Trip to Valley of Fire State Park, NV

It had been around 30 years since I’d been to Valley of Fire. As a kid growing up there was an occasional trip out to the park, which is about 1.5 hours outside Las Vegas. It’s also the first time I’ve been able to bring my camera! I’m pretty sure I’ll be making a return trip!

This image was taken at the start of the White Domes Trail at around 1pm… I was here with my family, which means that it’s a great time for them and not so great for the photographer…. but that doesn’t mean I don’t try!

Canon 5d Mark iii, ƒ/7.1 t1/125 Post Process in Adobe Photoshop CC2014, and OnOneSoftware Perfect Photo Studio  9

One of the reasons we decided to try the White Domes Trail was the Slot Canyon! My kids were initially a bit scared of it’s sheer size but after they figured out that it wouldn’t fall down they had fun!

Canon 5d Mark iii, 1/320 sec at ƒ/2.8 Post Processing in Adobe Photoshop CC2014 and OnOneSoftware Perfect Photo Studio 9, View on Smugmug

One thing about this Fall Mid Afternoon trip to Valley of Fire was watching the light change on the rocks! Sure there are better times for better light but the November light was nice the whole afternoon…

Canon 5d Mark iii, 1/50 sec at ƒ/22 Post Processing Adobe Photoshop CC2014 and OnOneSoftware Perfect Photo Studio 9, View on Smugmug

If you take any hike and just look around you’ll often find these holes in the rocks, or the early beginnings of the sandstone arch forms. I enjoyed trying to capture it!

Canon 5d Mark iii, 1/13 sec at ƒ/22, Post Processing Adobe Photoshop CC2014 and OnOnesoftware Perfect Photo StudioView on Smugmug

As we were getting ready to leave the sun was getting ready to leave as well. So a stop at the Beehive which is on the way back home was perfect for the last light of the day! These are really run to check out. The kids had a great time playing here! After a long drive out with two complaining kids in the car, we literally had to bribe them to leave the Beehive area!

Canon 5d Mark iii, 1/800 sec at ƒ/9, Post Processing Adobe Photoshop CC2014 and OnOneSoftware Perfect Photo Studio 9 View on Smugmug

This was the first set of images that I was able to use the latest version of OnOne Software Perfect Photo Studio 9. It is a fun upgrade the Studio Version includes 7 specific plugins: Perfect Effects 9, Perfect Layers 9, Perfect Enhance 9,  Perfect Resize 9, Perfect Browse 9, Perfect B/W 9 and Perfect Portrait 9. Each of the 7 plugins can be purchased separately or as the studio version that is a great bundle! For more check out Perfect Photo Studio 9 from OnOne, Inc