False Kiva At Sunset #2 - Canyonlands National Park, File # 1123927
You see the dark and lighter portions are substantially different in terms of exposure. Unfortunately, a manual compositor like I am requires some decided patience to get the edges between light and dark just right. Well, I didn't have the patience meaning what I started in January wasn't finished until just now. In fact, if it weren't for some new tools in Photoshop CS5 I might never have finished these images. I'm happy I was able to.
That improvement in technology is always a factor in digital photography. I know some folks never look back at their images and continue to only work new technology on new images--i.e. never go backwards. I appreciate that perspective but sometimes you just have to like I did here. It's definitely more reasonable to go backwards when you hadn't really finished any versions previously--i.e. you're not repeating work. In my case, I really was waiting for technology to improve enough so I could finish these images. Makes me happy there's the constant march of progress in our photography world.
Just a couple observations about the trail to this location. This Kiva is located about 200 vertical feet below the lip of this plateau. Up behind me and to the left is the way to the top of the plateau. But, the path isn't straight. In fact, this cave looking feature isn't really a cave. It's merely a flat spot with an over-hang. The path out of here is to the right. It takes you below the lip of this flat part in front of me and towards the left to the steep, rocky (really loose rock) trail to the left. Even when you've made the climb back to the top of the edge of the plateau the trail is not tall that well marked back to the street. I, probably true to form, got slightly disoriented and hit the road a quarter mile away from my bike.
One of these years, I'm going to make it back here during the right conditions. First, it has to be the right temperature, not too hot or not too cool. The best time is likely the middle of fall instead of the summer--i.e. July--like I was here. Next, I need to be here with At least a half moon to make the trek out of here with the moons light to help. Since I'll likely want to capture right after sunset, that means a waxing moon. I'm guessing there are probably only two or three days a year that will meet all these requirements.
So many things to think about with photography other than just the picture taking parts. I guess that's a big reason why I love photography.