On the Edge – The Grand Canyon

On the Edge / The Grand Canyon Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

On the Edge / The Grand Canyon Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

On the Edge / The Grand Canyon Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

 On the Edge – The Grand Canyon

   Don’t worry, the vest is faux! This shoot is conveniently titled “On the Edge.” Not only am I literally sitting on the edge of The Grand Canyon, but we’re also on the edge of a brand new year, so it seemed only fitting to release these photos today. As you already know, we flew out to Nevada last month in search of beautiful landscapes and exciting things to photograph. The Grand Canyon was definitely one of the highlights of the trip! When we arrived at the South Rim of the canyon, we were immediately surprised to see snow on the ground. We drove in from Las Vegas where it was fairly warm, and now here we were, experiencing freezing temperatures and snow! That’s the desert for you, you never know if you’ll be sweating or shivering until you get there. We woke up entirely too early one day to get these shots in the morning sunlight. Just getting to this peak was an adventure in itself. We had to dodge ice patches, hold on to branches and jump from rock to rock to reach the edge. I was more than happy to take a seat and steady myself after that trek.  Once I had my bearings and I was no longer afraid that I would fall, I looked out and really allowed myself to take it all in. One of the things that surprised me the most about the canyon was the beautiful range of color. I was expecting oranges and yellows, but I also found reds, blues, magentas and purples. The scene quite literally took my breath away…I’d never seen something so vast and magnificent! Being on the edge of something this incredible really makes you sit back and reflect on life. We shared a few moments of quiet reflection and gratitude before we started shooting.

   For the editing processes, I really wanted the canyon to be the star of the show, so I decided to use The Landscape Collection. Usually, I don’t recommend using this collection for photos with people in them, but if you’re careful to remove some of the clarity and contrast around the face of your subject, you can achieve a balanced look. After testing out a few of the presets in The Landscape Collection, I finally settled on the “Skyline” Preset. Next, I layered a “Faded” Preset over the photo to give it that washed out/cinematic look. Finally, I boosted the exposure and came in with some of my chic makeup brushes from The Brush Collection. I created a quick Transformation VIDEO below! When I was finished with the edit, I stepped back and looked at the photos again with fresh eyes. I loved the sandy/vintage look that I created and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. Well, I hope that you enjoyed the scenery this week. Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram and Facebook for new travel diaries, tutorials and FREE presets. Happy 2017! 

On the Edge / The Grand Canyon Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

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