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I'm not sure why "Don't Talk to Strangers" is such a pervasive maxim in our society.  As if every stranger is hell bent on our personal destruction and by talking to them we're unleashing all of their fury and ire.  I find this to be slightly ridiculous.  In my opinion "Talk to Strangers" is a much more interesting and enjoyable maxim to live one's life by.

As I was backpacking through the wondrous Coyote Gulch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, I struck up a conversation with four backpackers who were also overnighting in the canyon.  Being from Utah, this group had a wealth of knowledge about the area and clued me in to a number of excellent places to visit, including this one, Zebra Canyon.  I probably would have missed this otherwise, so thank goodness I like to talk to strangers.

Tech notes on this photo
Nikon D7000
Tokina 12-24 f/4 at 12mm on a crop sensor
ISO100 for smoothest exposure
f/16 for lots of DOF 
4 seconds 

In Raw Converter (Nikon Capture NX2)
- Processed single raw file once 
- Global contrast for added pop
- Slightly cooled white balance and added a dash of magenta tint

In Photoshop:
- Duplicated image and sharpened, set opacity of this layer fairly low to help bring out detail without looking over-sharpened
- Curves adjustment to add global contrast
- Curves adjustment to brighten center of image to create visual flow from dark to light
- Color balance to remove some of the magenta cast added in the raw conversion

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