Michael Nath  

Arches Rocks by Michael Nath

September 2021 - Arches Rocks

About the Image(s)

The image was taken of a rock formation inside Arches National Park. The technical data is 1/100 s , F16 , ISO = 100 using a 24-70mm lens set at 70mm. The overall color was enhanced using NIK Vivenza followed by an adjustment layer using NIK CEP (detail extractor) to open up the darkest shadows.

The park was at capacity by 7:00 a.m. that morning so I elected to bypass all of the well known and more popular sites as they were over crowded with tourists to photograph an alternative rock formation with no established trail for access and therefore no tourist to avoid. I was able to relax and enjoy the view without being bothered. As I live in Utah I can always come back another day.

4 comments posted

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
I spent 9 days in the Utah Canyons, this last April, starting with Arches. A local advised me to get to park "in the dark", before the crowds arrived. That was good advice. I captured long shadows at day break.
I need to spend more time learning Vivenza. Your color, here, is excellent ! Crystal clear focus and DOF. Good job!   Posted: 09/08/2021 10:51:46

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Paul, I really appreciate it. Arches is probably my favorite park in Utah. Most of the year it is empty of tourists but this summer it has become overrun with visitors. Maybe I'll try again in December or January when everyone stays inside where it's warm.   Posted: 09/08/2021 13:57:59

Kelly Easler
Hello, Michael! My only visit to Arches was in July (so hot!), but it was spectacular, like you've captured here! It makes me miss being out West (lived in CO and CA). How wonderful to live so close that you can visit year-round! I imagine those bright orange rock formations against the big blue sky are gorgeous in the snow! Thank you for sharing the info about the filters/software! I've never heard of those and have just the basic knowledge (and not nearly enough practice) with my circular polarizer and ND filters. I look forward to learning more through your (and others') work!   Posted: 09/13/2021 02:27:49

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Welcome to the group Kelly and thank you for the compliments. If you are curious about learning about the NIK filters that I and others use, then peruse the internet via a google search and look for a source of the older free version that google used to provide and is still available. It isn't perfect but is still useable and does a fine job (it's also the version I still use). It is a plugin and works with Photoshop and Affinity Photo and possibly other editing software.   Posted: 09/13/2021 10:49:03


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