Charred

The deserts of central Australia from the Simspson in the east to the Great Sandy Desert in the west are a place of inspiration for me and somewhere I am completely at home at anytime of year. This time I was in the Great Victoria Desert enjoying the space and remoteness one can only understand by being there. The deserts make you work for a shot because they don't give a waterfall to make it easy, there is no billabong to provide reflections, there are few manmade structures to give a point of interest. That is why I like the challenge of the deserts and enjoy photographing them in a way that might help everyone understand how magical and alive they are.

In the case of this image I drove past this stand of burnt trees and the contrast between the red sand and blackened trees made me say "there is a shot in there" Pulling over I began my customary walk through the area looking and learning and getting wet from the slow misty drizzle. In Darwin getting wet is no big deal because even on a cold day when it rains it might get to 25C. Here it was around 10 degrees, and not good for someone used to the tropics.

Eventually I settled on a particular area, and then it was time to finally get the camera out. Camping under an umbrella I set my gear up and composed my shot. By this time I was wet and cold but determined to get the shot. The light was fickle and changed slowly but from time to time it gave life to the landscape.

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Paul's Landscape Photography Tip

Look for the elements that are going to be a part of your image and decide how they fit best. In this one I had red sand and charred trees. By learning the area I found a some other elements I wanted to add - they were the small patches of green grass and the small puddles of water glistening in the light. From there I decided this was the best way to combine them into a single image.