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.

Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock

Stormy Morning at Arches

Stormy Morning at Arches

Colorado River Valley at Moab

Colorado River Valley at Moab

Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch

Morning at Arches

Morning along Park Avenue

La Sal Mountains from Arches

La Sal Mountains from Arches National Park

Devils Garden

Devil’s Garden at Arches National park

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