I call this image “Revelation” because of its Biblical overtones. In this visualization, the setting sun, illuminating a series of inter-mountain basins of the Arizona desert, virtually screams “Behold!” Layers of desert dust and thin clouds diffuse the low sun while filling the valleys with the most glorious combination of light and shadow.
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Altering the Perspective
The ability to change the perspective of an image is a powerful feature of image editing software like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. Many photographers use the vertical perspective transformation for making converging lines become parallel, correcting the distortion that appears when the camera is pointed upward at a building. But this type of perspective transformation can also be used to add convergence or even recover the visualization you were unable to achieve in the field. In this lesson, I will describe how to alter the perspective to get a more emotive angle on a trailing fence — an effect I visualized in the field but couldn’t achieve because a large log pile blocked the ideal location for capturing the image. The result of the transformation is not exactly what I visualized but is closer to the ideal than my raw image.
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