Friday, May 28, 2010
To learn more about Arches National Park we suggest you visit the website here. The park is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year and is just a couple miles North of Moab on Route 191.
We made this our last stop before heading home and we're glad we did. The images were all taken late afternoon on Thursday May 20th; Sandy as usual was using the Canon 1DsIII along with the 28-135mm lens while Don was using his Leica M9 and a choice of either the Summicron 35mm f/2 or Summarit 90mm f/2.5 lens; somehow the 50mm never left the bag however he kept muttering how much a 135mm would have been that much better.
We've included a lot of images so take your time and enjoy your visit.
There's a well maintained paved road leading from the Visitors Center into the Park. The first thing you notice is a climb of several hundred feet that puts you into the Park proper and allows a brief view of the valley below where you'll see Moab in the distance as well as the La Sal Mountains. You'll be sharing the road with bicycles so be careful; while we're on the subject of being careful remember you're still in the Southwest where days can reach into the 100's and nights can be very cold.
While the road continues further inside the Park we decided to take the road leading into the "Windows Section" This road ends at a large parking lot where you can walk out to the North & South Windows as well as Turret Arch.
We pulled into the Garden of Eden to watch a group of rock climbers as well as get a couple of snap shots of the area. Rock climbers aren't new to us as we see them often as we drive along Potash Road (that blog is coming so stay tuned) however we had never encounter them inside Arches.
Don caught this image while shooting the climbers in the Garden of Eden area. See any faces?
Finally a view of the Windows Section from the Garden of Eden.
There's more coming from our stay at Moab including a couple of images of a commercial being shot so stay tuned.
All of the images were processed using Adobes new Photoshop CS5 as well as Nik Software VIVEZA® 2
Thanks for visiting us and please remember your comments and thoughts are always welcome.
Sandy & Don
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
First let me explain the header image.
After stopping the Hubbell Trading Post National Monument we found a large stone barn on the property; the stone was at least 2-feet thick, the inside was cool and dark. I've taken to the habit of carrying the Leica M9 with me when we make rest stops as you just never know what you might find. One of the items we found in the cool shade of the barn was the wagon. The image was shot using a Leica Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH lens set at f/2, 1/3 ISO 250.
We've been home now for several days and within that time I've loaded the CS5 upgrade on the studio computer and decided to try a 15-day trail of NIK Viveza 2.
There's three images included in this write-up all the combination of a 4-shot panorama Sandy shot using the Canon 1DsIII handheld at a sunset spot we found in Moab the second day we were there. Yes, I know 4-shot panos and a major PIA however I wanted to try the new software out once we got home. The major part of CS5 is a new "content awareness fill" (under "Edit" open "Fill" then look for the dropdown box and select "Content-Aware"). While I selected a very difficult image to try for my first time I'll admit that I'm blown-away at the results; I can only image what I'll be able to do with other images in the future.
Here's the first image - 4-shots placed into a panorama
The final image was also a test - this time of what Viveza 2 is capable of. This is another software that has simply blown me away for what it can do using very simple instructions. I was expecting a huge learning curve on this however it was the complete opposite.
Thank you as always for visiting and please stay tuned for further news.
Here's a teaser image for next time; that's me laying down on the job as I capture the Green River Overlook. More to come...