Black Canyon of The Gunnison – Rocks and Trees

Last year, 2014 for them reading this in the distant future, we took a drive to Montrose. It was a scouting trip for a potential move there. That was a bust, but we did finally visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

You already saw a few photos from the park in my last post. As a reminder, here’s one of them.

Montrose,

By the way, this post will follow my usual (but not of late) practice of loading fairly large (1280 pixel for the longest side) photos you can click on to open in a separate window or tab. 

There is also a SmugMug gallery for these HERE, another practice that had stopped for a while. In SmugMug, you can see the photos in their native resolution.

Anyway, the picture above is a JPG of the RAW file right out of the camera. I often mention I do first pass of post-processing with onOne Perfect Effects 9.

The basic processing involves three layers:

OnOne Layers Basic

Depending on the photo, I might switch one or two of those layers off, or maybe reduce the opacity. For most photos, I leave them as they are; the individual layers are set on “natural” for HDR and Sunshine, and “computer” for sharpening. Those settings produce subtle tweaks to the original. 

The resulting photo returns to Lightroom and may get a few additional tweaks (usually minor) such as:

Usual adjustments

I increase the contrast, tweak the clarity, and boost Vibrance and Saturation. The result after all that is this:

Montrose,

Occasionally, I will employ a more involved canned adjustment:

OnOne Layers

Keep in mind, I don’t have to use all those adjustments. I can also vary the individual values of each of those. Applying the above to the photo gives me a photo with more punch.

Montrose,

However, as I said, I typically go with the lighter touch. The basic onOne processing and Lightroom tweaks work well for most things.

For instance, take this dead tree . . .

Montrose,
As shot; no adjustments

Pretty bland, right?

Montrose,
After onOne basic processing and Lightroom basic tweaks

Now, sometimes the basic processing does little . . .

As shot
As shot
Basic processing
Basic processing

Well, crap! that really did squat all. But, I can use these more aggressive Lightroom settings . . .

Wood dramatic

. . . and get . . .

Montrose,
More aggressive use of Lightroom sliders

Here is another trunk and the variations in processing.

As shot
As shot
OnOne processing plus Lightroom tweaks
onOne processing plus Lightroom tweaks
OnOne processing plus different Lightroom tweaks
onOne processing plus different Lightroom tweaks

By the way, some dramatic and contorted figures in that trunk.

The more involved onOne processing was one I arrived at for processing photos of rocks and sky. The problem with rocks is that unless they are wet, they  come out rather bland.

Let me walk you through the process of getting a two-photos panorama to look more like I saw it in person.

I begin with these two photos . . .

Montrose,
A shot
Montrose,
As shot

I then merge them into a panorama using Photoshop . . .

Two-photos panorama
Two-photos panorama, no adjustments

I mean, it’s not an awful photo, but it has no drama, no punch, no substance. Enter the more involved processing . . .

Finished panorama
Finished panorama

I could add even more punch, but that is subtle enough to look realistic, and it’s close to what I remember. Some might balk at the cavalier way I process stuff, but the art of showing photos is not to necessarily faithfully reproduce what is there, but rather a combination of what you remember and the impression it made on you. Or, at least, me. 

I used the exact same process on this photo, a close-up of the above.

As shot
As shot
Processed
Processed

I should mention these photos are shot with the Sigma 10-20 mm wide angle lens. It may not be obvious, but the view at the bottom of the frame is vertical down and the view at the top of the frame is horizontal in front of me. The lens captures a bit more than 90 degrees from the bottom of the frame to the top of the frame.

I’m going to finish by showing a few more shots. For some of the photos, I include the “as shot” version for comparison.

Processed
Processed
Processed
Processed

Here is a pair of before-and-after processing photos.

As shot
As shot
Processed
Processed

Notice the clouds . . . it was fairly overcast which contributed to the bland look of the “as shot” version. On the other hand, I did not have to deal with bright overhead sun which would have washed out a lot of the shadows Even so, there are some shots where I am balancing sections that are in the shadow of a cloud and sections where the sunshine almost comes through a thin veil of suspended moisture.

Hre is another shot where I am standing right on the edge, essentially looking straight down.

Processed
Processed

Here is another comparison between as-shot and processed.

As shot
As shot
Processed
Processed
As shot
As shot
Processed
Processed

OK, I am going to leave you with one more. The next post will cover wildflowers and their processing.

As shot
As shot
Processed
Processed

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