The Wave, Vermillion Cliffs, Arizona (AZ), USA

Imperfections in Nature

I love to photograph Coyotte Buttes in Arizona, and I have been lucky enough to get a permit to visit the famous Wave formation more than once. It is a wonderful experience, and almost always different. On my last visit to this location, I tried to concentrate on highlighting some of the beautiful details in the sandstone – like this “imperfection” in an area that is know for its symmetry.

This photograph is all about composition. What makes this imperfection stand out? The rest of the photo is full of repetitive patterns that seem to echo one another. The imperfection breaks that pattern. I also placed it according to the rule of thirds and brought it nice and close to my camera to enhance its relative size in the photo.

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