Congrats to Bob Larson for winning the Into The Sun Assignment!
“I first discovered this area of the Granite Dells in Prescott, AZ, by accident while chasing a rainbow shot during the Monsoon season in 2011,” explains Larson. “I climbed and hiked and sweated my way to the top of a huge granite shelf and got my shot. I looked behind me and saw this small rock outcropping way down below. I hiked down there and loved what I was seeing, but the light had left the area.
“I was shooting at Watson Lake less than a mile away when I saw the clouds line up right, packed my stuff up and headed to this spot. It takes some tough hiking and climbing, but it is almost always worth it. The sun sets behind this formation and when there are scattered clouds the sky just bursts with color, sometimes so much so that converting to black and white tones down the “busy-ness” and focuses the view.
“This is a single RAW file developed twice, once for the sky, and once for the foreground and center formation. Both exposures were blended manually in Photoshop the converted to black and white in NIK Silver Effects Pro 2.”