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Mud Patterns, Utah

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Tonight I photographed afternoon light and sunset in Goblin Valley State Park near Hanksville, Utah. I was hired by the State of Utah to create some photographs for an upcoming naturalist guide that will be published this spring. While out wandering amongst the goblins I stumbled upon a small wash that bore the most beautiful patterns in the sand/mud. It took some time to find the right composition as it isn't every day that I photograph mud.


Originally photographed in color as a RAW file, imported to Lightroom 3.3 where I converted it to black and white. I used some pretty heavy clarity which seemed to give this a more luminous quality. I also used Nik Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast & B/W Conversion) to further enhance the image. Hey, it's art - not photojournalism!

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Taken on January 15, 2011