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

Storm Surge

I took this shot in Arizona’s Coyote Buttes just after a storm has passed over the Second Wave. Varina and I decided to stay and shoot the sunset, we got some gorgeous light over The Wave. After shooting the sunset, we hiked back by the light of the full moon.

This shot shows an example of a complementary color scheme. Blue and yellow lie on the opposite sides of the color wheel, and are considered complementary. I also used leading lines – a natural choice at this location. The challenge in this photograph was to balance out the exposure. I chose to underexpose the sky in order to make sure the brilliantly lit sandstone was properly exposed.

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