Balanced Rock at Arches National Park

I’m back to the icons again. I can’t help myself. I know it’s been done but icons are icons for a reason. When you visit Arches National Park in Utah you just can’t go home without an image of balanced rock.

The first time I passed balanced rock along the scenic drive it was fairly early in the evening, around 5:30pm, so the light was still harsh. But there were a few clouds in the sky and it was a perfect opportunity to make a black and white image.

Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Utah

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I made this image by converting to black and white in Nik Silver Efex. I like how the control point technology in Nik allowed me to increase the details in the rocks while leaving the sky alone.

The next day I stopped at the same location after sunset when the sky started to turn cobalt blue. There was no longer any direct light on the rocks so it made a softer image overall. I really like how the red rocks contrast with the blue sky at twilight.

Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Utah

I made this image by combining three exposures so I could maintain detail in the rocks while getting the darker blue sky. Then I polished it off in Nik Color Efex Pro.

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    • says

      Many thanks Howard. I know what you mean about not shooting during harsh light. Somehow we get trained (brainwashed?) not to do that, but there are lots of opportunities if you know which techniques to use or just pay more attention to the direction of the light to understand what options you might have. Thanks very much for the compliment :)

    • says

      Hi Edith, I just knew you would say that :) I’m still working on my black and white techniques, but the images seem to be getting better. Thanks for your comments.

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