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.
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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.
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.