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.
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.