Textures and shading. While it is usually the shading alone that gravitates me towards these types of compositions, there are the added textural foreground elements present here also. With these many elements, the photograph borders on having too much going on.
In a previous composition, Death Valley (CA), Panamint Range, Monochrome Shades, Backlight, I had noted in the Processing Notes that there is a natural slope to the valley floor. Yet without the context of the foreground here, I need to “straighten” the image. Without context, the image would be similar to having a sloping ocean or lake composition. The viewer would feel as though water should be leaking out one side of the image. Now here in this photograph, with the context of the layers of intersecting slopes, there is not a feeling the photograph is tilted unnaturally.
Processing Notes: Initial edits in Lightroom included dust spot removal, then monochrome conversion and color tone adjustments in Silver EFex Pro 2 (a standalong application and plug-in to Lightroom), and final contrast and graduated filter adjustments in Lightroom.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 165mm, f/13, 1/250 sec
Death Valley (CA), Panamint Range, Sloping Valley, Monochrome. Scotty Castle Road, Death Valley, CA. November 26, 2016. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.