The Golden Gem

On the way back from WPPI last week, KRP and I headed off road to see what was left of the mines at Cerbat. After talking with the landowner, we headed 6 miles back into the hills down a bumpy dirt road in the rental car (rental car’s go where 4×4’s can’t). The mine, or what was left of it, was awesome.  The craftsmanship amazed us.  They built this place without the modern technologies we all rely on.  No electricity, the drill was steam powered… and in case you forgot, Arizona is the desert.  It takes water to make steam, and the nearest water source is miles away over rocky desert terrain.   The fact that it was still standing after 140 years in the harsh Arizona sun us absolutely amazing to me.  Note – There are at least 2 uncovered shafts in the area, and it looked like a loooooong way down.

Golden Gem Mine, Cerbat, Arizona

The Golden Gem

I processed this image with Nik Software’s new Silver Efex Pro 2. It is exponentially more powerful than the next best thing, which is Silver Efex Pro. The degree of control is almost overwhelming at first, but luckily they toss in 20+ presets to get things started. One of the many new features is the ability to add structure (like the clarity slider in Lightroom) to highlights, midtones, and shadows independently as well as globally and via Nik’s awesome Control Points. I also like the addition of 14 completely customizable image borders (tutorial coming up on how to use these on both color and black and white images), selective color, and new brightness and contrast engines. To say Silver Efex Pro 2 rocks would be an understatement. I can’t wait to really dive into it and explore the “what, how, and why” of all the sliders. Download the demo here.

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One Comment

  1. Kevin La Rue February 28, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    Wow! Great picture… love how you left the clouds “wispy” while using structure where needed. Thanks for sharing.

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