National Parks in Eastern Utah and Colorado - warning, lots of pics

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by emptysensor, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
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    Joe
    We recently went on vacation to see Arches, Canyonlands, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Rocky Mountain National Parks. In addition we spent a little time in Denver before flying home. I hate to sound like a fanboy, but mu43 is the perfect system to use for this. I took two bodies, an EM10 and an EPL7, and a bunch of lenses, and they all fit in a single backpack. The image quality is plenty good enough for me. If you're interested in the camera or lens for a given shot, you can click through to flickr.

    19915953379_8eebbf433a_b. Canyonlands by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    19535472094_8ecfef7860_b. Double Arch by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    19938139620_a407e40eed_b. Mesas by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    19503729994_d0c96f4237_b. Mesa Arch by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    19879937614_567d8df5d1_b. The Trail Less Traveled by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    19389250434_ebd31d0d96_b. Juniper Tree by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    20158083695_5724e0fa05_b. Balanced Rock by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    20500797245_e037bbf2f5_b. Colorado State Capitol Looking Down by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    19878045804_a03b7110ea_b. The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    19878070133_f7a353f042_b. Rainbow Curve Overlook by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    20472768856_9b6e8deafa_b. Dream Lake by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    19680869304_82a6f00718_b. The Stanley Hotel by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    20278845791_fe142d2c27_b. Getting Ready by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    20084833070_b8821859cd_b. Black Canyon of the Gunnison 1 by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    20086089549_fa3d40606f_b. Navajo Arch by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    20185888245_ef139e666e_b. Devil's Garden Trail 3 by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    19503303824_7603ef80c1_b. Top of the World by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    19914703738_5c97e958e6_b. Dead Horse Point 1 by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    20017499231_5fc17832f5_b. Colorado State Capitol Building 2 by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr

    19823749378_e7a6bfc153_b. Elk by Joe Sharrow, on Flickr
     
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  2. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Wonderful set! Don't you love the west? When we lived in VA, and traveled, I always felt bad going back to VA.
     
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  3. StefanKruse

    StefanKruse Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2015
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    Stefan
    Great set, some beautiful locations and photos
     
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  4. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Virginia
    Joe
    Thank you both. We also live in VA (edit - guess that's listed at the top, duh!), and I do like the west much better.
     
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  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    All of these are wonderful. The first one is stunning, but my favorites are the ones with the tiny people for scale.
     
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  6. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Joe
    Thanks Amin, and thanks for featuring my post. I like to do the scale comparison when it works, though I'm not always successful :)
     
  7. hartt

    hartt Mu-43 Rookie

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    Gorgeous!
     
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  8. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Joe
    Thanks. I appreciate it.
     
  9. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    siftu
    A well done set, congratulations. My fav is the Juniper Tree. Trips always look better in a set to me.
     
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  10. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Joe
    Thanks. I've made photobooks of trips, and though they're expensive, they're great to look back on later.
     
  11. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Yes, that is nice & my wife's favourite.
     
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  12. Andym72

    Andym72 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Every one of my favourites is the Panny UWA at 7mm.

    Damn this is really making me crave an ultrawide lens! Sometimes the Samyang with Defish and Crop just isn't the same...
     
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  13. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Joe
    My 7-14 is almost always stuck on 7mm. Though I like the Samyang 7.5 I use the 7-14 way more. It's definitely one of my favorites, if not my overall favorite. I highly recommend getting one.
     
  14. jaydubstar

    jaydubstar Mu-43 Regular

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  15. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Joe
    Thanks. It looks like you've been to some of the same places and taken some nice shots - cool. Yosemite is a great place to go. The hike to Upper Yosemite Falls is excellent, but pretty strenuous. I didn't think it would be, but Yellowstone is one of my favorites and definitely worth seeing.
     
  16. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    Philly
    Steve
    These are excellent. I've always lived on the east coast too and love the west better any day.

    Did you use bracketing for these or just did very good PP? They all look very natural with excellent DR and exposure. Like perfect highlight and shadow ratios IMO. When I was in UT, CO, and other western States I was using an E1 and 12-60. Stupidly shot in JPG to save space and upload from Laptop to blog at the time. My processing has some a long way since then, but these are superbly done. What program did you use?
     
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  17. DigitalD

    DigitalD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    David
    These are great. You have a really great eye for detail and composition. And goes to show you don't have to have the flashiest most expensive camera to make great art. Nicely done!
     
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  18. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Joe
    Thank you both. Wisertime there is no bracketing. I do everything single shot in RAW. I use Nik for raw presharpening, Dfine for noise reduction, and colorefex pro for processing. I have a couple recipes that use pro contrast and tonal contrast together as well as one that adds some mild bleach bypass for a more dramatic look. I finish up in Lightroom for final sharpening and tweaking. Throughout I check highlights and shadows to keep them in line. Also I discovered how to show them on the camera as you take the shots to make some minor exposure tweaks, mainly to keep from blowing out the sky. It's taken me quite a while to get a workflow that I'm happy with, at least until I change software and have to start all over again :)
     
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  19. woof

    woof Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    The present.
    Goregeous sets...
     
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  20. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Very, very nice!

    Z...
     
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