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After the Storm

After the Storm (1863)

“Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?”

                                                              Rose Kennedy


7 Responses to “After the Storm”

  1. John Linn

    Wow… very dramatic shot Paul. Looks like you were able to draw out a lot of dynamic range in the shot. Great color.

    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks John. Yes, whenever you get a storm in the desert resulting in these little pockets of water on the slickrock you have instant “drama”. A lot of photographers do the same kind of thing, of course, so there’s nothing unique about this shot, but I’ll take it again the next time I see it. There’s something addictive about the desert when it’s wet; part of that is probably the smell. It’s just completely different from anything we get here in the northeast. As to dynamic range, the only area that required some serious work was that middle part between the foreground and sky. Initially it was essentially black. It’s amazing, though, how much data is actually there.

    • Paul Maxim

      I’ve actually been fortunate enough to catch this same area after two different storms. And as EB says below, the moisture magnifies the natural beauty and color that’s already there. What amazes me is that most of the people visiting this area don’t come out until mid-morning or so. Which is just fine with me. This was in Arches NP, by the way. Those are the La Sal mountains in the background.

  2. E. Brooks

    Beautify image, Paul. Nice work with the perspective on this composition. I love how the rain amps up the saturation and especially the reds and oranges of the western desert areas. Great clouds too!

    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks EB. Yes, the rain makes the reds redder and the oranges more orange. The only problem is that it also makes slick-rock slicker. It sometimes feels like you’re walking on ice. But I’ll gladly risk it! I really hope you get to see some of this stuff soon………

      • E. Brooks

        Yea, I hadn’t thought about it, Paul, but I bet those rocks do get slick! I don’t think we’re going to make it to the southwest this year. 😦 We may get as far west as Colorado and then have to head back to Omaha for a couple of park there. We’re still feeling our way around this new job and while it has a number of advantages it also has some drawbacks. As we become a little more seasoned we’ll probably start pushing back more on determining where we go and when. 🙂


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