Arches National Park and the surrounding area is one of my favorite photography destinations, so when I had to make a business trip to Utah in February. a detour through Moab and Arches was a must-add to my itinerary. My trip out was uneventful and the weather was great, but coming home I ran into a winter snowstorm and, oh darn, I only made it back as far as Moab before I had to stop for the night. Photographing Arches in a winter storm was an interesting experience. The whole nature of the landscape changes when the sun isn’t shining on the beautiful rock formations.
Since I couldn’t emphasize the bold colors and contrasts of the landscape, I decided to create some black-and-white photography, something I haven’t done for quite a while. Since I’m strictly a digital photographer these days, all of my black-and-white photography is created in post-processing. For this project, I pulled out a program I hadn’t used for a while and had some fun getting reacquainted with On1 Photo Raw. It’s a great, powerful photo-editing program, at a price that’s affordable for hobby photographers and pros alike.
In selecting my images to convert to black-and-white, I found the best images were those that had more contrast. In applying some of the different available filters, the changes in the images were amazing. It was a definite throwback to my film days and my stash of colored filters. If you haven’t tried any black-and-white lately, I highly recommend it. It’s a great way to get your creative juices flowing. For these pictures at Arches, I found that the green filter had the most impact on the red rocks.