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The fact is... I need to explore the Factory Butte area more!
Here are a couple of shots from a few weeks back. It was my first time in there, I have driven in that area a few times now, but I have always been in a hurry to get somewhere else, so this time I made a point to stop in there.
I got in there about 1am, it helped that Craig had given me some information, so I had an idea in my head. Of course, where I ended up stopping I don't believe is exactly where Craig pointed me, but at 1am on a moonless night it's hard to be exact sometimes... so that's why I need to explore the area more. I got an early start as shooting Factory Butte does involve some hiking. There were no trails, other than the 100's of trails of cow hoof prints all over the ground. I was beginning to think I wasn't going to get any shots with that pristine foreground I had as a visual in my brain. But I kept on walking and walking and walking... I finally came to where the hoof prints ended, as if by some agreement, the cows did not go any further it seemed, and for the next mile or so, I had some pretty nice virgin soil for foregrounds. So I walked and explored, and finally I got to this area you see in #1. The shot in #2 was taken about 1/3rd of a mile south from it.
I processed both of these pretty similarly, and while #2 has much richer colors, I don't recall adjusting the saturation any different than in #1. Except for Factory Butte itself. I recognize that it does pop a bit more than #1. I tried to desaturate #2 so that the foreground was the same tone as #1, but I had to back off quite a bit, and it ended up feeling like it lost it's life when I did that. I ended up desaturating the foreground in #2 just a tad. I can only guess that perhaps it was because of the changing light. I had some heavy rain clouds to the east that kept the rising sun popping in and out all morning. Also, #2 is a bit away from #1, so perhaps the soils there did have some different components in it?
All comments are welcome,