When we first arrived at Dead Horse Point outside of Moab, Utah, I walked right by this picturesque juniper tree. I guess I was more focused on the massive expanse of contouring earth to my left as I meandered down the rim trail. It wasn’t until my fellow photographer, Randy Van Duinen, kindly pointed it out by showing me his comp on the back of his camera. Once he showed me where it was, I instantly started buzzing around it, trying to find an optimal view that didn’t include the other adjacent tourists. There was one person, in particular, who was intent on having a thorough conversation on his cell phone. After a few attempts of trying to get his attention, another tourist passing by was kind enough to get him to move.

The more I look at my photos of this tree, the more elegant I find it to be. We’ll be photographing this area again at sunrise in a few days and I’m hoping for even more optimal conditions. I took this photo handheld with my Sony A7r and Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 telephoto lens. Stylization was done in Analog Efex Pro 2, part of the Nik Collection by Google.