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Capitol Reef: The Coolest National Park You've Never Heard Of (Explore #1, June 6th :)

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Just back from a 10-day trip through central Utah. Had some amazing light, saw some spectacular scenery, and got covered with so much orange dust it's not even funny.

 

Here's a shot of Temple of the Sun in Capitol Reef National Park in Central Utah. An absolute undiscovered gem of a park, Captiol Reef houses some of the most breathtaking and unique scenery of the Waterpocket Fold, a massive wrinkle in the Earth's surface. Towering cathedrals, slot canyons, never-ending vistas, volcanic remnants: this park has enough to keep a photographer busy for ages.

 

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Tech notes on this photo

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Nikon D7000

Tokina 12-24 f/4 at 12mm on a crop sensor

ISO250 to help shorten shutter speed as it was pretty dang windy out

f/8

1/50 sec

Lee 2-stop soft GND filter

 

Post-Processing

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In Raw Converter (Nikon Capture NX2)

- Processed single raw file twice: once for Temple and once for foreground

- Global contrast for added pop

- Slight exposure and contrast increase to foreground

 

In Photoshop:

- Noise reduction via Neat Image

- Selective sharpening of foreground and Temple

- Minor curves adjustment to add local contrast to sagebrush

 

Thanks for your visits!

 

~Josh

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Taken on May 26, 2011