Making the Desert Glow

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Some of my favorite shots come from the most unexpected moments, like this long-exposure image taken long after sunset. Often times, if you’re patient, you’ll get a second chance at color. The original sunset fades, and then there is a late burst of color. It may be vibrant or somewhat subtle, but often creates some of my favorite soft images.

When I realized this was going to happen, I raced to setup another shot with a 2-minute exposure to help ensure smooth clouds. The RAW file looked a bit flat and the color is weak, but with the right processing, dodging & burning, and a few other little tricks I was able to extract an image that lived up to the awe of the moment taking in the last light of that gorgeous day.


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Greg Benz Photography