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Summer TR (pics): Moab 2006

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Moab. It truly is a life-changing place. All it took was one trip. 4 years ago my wife and I made a trip to Moab (via Denver) for a week of hiking. That trip convinced us to leave the gray confines of Chicago and move out west.

And every year we make a pilgrimage or two to the red rock canyons of southern Utah.

The drive down Highway 128 provides a spectacular glimpse of what lies ahead: the Colorado River, Fisher Towers, and La Sal Mountains:


A fiery sunrise along Potash Road:


Potash Road panorama:


Railroad through Bootlegger Canyon:



Silhouette:


Corona Arch:


Sunrise at Corona Arch:


The Organ, Arches NP:


Slickrock:


Reflections:




post #2 of 13
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...contd...

La Sal Mtns & Moab Valley from Arches NP:


Delicate Arch:


Gatherer Canyon:


Moonrise over Castle Valley:


Fisher Towers ablaze at sunset:


Trail down into the maze:


Moonrise over Fisher Towers:


Climber I:


Climber II:


Dry enough for ya?
post #3 of 13
Wow! Thats all one can say. Wow!
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Woah! Nice! Hopfully you make a living doinf that, because if you don't you should. Amazing pictures. I live the couple that mix color with b&w. I've never seen anyone do that before. There are some people over on MTBR (mountain biking web site) that take some pretty good pictures, and some that are pros, and these easily qualify.

Superb, faisasy!
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the couple that mix color with b&w.
Taking pictures in Moab always leaves me in a quandary. The terrain and lighting combine to create a mood that would be great in B&W. But then I'd miss out on the eye-popping colors. I figured this would a good compromise, especially because it makes the color pop out even more.
post #6 of 13
Really superb, WOW. As a student of photography, those are really great. My favorite is the railroad shot. The Corona Arch pic looks like a polaroid transfer. What filter did you use to achieve that effect?
post #7 of 13
Awesome pics! What kind of equipment do you use? Climber II almost looks like Thors Hammer in Bryce but the rock in the background looks diferent.
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The Corona Arch pic looks like a polaroid transfer. What filter did you use to achieve that effect?
It's the Fresco filter in PhotoShop CS2. I rarely ever use any of the filters in PS -- they seem more of a novelty than anything else. But I was just playing around with some and this effect just caught my eye.

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What kind of equipment do you use?
The camera is a Nikon D50, with a Tamron 18-200mm lens.
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee
Climber II almost looks like Thors Hammer in Bryce but the rock in the background looks diferent.
You're right, it does. This spire though is much shorter than Thor's, and the "head" is also flatter. And as you noticed, the rock is different. In Bryce Canyon it has a more grainy/sandy texture, while this is very smooth slickrock.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by faisasy View Post
Taking pictures in Moab always leaves me in a quandary. The terrain and lighting combine to create a mood that would be great in B&W. But then I'd miss out on the eye-popping colors. I figured this would a good compromise, especially because it makes the color pop out even more.

How did you do those color / b&w mix pictures anyway?
post #10 of 13
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How did you do those color / b&w mix pictures anyway?
Two color image layers with layer mask and adjustment layers:
  • Color layer [with layer mask exposing the B&W portions below]
  • Channel mixer adjustment layer (to create B&W of the color layer below)
  • Curves adjustment layer (to tweak contrast of B&W portion)
  • Color layer
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by faisasy View Post
Two color image layers with layer mask and adjustment layers:
  • Color layer [with layer mask exposing the B&W portions below]
  • Channel mixer adjustment layer (to create B&W of the color layer below)
  • Curves adjustment layer (to tweak contrast of B&W portion)
  • Color layer
In layman's terms he uses image/graphic editing software and actually knows how to use it.
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee View Post
In layman's terms he uses image/graphic editing software and actually knows how to use it.
Haha...Photoshop is probably one of the few pieces of software that I've had to study to learn. I've always learned programs by just playing around without the use of any manuals or documentation. But Photoshop (at least the advanced controls) do not yield much to the experimental approach -- I mean sure, by experimenting I could see what's changing, but I couldn't tell why, and if I wanted a specific effect, I couldn't necessarily know how to do it.
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Originally Posted by faisasy View Post
Two color image layers with layer mask and adjustment layers:
  • Color layer [with layer mask exposing the B&W portions below]
  • Channel mixer adjustment layer (to create B&W of the color layer below)
  • Curves adjustment layer (to tweak contrast of B&W portion)
  • Color layer
In layman's terms, I took a B&W version of the image, put a color version on top, and then "erased" out portions of the color picture on top to reveal the B&W below. The use of layer masks and adjustment layers simply allows me to fine-tune the changes without making them permanent (e.g. if you erase, it's hard to go back and undo (if you've gone too far ahead)).
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