Sunday, January 20, 2008

Painted Desert Sky

I took this photo at the Painted Desert Vista rest stop off of NF-545 between Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments. The clouds had made an interesting formation, forming a clear delineation between clouds and clear sky. The reds and oranges of the Painted Desert can just barely be seen on the horizon. You can see I was still high enough in elevation that there was still a dusting of snow on the ground.


Jim said...

Very nice view. The clouds look neat.

Anonymous said...

oooo... that's gorgeous. well done!!

Curtis said...

I think your photos are amazing. I enjoy photography as a hobby and have started a photo blog of my own. In previous posts you've mentioned that you process some of your images in Photoshop. Can you recommend any good web resources where I can learn some Photoshop tricks? I really like what you've done with the sky here. Thanks!


Dustin said...

In case anyone is interested, below is the response I left for Curtis regarding his questions on photo processing software. Please let me know if any of you have any other questions.

Hi Curtis,

Thanks so much for your interest in my photoblog, Flagstaff Daily Photo. I can see from just the few of your pictures I've seen so far that you are a very gifted photographer too. You have a real eye for composition. I'm still developing mine. :-)

Anyway, to answer your question regarding PhotoShop. I have actually never used PhotoShop myself, and have preferred to stick to using the free resources available out there instead. The two photo editing programs that I use are Google's Picasa2 ( and GIMP ( Picasa is a photo organization and editing program that is very easy to use and allows you to do some pretty amazing effects. I would try that one first. Then for a little more advanced processing you can use GIMP, which allows you to work with different layers of the image. I am still finding new things to do with GIMP and I've had it for months. GIMP is closer to PhotoShop in terms of versatility and complexity.

The beauty of both these programs is that they are absolutely free and can be easily downloaded and installed. I also use the software that came with my Canon cameras from time to time just for something different.

So hopefully this gives you an place to start. There are tutorials out there for both programs, and they are especially helpful for GIMP since that program is a little more complex. I wish you the best of luck and please email me or leave a comment on my site you have any additional questions.

Take care and happy shooting.

Flagstaff Daily Photo

Randy said...

Great photo. Love that sky!