Black-and-White Photography at Arches National Park

Black-and-White Photography at Arches National Park

The post you are reading may contain links to other websites where you can purchase products I have recommended in my post. If you use these links to make a purchase, it will not cost you any more, and I will receive a small commission on your purchase.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 Corel’s Paint Shop Pro. 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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27 thoughts on “Black-and-White Photography at Arches National Park

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  • April 22, 2015 at 3:50 am
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    In a color world, there is nothing quite so dramatic as black-and-white photography…especially of natural formations like these. Makes me want to come visit and take my own pix! Great work, Marie!

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  • April 19, 2015 at 11:43 am
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    Wow….fabulous photos and definitely a place I want to now visit. Thanks for sharing.

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  • April 18, 2015 at 4:06 pm
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    Wow! You surely captured some AMAZING scenery and I must say, I have been there and you sure killed it! I have been to 4 corners, the painted desert and some of those, when I was a teen, if I recall correctly… but man, those are gorgeous, postcard ready girl. BTW, I love black and white photos too, they can really change the image.

    FYI – I didn’t see your comment, so checked my spam, yep, it was there… so I unchecked yours then hit delete spam versus delete checked so yours was deleted.. and I hadn’t even read it yet, bummer.. anyways, that’s why your comment isn’t on my page. Sorry, but thanks!

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  • April 16, 2015 at 12:28 pm
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    Your photos are truly amazing!!!! I’m headed there in two weekends, and you’ve made me more excited to visit a place I’ve never been. Any must sees?

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    • April 16, 2015 at 4:25 pm
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      Thank you, Holly. You will have a ball–the weather should be about perfect this time of year. Both Arches and Canyonlands are amazing. Delicate Arch in Arches is beautiful and a great hike for sure–not hard. Landscape ARch is also a fun and easy hike. Being in the park at either sunset or sunrise will give you the most beautiful colors and views. And if you have time and a car, driving up the canyon along the Colorado River just south of ARches is beautiful–there’s an awesome Dude Ranch up that canyon that I would love to stay out. Dead Horse Point State Park (gotta love that name) has some amazing views down into Canyonlands. If you have 4-wheel drive, going down into Canyonlands is well worth the trip. Also, if you can do sunrise at Mesa Arch, which is actually in Canyonlands, it’s pretty iconic–and wall-to-wall photographers. Have a great trip!

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  • April 16, 2015 at 7:57 am
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    Wow! Your taste in photography is exquisite! These images really are beautiful, and I love that you did them in black and white (it really adds to the mystery of the landscape). Nice work!

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  • April 16, 2015 at 5:21 am
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    Thanks Marie, I love the photos.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm
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    What gorgeous pictures, Marie!

    I’ve never been to Arches, but definitely would love to see some of these sites!

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    • April 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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      Thank you, Cathy. Arches–and Canyonlands–are both well worth the trip. I hope you get there someday.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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    Great pictures really. They capture the sights really well. Thank you for sharing

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    • April 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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      Thank you, Rosemary.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm
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    Beautiful photographs, they are very dramatic. I’m just an amateur but it seems to me that sometimes the b&w are more dramatic. 🙂

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    • April 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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      I agree, Sandy. Sometimes there is a drama in black-and-white that can get lost in a color photograph.

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    • April 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm
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      Thank you, Sharon. I have not set up an affiliate program for my photographs yet. I am just getting the hang of working with other’s affiliate programs–but I would love to expand out that way.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 11:14 am
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    I absolutely love black and whites. Thanks for the tips. I want to have my animals all done in black and whites for the living room. I have an incredible camera. Its just a matter of trying it out I guess. Thanks for the courage 🙂

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    • April 15, 2015 at 3:35 pm
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      Jill, it’s defnitely a matter of learning to use your camera. Studying the work of others, reading or watching tutorials and then going out and trying out what you’ve learned is the best way to do it. I have a number of tutorials on the site and I’m always adding more. If you have any topics you’d like to see covered, just let me know.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 10:47 am
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    I live in northern Arizona and we often visit Utah. It has 5 national parks and the Arches is one of them. All gorgeous. I haven’t been there in the winter but bet it would be gorgeous. Never thought of having them in black and white.

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    • April 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm
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      Winter in our Southwest parks is definitely a different experience from summer, Beth. I am looking forward to visiting in winter again.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 8:37 am
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    Lovely photographs. It’s a pleasure to see some black and whites. These make me want to see this in person.

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    • April 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm
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      Wonderful, Roslyn. I am always happy when my photographs can inspire someone else to their own adventures.

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    • April 15, 2015 at 3:37 pm
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      Thank you, Michael. It’s been one of my favorite stops for years.

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