Prepare yourself for a super long blog post. No, I won’t be typing like a maniac, but I am putting up a ton of images from this weekend’s “dry run” for the White Pocket workshop.
The images in today’s post, like yesterday’s, are pretty much as shot. Only the first image has been really worked with, it’s an HDR. And it’s an HDR of the same image posted yesterday. Take a look between the two. The rest are pretty much straight out of the camera. Any edits are so minor they’re not worth pondering long, and the work done was all in Lightroom. Here and there I popped the clarity slider up to define edges better, and I pushed Orange and Yellow up about +20 on a few that didn’t relay the color I personally saw.
Why skip the post processing I usually do? Simple. I really want viewers / readers to get the idea that the colors and textures here are real, not added after the fact. The photos don’t need a ton of tweaking unless you’re trying to create something stylized. It’s safe to say if you’re a regular reader here you know I like to add my own spin and vision to images. But today I just want you to see White Pocket as it is.
After numerous trips to the area I can safely say that everything is about time of day. Some areas are best shot at dawn and dusk. Others look terrible at those times of day, and you’ve got to broaden your horizons as a landscape photographer to capture the scene you want. As the sun moves across the sky a visually dull area suddenly becomes the most colorful formation in White Pocket. The usual rules of the golden hour don’t apply to all scenes. Of course, the golden hours also make some of the most stunning images here…..if you study the formations a bit.
Okay, enough of my blah, blah, blah typing. Enjoy the images. I hope they inspire you to seek out amazing places and visit them too!