One of my favourite things to do when on a bush trip is to get off the beaten track and go exploring for that point of difference. I was travelling the Sandover Highway when I found a small stand of paper barks collected in one area, which obviously holds enough water from time to time to keep the paperbarks alive. Given the small size of them it was clearly a struggle to stay alive. I decided to drive around the exterior of the stand of maleleucas to see if anything presented itself. Out the back I found an area that had obviously been burnt with a hot fire early in the year because only small tuffs of grass and termite mounds appeared in the moonscape type scene.
As I was driving through a few trees started to appear which gave a point of focus in a harsh landscape. The thing was there was nothing of real note that would make me stop, until the sun poked out from behind a cloud. It just coincided with this white tree coming up in front of me and it literally glowed. The sun was so intense it seemed to make this tree just stand out alone. Cameras and tripods going everywhere, I jumped out of the car and ran closer. Glancing at the sun I only had minutes before it disappeared again so it became a race against time. It is times like this I don't think about the shot, but just go with what my eye sees and act on instinct.
Paul's Landscape Photography Tip
Trust your eyes. With digital photography it is a common thought that the only way to get a photo is to take thousands and hope for one. I believe in training your eye to analyse the scene and work out what you really want. When you do that you will get to the stage your first or second shot will be right. By doing this, when the pressure is on your self training will take over and you will still get the shot.