When you are sitting up on the amphitheater across from Delicate Arch with 200 or so of your closest photographer buddies crowded around waiting for sunset, it seems rather tricky to come up with anything original. I came away with all the usual postcard shots except, in the postcards, there are usually good clouds in the background too.
This is as close as I got to anything even vaguely different that evening (aside, of course, from the most excellent light painting shots taken later that night).
I did my monochrome conversion on this picture using Nik Silver Efex Pro and I’m definitely coming around to that tool. While the basic conversion parameters are absolutely no better than Lightroom or Photoshop (frankly, I think those tools are more flexible), the control points in SFX really make a huge difference for local adjustments and I can achieve the overall look I want rather quicker there than by using masked curves in Photoshop. I’ll have to play with it some more.
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