29 Feb 16. A couple years back when I was visiting Utah to attend a few days of training classes, I took a side trip to visit Antelope Island which is a state park that butts up against Great Salt Lake. The weather was a mixed bag and as such I got to see the area from different perspectives. You may recall that I sent a few shots back in 2013 after I returned from the trip. If memory serves me right, all of those shots involved wildlife of some type. This time it is just a pure landscape shot but one of a nice rock that really caught my eye. The rock reminded me of what it might have been like in the gold rush days as its surface was shimmering as if it had been coated in gold. Sitting there as it was with a beautiful cloudy blue sky above it and the snow capped Rockies behind it I couldn't resit trying to capture what I was feeling as I was walking by it. The RAW capture didn't do it of course on its own, but I've made a few tweaks that gets it close.
The base image was given a little micro contrast adjustment to the clouds and rock, then I applied a filter to make it look really odd by turning it very white, modified that with a multiply blend mode which converted it to almost what you see, and finished it off with a curve adjustment to get the final look. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f /13.