Driving back to Orem from Ureka last weekend I found a dry riverbed leading into an old rail trestle in the open range. Lots going on here but that's typical of the landscape in this part of the state. The rail ended just before the road to the left and to the right, desert plants were growing thru the ties.
There are hundreds of miles of BLM land out here and roads that run off into the middle of nowhere. I've been on a bunch now and driven around for hours without seeing or hearing another human being. Scenes like this just pop up in front of you as you come around a curve sometimes so getting out onto the dirt two tracks is a real adventure. Lots more to see south of here towards Bryce Canyon.
I can't remember how many times I've stopped my car just to get out and look at the scenery while I've been out shooting on weekends. It seems never ending. I've had several people who've traveled thru here for various reasons tell me it was one of the most beautiful places they've been in the country. A lot of the back roads that were open this fall have been closed for winter. But come spring when the wild flowers start to bloom I'll be back out there. In the meantime I'm making use of the open range southwest of here and planning some trips further south towards the National Parks.
I shoot everything with the D800E in neutal unlike my D300 and D300S which I have set to vivid for color. The D800E seemed oversaturated at that setting. So I usually add a bit of contrast, color saturation and after resizing for the web, some sharpening. In the case of this photo I used content aware in CS6 to remove a couple power poles on the hillsides in the background. That's about it. Really like the content aware patch and move options in CS6. Work like a charm for things like that.
That's a good idea Peter.It would be fascinating to see the change once the ice melts. Looking at the current dryness it's hard to imagine it flowing with water. If you do get a chance to reshoot the scene please post both images - now and then. Derek
We're getting lots of great light to work with this time of year. Winter storms blow in and give the place an almost surreal feeling. Everything will be shaded by clouds at times and then the sun will light up just the tops of the highest peaks and the entire atmosphere changes. And the soft cloud produced light gives me the entire day to shoot. Really love this place.
Should be interesting to see in the spring if they get good snow this winter. The dry river beds in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada turned into raging rivers in the Spring. I'm sure the landscape here will see some dramatic changes as well.
We're getting lots of great light this time of year with storms blowing thru. So often I'm seeing just the tops of the higher mountains touched by sunlight with everything else under the shadow of clouds. Makes for some great contrast. I'm finding the D800E handles this better than any camera I've had. Looking forward to some challenges of winter weather in the coming months.