• ~400 feet tall? Just estimating and can't seem to find any solid numbers online...
  • On the other side of the Temple were a series of beautiful sandstone rocks which would've formed amazing foreground elements, but the view from that side wasn't nearly as impressive and would've lacked the wonderful sunset glow.
  • 1/3 mile behind this is the Temple of the Moon

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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  1. photo_girl_19 [deleted] 35 months ago | reply

    great photo :)

  2. wanderingjohn 35 months ago | reply

    Have been to Capitol Reef. Missed this one. I was limited to where I wanted to take a 700 lb. motorcycle. Great shot though, and you're right,--most have never heard of it.

  3. DarkAngelDay 35 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot!

  4. Alexander Steinhof 35 months ago | reply

    This is a really fantastic picture...I like it!

    Greetings Alex
    My website: web-done.de

  5. MistyDays / CB 35 months ago | reply

    Spectacular--one of my favorite places. I haven't been up that road since I sold my Toy truck; how was it's condition?

  6. Joshua Cripps 34 months ago | reply

    The road was in pretty good shape. I feel like I could drive about 30 mph in most places. Very fun to rally car drive around some of the corners too. :)

  7. Ramón Espelt 34 months ago | reply

    Muy buena foto; enhorabuena por ella y por el Explore.
    Mi última foto:
    Tobal Sep 2008

  8. ribeiroferro 34 months ago | reply

    Very beautiful.. show.
    Edson- Brasil.

  9. pixlperfect 34 months ago | reply

    Very nice; great composition!

  10. Cowboy4God 34 months ago | reply

    It looks real beatiful Utah most be real pretty there.

  11. QC52 34 months ago | reply

    Great shot.

  12. Patrick J Spence 34 months ago | reply

    great composition

  13. AerialAmerica 33 months ago | reply

    Have you considered entering Smithsonian Channel's Aerial America Photo Contest? We want to show what makes the country beautiful from the ground! There's a $3,000.00 grand prize!
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  14. AngelasTravels 32 months ago | reply

    looks like a great tip to take note of thanks to try to get to...lovely shot

  15. jjs08 31 months ago | reply

    Stunning shot!

  16. Nick Chill Photography 28 months ago | reply

    Your photo is one of the Top 20 Photos of 2011, in the group Best of U.S. National Parks. Congratulations!

  17. chimpurox 24 months ago | reply

    cool photo n nice pic

  18. JoeCow 10 months ago | reply

    Having a good day?

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