Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Arizona
Sometimes I wish I could be one of those people who make images, process them, and share them all within a few days. Or even the same day!
I’ve never been able to do that and I guess I’ve given up trying. My photos seem to need a period of time to rest on my hard drive before they are ready to evolve and flourish with post processing. Call it beauty sleep.
These photos I made over two years ago and just got around to processing them recently.
Ray and I went to Cottonwood, Arizona, and stayed in a beautiful state park called Dead Horse Ranch. It was supposed to be our base station for day trips to Sedona. But when we drove into Sedona we found out it was spring break and the place was like a mad house! There was not a single parking spot anywhere. We did one drive through the city and went right back to our park.
Fortunately Dead Horse Ranch State Park is absolutely glorious, we had some incredible weather conditions, and there were plenty of photo opportunities.
These dramatic lighting conditions were perfect for some split toning in Lightroom to make the most of the high contrast situation. Using split toning (or “color grading” as it is called in the newest version of Lightroom) you can tone the highlights and shadows to make completely different versions of your photos.
I like the original versions of these photos as well, but sometimes it’s nice to make alternate versions with different colour effects for even more drama.
While processing these photos, I ended up saving 15 different presets using the split toning adjustments in Lightroom – and I’ve decided share those presets with you for free! It’s just something fun to play with and when you use the presets you will be able to see the exact settings I used and try them on your own photos.
If you are interested in trying it out, you can get the presets for free here.
There is also a video demonstration showing how to use them and how to make your own presets.
I hope you enjoy them!