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Byway 9

January 11th, 2010

This road is one of the most spectacular roads you can drive on in the States. It takes you in and out of Zion National Park. This was on our (my brother and I) way out of the park, in the mid-afternoon, during the 2009 Fall season.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 17-40L USM. Circular polarizer filter. Developed in Lightroom, adjustments in Photoshop.

37°13'15.33"N, 112°55'1.11"W

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Brandon
about 4 years, 6 months ago
WOW. Nice!
Posted By: MrPacMan36
about 4 years, 6 months ago
How do you get your coordinates for all of your shots, what app do you use (I'm assuming it's the iPhone or something, lol)

If it's not the iPhone, what device and app is it?
Posted By: Chris_baker2007
about 4 years, 6 months ago
So glad to see this one made it from The Loupe. Love this photo, awesome work!
Posted By: Iraimbilanja
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Great! How did you get the sky to be so dark, just with the circular polarizer?
Posted By: Gandee
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Isn't the polerizer darkened the sky a bit too much?
Good composition though.
Posted By: lerch84
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Great shot, but i like to see the original version too..just to realize how much is was processed.

MrPacMan36: i think those coordinates are only approximate. I found them on Google Street View and the place looks a bit different.
Posted By: Yorkie X
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Good work however for some reason the black marks on the road bother me a bit.
Posted By: Clyde
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Not bad.. Same problem for me. Way to much post processing going on.
Posted By: Brushfire
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Keep in mind, the high altitude also plays a role in the sky being darker.
I agree, this IS one of the most incredible roads to drive on. Apparently, looking at the recent submissions by Philippe, I took a similar road trip through the high desert a couple years ago. I want, no.. NEED to go back.
Posted By: Clyde
about 4 years, 6 months ago
@Brushfire.
I live at 1500 metres. That's about 5000 ft(ish). Nearly the same as the area in the picture and the sky is never that colour.
Perhaps at 29,000ft (Mt.Everest) but certainly not 6000 ft. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/2574624
Posted By: Philippe Clairo
about 4 years, 6 months ago
I must say one of the rewarding part of having your photo on IFL is to read the comments :-P
Yes, the coordinates are sometimes approximate. It is there to guide you as to where it has been taken, although I try as much as I can to nail it, which is easy sometimes (and now I'll remember to use "street view"!).
As per the post processing, there is not much applied here. This is not a Macindows photo! haha...
The reason the sky is that blue is the use of a circular polarizer. I did increase the saturation, but not by much, and applied a bit of sharpening. That's it! I think the fact that it was Fall season, and the sun being lower + polarizer turned the sky extremely dark. I remember rising my eyebrows when looking through the viewfinder as I was finding the sweet spot with the filter.
So once again, get your kicks and have a drive one day there, it is beautiful.
Thank you all for your comments! Keep'em coming :-)
Posted By: Brushfire
about 4 years, 6 months ago
@ Clyde,
Sorry if my comment was not more specific, but I thought we all understood this shot was taken with the help a polarizer. Altitude does make a difference, as does the time of year as posted above.
Posted By: sky burning
about 4 years, 6 months ago
it's very 'postcardy' meaning it lacks a deeper artistic merit, but it's still a very pleasant image and makes for a good wallpaper.
Posted By: onis_uk
about 4 years, 6 months ago
nice comp but the sky is too dark, doesnt look right for such a sunny bight shot !
Posted By: OhlinO
about 4 years, 6 months ago
I love your photo's I think it really says something when every photo you post in the Loupe makes it all the way. I have visited Lake Powell every summer for the last 8 or so years. I have seen every place you have posted so far except the Array photo, to anyone who lives in the states and has not been to these places, I would highly recommend it. Some of the most magnificent places I have ever seen.

Thanks again for the wonderful photos to remind me.
Posted By: OhlinO
about 4 years, 6 months ago
you should post... "It never stops" in the Loupe, it would for sure make it. :)
Posted By: Bor00t
about 4 years, 6 months ago
whoa, great colors!!!
Posted By: Joost
about 4 years, 6 months ago
This is what i expect from IFL members, great job.
Posted By: shankru85
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Wow. good to see a photo that i voted on the Loupe. :)
Posted By: MaDMaXX
about 4 years, 6 months ago
This is a really nice sharp picture, i love the effect CPL's create. I have a question though, as you're clearly more experienced that myself. My Sunpak filter never seems to let me get a dark topped shot in this way, is there likely to be much difference in the filters?
Posted By: CanonA1
about 4 years, 6 months ago
While a really stunning image, it's grossly over-sharpened. Is this something in the camera, or something you're doing after the fact? Would love to use this as a background pic, but the over-sharpening really ruins it: Unnatural, verges on pixilation/artifact errors. Please re-upload another version, sans the over-sharpening. P.S. Pro shooter, and while opinions vary, anything that unnaturally degrades an image or becomes distracting without adding value is probably bad.
Posted By: glaxotesm
about 4 years, 5 months ago
owww this photo makes me feel i'm flipping back because of the slope! great shot.
Posted By: Woofa
about 4 years ago
Many MANY of you people constantly forget this is not a site about perfect photography, as if there is such a thing, it's about WALLPAPER. This makes an awesome wallpaper!

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