Oculus

Occulus

This is an image of a formation in Upper Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona. I shot six exposures at shutter speeds from 4 seconds to 1/60 of a second. Each exposure was at 18mm, and at f/22 and ISO 200, using a tripod. I processed the exposures first using Nik’s HDR Efex Pro, and then layering in processed versions of my own.

I obviously had plenty of dynamic range in this set of exposures to show full details in the cliff on the left, but I decided the image was both more real looking and more dramatic with shadow areas a bit cloaked in mystery.

I also prepared a monochromatic version of this HDR image (below). As with a recent image of a tree, sometimes I find it hard to choose between black & white and color. Digital means one can have both, and don’t necessarily have to decide, but if you have a strong preference for one or the other, let me know.

Occulus

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