I’m still trying to hack away at the backlog of images that seems to be growing. Not a bad problem to have at all. I came across this shot and thought it would make for a good lesson to share here with all of you.

I took this shot in August, while visiting some salt flats near Saltair, Utah with +Nicole S. Young. As you could see, the sun was running away at an alarming clip, so time was not a luxury that either of us had. I wanted to capture the vastness of the area but I also felt that it was lacking in interest when I tried to shoot it as a barren landscape.

So, I scanned around and saw this dried out tree stump. The fact that it had this tiny branch growing out of its top was a little bonus. I knew that I had found my anchor. I felt that a shot as desolate as this one needed to be broken up with an anchor – a dominant element in the foreground that the eyes can return to when they get fatigued or bored of the rest of the scene.

I placed it in the lower left quadrant of the frame because it aided in the overall flow of the image. I tone-mapped this shot because it would be impossible to convey the full dynamic range of the scene without it. Stylization and cleanup was all done in Perfect Photo Suite 6.

Enjoy!