Spectacular geology makes images like these seem effortless – but when the light goes a little nuts, the result can be even more unique and breathtaking. Here is an image from Vermilion Cliffs in Southern Utah, were spectacular geology is the rule, rather than the exception.
I used leading lines to draw the viewer’s attention into the image. I made sure that the leading lines pointed into the photograph – leading the eye towards an interesting element. This works better than lines that might lead the eye out of a photograph. This photo also relies on complementary colors to create contrast and impact. I used a circular polarizer to help bring out the colors in the rocks and the sky.
What other composition rules do you see in this image?