Zion Canyon Overlook
Zion + Herriman = AWESOME
Went down on a visit to Zion National Park the week that there was a 200 ton rock slide that made officials worry that all the moisture the area had received had made the canyon unstable and wasn't letting people go in until they could check it out more closely. So we headed over to the Canyon Overlook Trail about half way between the South and East entrances, a place I had never been in the park. There is a 1 mile round trip hike you have to do to get to this incredible view.
We had our kids with us, so I only had a few minutes to capture the incredible scene, so I didn't get out the tripod and take the time I would have liked to. Fired off a 34 shot hand-held panorama and hoped for the best. When I put them together I found I had missed big sections of the sky, so I had to do a sky replacement and pulled one in from a recent winter sunrise sky from Herriman that I think came together very well.
Camera: Canon 7DM2
Lens: Tokina 24-70 f/2.8
Focal Length: 70mm
Shutter Speed: 1/320
Post processing: Merged the 34 shots into a single pano in Photoshop (Lightroom and Microsoft Image Composition Editor failed to glue it together). Changed the highlights, shadows, white point, black point, clarity, contrast, sharpening, and noise reduction using Camera Raw Filter in Photoshop. Used luminosity masking to help select the the foreground from the sky. Brought the winter sky taken about 2 weeks later in Herriman at sunrise in as the background. Used colors from the sky to do dodging and burning of the highlights and shadows of the foreground. Added some masking to the foreground on the edges to make them not quite as sharp and make it look more believable.
© Jeff and Suzie Harmon Photography