I was playing around with some more of my Southwest vacation pictures last night. Of course, whenever you look at photos of the Southwest, you start thinking of Ansel Adams.
Why not play with one photo and see if I could do an Ansel impression?
After a few throwaways, I realized I needed a very wide shot of a distant scene. Clouds were necessary – the sky needed sharp contrast.
In this case, I took the liberty of removing a black plastic fence. Other than that, the photo stands as shot… just in black and white and with the darkest and brightest parts ‘crushed’ to stand out.
The sun was already strong, but now the monoliths seem really starkly lit and the clouds have turn from puffy to ominous.