lighting was flat. In post I added a lot of contrast and Viveza-Structure to try and bring out some "pop".

I also flipped the image horizontally to create lower left-upper right eye movement. This image was more of a memory than "art", and in retrospect it would have been nice to have shot one with just one of us in the frame and facing into it instead of looking at the drone.

DJI Air 2S, 22mm, F2.8, ISO 400, 1/730 sec

5 comments posted

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Beautiful image, I love the colors. I think drones can give a great perspective for landscapes. I think your post processing really improved the original, the lighting may be flat but I think the image has a lot of detail and visual impact. Personally, I would like to see the people a little further into the image.   Posted: 06/06/2022 16:39:23

Don Stouder   Don Stouder
Pete, you really did improve the original with your post processing in my opinion. Also, flipping the image definitely creates a more natural eye movement into the image.

The horizon seems to be a bit slanted to my eye. Perhaps using the straighten tool on the upper left part of horizon may help a bit.

Including the people was a nice touch. I should have done that with my entry this month to make it more interesting.   Posted: 06/15/2022 13:37:37
Pete Scifres   Pete Scifres does look a little tilted. I'm not sure how that happened   Posted: 06/15/2022 14:09:19

Drema Swader   Drema Swader
I like the increased saturation. The foreground is taking up about half the image without adding very much, and I think the people in the image waving at the camera detract from the image and make it seem to be just a selfie. I would consider cropping quite a lot off the bottom. If not, then perhaps darkening down the lower right and left corners with a vignette and perhaps lightening the road to provide a path with a leading line to the middle ground and background, which has some very interesting features!   Posted: 06/15/2022 17:05:52

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
Pete, the post-processing of the sky is perfect. Nice, saturated colors. Well, waving people really makes it a "family photo". To me also looks tilted while the original does not.   Posted: 06/15/2022 23:41:11


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