The Tree II

Potash Road, Moab, Utah

One of the challenges we were given by our Moab tour leader Jeff Clow was to photograph one (or both) of two great trees on Potash Road. The challenge in shooting the trees is that the formations on both sides of the road are quite high, and the shadows wreak havoc on capturing them. From a composition point of view, a decision needs to be made on whether to include the road, or exclude it in a way that made a compelling image. After shooting from a few different angles, I wasn't happy with the results, as whenever I excluded the road, the tree wasn't prominent in the scene. When I included the road,  it seemed to run away from the tree as opposed to leading to it. I finally got the idea of using the railroad tracks as a complementary leading line to the road and am quite happy with the result. I processed this in black and white, as the colors took away from the tree, and I felt the tones popped better without the color.