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The Road to Bonneville

August 17th, 2010

On the drive to California I stopped near the border of Utah and Nevada to see the Bonneville Salt Flats, where Bonneville Speedway is located. Several land speed records have been set there, as it's a vast expanse of flat salt ideal for high speeds. I photographed the long road that takes you there.

Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: michu
about 13 years, 11 months ago
I like the color and composition of this image. In particular how the vanishing point directs your eye to the beautiful blue sky.

This image would be even better if the focus was sharper and there was slightly less detector noise. It looks great at the lower resolutions but at 2560x1600 these flaws begin to dominate the image.
Posted By: knaim2
about 13 years, 11 months ago
I love this shot...but for some reason it's sort of lonely for me. It's hard to keep it as my desktop.

I'm not sure how I think this image could be improved.
Posted By: rejectEd
about 13 years, 11 months ago
The space, the colour, the sense of peacefulness and emptiness is perfect.

Not a lot to dislike and little that can be improved upon.

Thanks :)
about 13 years, 11 months ago
This is amazing indeed and brings back some memories... I was on this same road in July of 2001. Thanks for sharing this amazing beauty. I really love your composition and colors of course.

Not much to improve here in my humble opinion. Looks like there are some changes for comments. Interesting concept.
Posted By: Nemezijus
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Wallpapered this one from the first moment I saw it. I just love these shots of roads to far distances a.k.a. nowhere. And this one is special cause of the blue+white composition around it. Would it be possible to know what was done with Lightroom/Photoshop here?

Not much to improve here as I love the shot but would it be possible to know what was done with Lightroom/Photoshop here?
Posted By: only4now
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Wonderful! I am very happy this photo made it off of the Loupe. Got my vote right away.

My favorite part about this is the color balance... very nice mood it evokes. I like it~ went quick to my desktop and phone.

I have no comments for this picture.. I think it does all it needed to do. Good shot :)
Posted By: Chris F
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Thanks for the kind words everyone, I'm very excited to be able to contribute to the IFL community!

I used Lightroom to make significant changes. Here is what the image looked like as a RAW: http://imgur.com/VGHtR.jpg

My edits went in this order:
Light Tones up (all the way)
Highlight Tones up
Dark Tones up
Shadow Tones down
Saturation up (just a little)
Temperature down (50K)
Vignette Amount down
Contrast up (just a little)
Blue Saturation Shift down
Clarity up

I only used Photoshop for cropping to get the 1.6 aspect ratio. Photoshop just makes that so easy.

The sharpness of the image is a concern of mine as well. My monitor is 1080p and I wish there was just a bit more focus. ISO was on the lowest setting and the shutter speed was very high (800), so I think it's my lens, as opposed to hand shake or excessive noise. This lens happens to be sharpest at f/5.6 at 35mm, and the shot was taken at f/8.0 at 17mm.

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