I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Zabriskie Point at sunset and sunrise (as pictured here). I would go far to say that this particular area is an ideal place for any budding landscape shooter to cut their teeth on. It offers so much in terms of studies in shape, shadow, contours, color… you get it.

On this particular morning, I was joined by my bard of merry and frozen over friends, Brian Bonham, Matt Kloskowski, Amy Heiden, and the Burro, Ricardo Lagos. We got to the site about 40 minutes before color started to show. Our early efforts paid off with us having our choice of position – which was a huge boon, especially after being joined by about 15 other photographers.

I love this shot, in particular, because of the varying plays on undulation. You’ve got waving planes, waving striations, and waving shadows. All of that coupled with the gorgeous, warm glow of the rising sun and you’ve got a beautiful depiction of nature.

In terms of processing
Very little needed to be done here. I used Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software to warm up the image and add some texture using custom Color and Tone Enhancers. I also brought out deeper shadows to accentuate the light/shadow play.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.