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Black Canyon of the Gunnison – Layer Mask Tutorial

I thought I would bring you back to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison today and use this opportunity to give you a quick Photoshop tutorial on using a layer mask and also how to process this with the onOne Perfect Photo Suite 6 using Perfect Layers.  This image from the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison at Island Peaks viewpoint.  The deep darkness of the canyon and the bright daylight of the sky make for very contrasting exposures and so you have to use either a GND filter or take two separate images.  I didn’t have the proper GND filters with me on this day so I chose to take two separate images for this image.  One image was exposed for the sky and the other image exposed for the canyon.

Here’s the final image:

Black Canyon of the Gunnison - ©2012 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved

Click to Enlarge - Black Canyon of the Gunnison - ©2012 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved

Here’s the video tutorial on how to perform a layer mask in Photoshop:

Here’s the same layer mask function using the onOne Perfect Photo Suite 6 – Perfect Layers

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Sunflower Sunset - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge - Sunflower Sunset - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Big Island View

No, unfortunately I’m not taking you to the Big Island of Hawaii today, but back down to Southern Colorado to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  I don’t see this image much, but this is the Big Island View along the North Rim of the Black Canyon.  I was just swept away by the steep canyon walls contrasted with the wide open spaces just beyond the wall.  The clouds rolling over added a nice dramatic look to the image.  This is one place I definitely need to do some more exploring next year.  Hopefully I can get down in the canyon next year and do some hiking.

Big Island View - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Sunset in the Black Canyon

Let’s get this week started with a sunset!  Last month I took a trip down the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  The Black Canyon is located in western Colorado and is one of America’s National Parks.  It’s know for its deep dark canyon walls that have been cut through by the Gunnison River.  The Black Canyon is appropriately named on account of its steepness which makes it difficult for sunlight to penetrate very far down the canyon.  My trip to the Black Canyon was unfortunately met with a rainy weekend so my opportunities to capture the canyon were not ideal.  It didn’t help me in my fishing either.

This sunset was on the second night of my stay.  The clouds had opened up long enough for the sun to peak through during sunset.  It created some dramatic skies and so sometimes you have to take what Mother Nature gives you.  This picture is from the South Rim at Sunset View, which is the place in the park known for viewing the sunset.

Have a great week, everyone!

Sunset in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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