Arches National Park

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Just returned from a very fun four day trip to Moab, Utah. I took over 500 pictures. The weather was sunny and hot. Here are a few from the first day. All taken with D70 and kit lens.

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All were taken in RAW. As I am fairly new to this, I love comments on my technique or post processing. You are all helping me learn a great deal.
 
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These are really nice. I especially like the third one, very striking composition. It has a strong center of interest, and the shadowed forground gives the image a sense of depth and a more "layered" look.
 
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I love the deserts of the American West, these pictures make me want to go back yet again. :D
I love the pictures, my only comment is that some are perhaps a little bit oversharpened, it might be worth playing with the amount of sharpening and see the effect of varying it, did you use unsharp mask?
 
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Dave Rosser said:
I love the pictures, my only comment is that some are perhaps a little bit oversharpened, it might be worth playing with the amount of sharpening and see the effect of varying it, did you use unsharp mask?
Then again I realise I had my outdoor spec on and was peering over the rims with my nose up against the screen - things look much better through my reading specs :lol: (I am very very short sighted!!)
 
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Nice series Terri, really like the composition in how you put these together, you put some thought into it and it shows. Well done!
 
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These are really nice. I especially like the third one, very striking composition. It has a strong center of interest, and the shadowed forground gives the image a sense of depth and a more "layered" look.
Thank you--I think it is one of my favorites as well. It took a little work, because the foreground was black on the unprocessed Raw file. I think I will print and frame this one.
 
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Dave Rosser said:
Dave Rosser said:
I love the pictures, my only comment is that some are perhaps a little bit oversharpened, it might be worth playing with the amount of sharpening and see the effect of varying it, did you use unsharp mask?
Then again I realise I had my outdoor spec on and was peering over the rims with my nose up against the screen - things look much better through my reading specs :lol: (I am very very short sighted!!)
Those darn glasses. Getting older is a bummer sometimes. Maybe its time for some progressive bifocals. Switching between two pairs would be really hard.
 
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Did you use polarizer ?

Those are great. Did you use Matrix or Spot metering. You handled the sky/land exposure wonderfully.
The first day of our trip I didn't use a polarizer. These were all taken without. My hoya polarizer seems to be giving me some problems. I never had any problems on my 8080 with a hoya circular polarizer, but on the D70 I get a brownish cast to some of my pictures when I use it.

I used matrix metering on all and shot in Raw. I had to do a lot of shadow reduction both in ACR and in photoshop using the shadow/highlight tool.

Thanks for commenting.
 
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Keith R. said:
Nice series Terri, really like the composition in how you put these together, you put some thought into it and it shows. Well done!
Thank you Keith. I used to be in such a hurry that I would forget to concentrate on the composition. I am trying to work on consciously taking time for each shot. I have so much to learn, but I can see some improvement with practice. I guess we just have to keep trying.
 
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Terri French said:
Dave Rosser said:
Dave Rosser said:
I love the pictures, my only comment is that some are perhaps a little bit oversharpened, it might be worth playing with the amount of sharpening and see the effect of varying it, did you use unsharp mask?
Then again I realise I had my outdoor spec on and was peering over the rims with my nose up against the screen - things look much better through my reading specs :lol: (I am very very short sighted!!)
Those darn glasses. Getting older is a bummer sometimes. Maybe its time for some progressive bifocals. Switching between two pairs would be really hard.
Tried them a few years back, could not make them work, my wife has them, you should see her trying to get onto the top of escalators though :lol:
 
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