This image is from Wupatki National Monument. After a day of field surveys I ended up in an area of the park called the Box Ruin. As the light begin to fade a huge storm blew in over the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. As the storm built up, strong winds whipped the clouds across the sky, dropping rain upon the grasslands. I watched the clouds build for some time and on the walk back to the car found these old trees to photograph as a foreground element to contrast against the clouds.
The RAW file was processed in Adobe Lightroom and exported to Photoshop. Post processing included a conversion to black and white and a series of curve adjustments to bring out details in the trees and add depth to the cloud formations.
This image was recently chosen for the The Mindful Eye’s Daily Critique . You can hear Craig’s review at http://www.tmelive.com/
For more information on Wupatki National Monument please visit the park website at http://www.nps.gov/wupa/index.htm