Every now and then, and it seems to come in spurts, you see something and think – “I have GOT to get a picture of that!” Last Thursday evening was one of those moments for me. I was prepping to head out early the next morning – the same morning that resulted in Fog Blanket – and I noticed the passing low clouds obscuring the full moon. The breaks in the clouds made for a very impressive view, that I had to get. Well, this was the result of that…
It really wasn’t very good. In fact, it was disappointing! The passing clouds prevented a nice sharp capture of the moon, and the motion of the passing clouds didn’t translate well. But, that is where the fun started — time to see what sort of creative license I could have with this image. There is something there, I just know it!
I took the image into Photoshop and started to pick it apart. A little luminescence adjustment in Camera Raw to clean up the noise, a little sharpening and off we went. Then I split the moon and the clouds into 2 different layers. Each got separate light adjustments and the clouds got the swirl treatment. In the end, I got something I was actually pretty excited about. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
Another from the series of shots I took this past Friday at Garden of the Gods. This is Kindergarten Rock as seen from the Ridge Trail, near it’s apex. I love the detail in this old rock, and how she glows in the early morning sun. The passing clouds are just icing on the cake. Enjoy!
This week, with each passing morning as I got ready to head off to work, I would see the wonderful sunrise and think to myself, “Why didn’t I get up early and try to capture this?” Finally, I had grown tired of missing out on these sunrises and headed out early Friday morning. I am fortunate that I can get to Garden of the Gods, one of the most photographed places in the city, catch the sunrise and still be at work on time during this time of the year.
One of my favorite places to go in Garden of the Gods in the Ridge Trail loop. It weaves around the southern part of the central garden area, and in many places, you are in the midst of some of the best rock formations in the park. As it turned out, most of the interesting clouds were north of the park, so this trail was perfect, as it put the rocks between the camera and the clouds. It was time for the sun to come up and paint another glorious day.
It was a wonderful sunrise, yet it all ended too soon. This is one of a series of shots I took today. I really liked the play of the two towers – the red sandstone on the left seeming to glow in the sunrise while the back side of the limestone of the right is stuck in shadows but yearning for the same level of attention. The clouds, which are losing their pre-dawn glow seem to favor the red sandstone as they move off to the east.
Sometimes you just have a feeling. And this morning, I had the feeling that I should be expecting a nice sunset. You have to love it when a plan comes together! This was taken from the Mesa Rd overlook of Garden of the Gods. It is one of the more popular photographic spots in the city. The wind was brisk, and moving the clouds along. My initial intent was to do a “normal HDR” processing with images from this photo shoot. I wanted to get the great clouds while still keeping the light and clarity of the rocks below. After reviewing the raw images, however, I decided to take a very different route with this image. It is a processing workflow that I had not tried before, and it did include some HDR processing. I would be interesting in your thoughts on how this turned out.
I am a little behind in posting these to the blog. So here goes. Just 2 images from this week, both are cloud based. We get some wonderful sunsets here, and the first one is an example of the color the clouds get once the sun sets behind the mountains. The next image is the day after a completely wet and rainy day (we don’t get many of these!) and due to the moisture, we had this line of clouds laying in the valley, basically fogging in most of the city. It was a pretty neat site.