The latest new header image on the site, above, is cut from this image, Easy Rider Highway, which was originally posted back on August 5, 2012.
Easy Rider Highway. Nikon D200. 17-55 Nikkor f/2.8 at 22mm. ISO 800. 1/500 sec at f/8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.
This road traverses the Waputki National Monument in Arizona, not far from the Grand Canyon. (Another image of the road was posted February 12, 2012.) This road and the Wupatki Ruins were locations in the great 1969 film “Easy Rider”, featuring Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, and Jack Nicholson. After picking up a hitchhiker (in the Sunset Crater Volcano Monument just to the south of Wupatki), Wyatt (Dennis Hopper) and Billy (Peter Fonda) take this road through the Wupatki reservation. The group camps for the night in the ruins of the Wupatki Pueblo. (*)
Here is an image of the Wupatki ruins, originally posted on February 12, 2012.
Wupatki Ruins 1. Nikon D200. Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8. 23 mm (Equiv 34 mm). ISO 800. 1/1000 sec at f/22. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.
(Go to the 2012 post for additional images from the Wupatki ruins.)
San Francisco Peaks, Arizona. Copyright Joanne Mason
The San Francisco Peaks are the remnants of ancient (and not so ancient) volcanoes near Flagstaff Arizona and south of the Grand Canyon. They are very picturesque, especially in winter. I have posted numerous images from this region before. Recently, I’ve been working with an app on the iPad, Snapseed. I post this here as an example.
Snapseed was developed by Nik, about which I’ve spoken of very highly before (Nik here). Nik was recently bought by Google. There are now iPad, Windows, and Mac versions of Snapseed. The iPad version is free. Snapseed is an extremely efficient, slick, easy to use, and powerful photo-editing program. The iPad version makes some compromises. But the iPad provides an efficient and easy to use tool for photographers, especially in the field. So I have been playing around with it.
Here is the original image of the San Francisco Peaks.
(Click on the images for larger views.) This image was shot with the Fuji X100 and saved as a raw image. The image was then transferred to the iPad with the iPad camera connection kit and subsequently opened in Snapseed. The iPad retains the raw format and makes possible viewing of the raw image in the camera roll. Snapseed then does the raw conversion to a jpg. (Snapseed will only convert raw files if the images have been transferred with the camera connection kit.)
For the image above, and roughly in order: The image was straightened a few degrees with the Alignment tool, then cropped. Then converted to black and white. In the black and white conversion, several profiles can be applied; a “Contrast” profile was applied. In the black and white tool, brightness and contrast can be adjusted independently, and both were boosted. A red color filter was applied. Finally, a substantial degree of sharpening was done using the Details tool. The image was then exported back to the iPad film roll as a jpg.
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Tagged Arizona, Black and White Photography, Fuji X100, iPad, iPad apps, mountains, photo editing, San Francisco peaks, Snapseed, software
I have not mentioned my book, Landscapes of the American Southwest, recently. So herewith a shameless bit of self-promotion! Landscapes of the American Southwest features some of my best images of California, Arizona, and New Mexico. The book is available in softcover, hardcover, and apple ibook format from Blurb. Here’s a preview…
Sunset over the Grand Canyon. Nikon D200. 17-55mm Nikkor f/2.8 at 23mm. ISO 200. 1/500 sec at f/4.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.
Several images of Grand Canyon sunsets have already been posted. (Can we ever tire of such images?!) This image was processed with HDR techniques. This edition has been newly edited with additional processing in photoshop. The shot is taken from Navajo Point on the South Rim. Click image for larger.
Grand Canyon with Tree. Nikon D200. 17-55mm Nikkor f/2.8, at 22mm. ISO 200. 1/600 sec at f/2.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.
I’m raiding the archives for images that haven’t been posted here yet. Here’s another from the Grand Canyon series, shot in the mid-afternoon sun from the south rim. Click image for larger.
Canyon View with Old Tree. Nikon D200. 12-24mm Nikkor f/4 at 22mm. ISO 200. 1/200 sec at f/13. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.
This image from the Grand Canyon series is new here, not previously posted. It’s newly edited. Needless to say, I like the remnants of old trees. Click for larger.
Old Tree. Nikon D200. 17-55mm Nikkor f/2.8, at 48mm. ISO 800. 1/1000 sec at f/8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.
This old tree sits overlooking the ruins of an ancient pueblo settlement in Arizona. The image – which has been completely re-edited – was mislabeled in a previous posting. Originally tagged as being on the rim of Canyon de Chelly, the tree is actually much further west on the Wupatki plain. Click for larger.