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This is a shot I’ve been hoping to nail down for about 5 years now, after discovering this comp on a solo trip trough the Eastern Sierras. I’ve gotten some great light here over the years, but have never quite managed to come up with a shot that did this place any justice. I think I finally have come up with a rendition that truly does this spot justice… putting much emphasis on the arch and massive pillars of granite.
To dial this one in it was an exposure blend and focus blend. I did a bit of texture work to get all the detail to pop, but in a non-overdone way that is a bit more palatable. I also did quite a bit of work with levels through some luminosity masks to dial in the overall feel to the light balance. Some dodging and burning to add some emphasis here and there to light, shadow, and color. Varied white balance adjustments to add a little depth. Some warping to fine tune the composition And uh… some other stuff I’m sure, but I forget.
Anyways, I recently released a tutorial video that covers some of the techniques I use in my processing. I also lead in-field workshops, teach processing online via Skype screen sharing, and blah blah blah.
Also, I’m happy to announce that I will be co-leading a tour in March with my friend Arild Heitmann! 10 epic days of chasing light across Norway. Mountains, beaches, beaches with mountains, Aurora, long arctic sunrises and sunsets. It’s destined to be the trip of lifetime!
You can check it all out at Ryan Dyar Photography.
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