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John Ford’s Level (Arizona) • PhotoTraces


The John Ford’s Level, no doubt, is probably the most iconic and recognizable spot within the Monument Valley. On the similar time, it’s most likely the busiest place within the park. Due to its proximity to the park’s entrance and large parking zone it’s at all times filled with vacationers.

I didn’t have large plans for the Ford’s Level once I was planning the journey. My aim was to discover extra distant spots within the park.

However, once I was getting into the park, the rain got here out of nowhere. In a matter of minutes, the temperature dropped by at the least 15°C. It scared away many of the vacationers. For the subsequent few hours, I had the Monument Valy just about to myself.

Even the John’s Ford Level was empty and I had sufficient time to discover it and to take loads of thrilling photographs with out folks in them.

John Ford’s Point (Arizona) 1
USA. Utah
Loc: 36.953240, -110.086364

Taking pictures

The principle problem was to ensure rain wouldn’t damage my digicam and lens. I used to be hiding the digicam beneath my jacket between the photographs and stored wiping the lens after every shot. That is once I realized that I completely wanted a climate sealed digicam and lens combo.

Digicam: Sony s6000
Lens: Sony 16-70mm
Focal Size: 20mm
Taking pictures Mode: Aperture Precedence (A)
ISO: 100
Aperture: F7.1
Shutter Velocity: 1/250s
Tripod: handheld

Modifying & Processing

It was a easy and uncomplicated single RAW processing workflow.

Lightroom (90%)

First, I used the Crop Overlay software to straighten the picture and to make composition a bit tighter. I used the method I outlined within the article: Methods to Straighten a Photograph in Lightroom.

Subsequent, I used the Pure preset from my Panorama Preset Assortment as the bottom for Lightroom Fast Modifying. Then I used TOOLKIT to spice up the Distinction and the Readability.

The Lightroom Preset Modifying Components: Pure (9, 12, 16, 21, 31)

Photoshop (10%)

In Photoshop all I needed to do was to spice up the small print and cut back the noise.
PluginsDeNoise (noise discount), Topaz Element (native distinction increase).

Whole Time: 10min

Earlier than & After Transformation




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