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Abandoned By The Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake Urbex

The places you find in Salt Lake City Utah are pretty cool! This location is just south of the Great Salt Lake. I have no idea what was, but now it’s a photographer’s heaven. The only strike against it is that is smells an awful lot like dead fish. Other than that, it’s pretty neat.

Photographer’s Note – To account of the range of light in this image, I had to shoot 7 brackets and blend them together using Photomatix. I finished the stylizing off in Color Efex Pro.

Technical Difficulties and Utah’s Capitol

Due to a technical problem, today’s adventure in Belize will be postponed and replaced with a less adventurous image of the Utah Capitol.

Today I’ll be making my way North into the jungles of Belize via the world famous Hummingbird Highway. If all goes well, I’ll be able to share images from today’s adventure with you tomorrow.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

I tell you what, this lion had one heck of a view. Getting to watch the sunset over the Great Salt Lake every night would be quite a treat!

Book Club

I will have the final details for you on Monday when the Book Club officially launches, but for now I would like to thank our sponsors who believe that investing in creativity is a good idea. They came through huge!!!

Think Tank Bags

Every week we will be giving away a ThinkTank card organizer and at the end of the event, ThinkTank will be giving away a free Retrospective 5 to one lucky reader.

Nik Software

Nik Software will be giving away one of their individual products every week, and then the big daddy…at the end Nik will be giving one lucky reader the entire ‘Complete Collection’.

Craft & Vision

Craft & Vision is going to be giving away free books every week, and at the end of the club one lucky reader will get their entire collection.

Super Cool Security Guard

Karl, the security guard pictured here, kicked me out of the LDS Conference Center. Well, it was more like he asked me to leave because it was closing…but you get the idea. We chatted on the way down the stairs and he shared some pretty cool stories with me and I told him about HDR photogrpahy. On my way out I asked if he wouldn’t mind posing for a quick photo for me. My photo really needed some scale. He not only obliged, he stood still for all 9 brackets which took about 2 minutes. Yep, cool dude!

Photographer’s Note: This is a 9 bracket HDR image. After tone-mapping it in Photomatix, I corrected the sky with a middle bracket. Then I applied Nik’s Dark Contrast, Glamour Glow, and Brilliance Warmth (only saturating warm colors). Finally, once we were back in Lightroom 4, I added some Vignette.

24 Hours of Photoshop

I’m excited to announce that I will be presenting at the first annual 24 Hours of Photoshop (register here). The event is pretty slick. You can watch the live presentation (all 24hrs of it) live for free. If you can’t watch the entire event, you can purchase the whole thing for only $199. I’m not sure when I will be presenting, but I’ll be sure to let you know. If you just want to go ahead and get the entire workshop now, you can purchase it here…

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More From Temple Square

I’m fascinated with photographing around Temple Square in the heart of Salt Lake City. This is an image of the LDS Conference Center which is situated across the street from main temple. I photographed it from the other side so you can see the temple in the background. I’ll share that image down the road.

My question is this, have you ever photographed in our around Temple Square? IF so, please leave a comment with a link to you photos. I’d love to see them.

Photographer’s Note

This is a 7 photograph HDR image. I processed the RAW files in Light Room 4 then ran them through Photomatix. After that I did some styling in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop, added a little Nik Define Noise Reduction and CEP 4 Glamor Glow, sharpened it a bit, and added a final global contrast adjustment. I shot it with a Nikon D700 paired with the Nikon 24mm 1.4 (what a glorious lens!).

Another Question

Do you like seeing the processing/capture notes? They take a while to add, but if it helps you out I’ll continue to do it.