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!

    1. Eiderdrake. 90 months ago | reply

      Now this I like. Great textures and shapes. The splash of light is so nicely placed. It certainly pays to look down to ground level, you have an eye for seeing the detail so many others would miss, keep up the great work...

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