Lone Tree, Coyote Buttes North, Utah (Black and White)

Lone Tree, Coyote Buttes North, Utah (Color)

Lone Tree, Coyote Buttes North, Utah

I've continued to explore my photo archives (as the Seattle weather discourages me from going out to shoot in autumn), and continue to go back to my February trip to the Coyote Buttes North area, on the border of Utah and Arizona.

Along the way towards The Wave we took a side trip up to see the Lace Rocks, which was a bit of a climb up slippery sandstone. I spotted this lone tree, seemingly dead now, that had grown out of the desert rock. I decided to post this photo, although as I look at it critically I see a few things I wish I'd done differently (specifically, bring the camera level lower, and improve the focus to sharpen the background).

However, in chatting with those I hiked around with there it was noted that perhaps we needed more color treatments of the area, rather than all the black and white photos that I've been posted, so I decided to post both. I initially preferred the black and white version for the separation of the tree from the sky, but now I'm leaning towards the color treatment as I think the color of the sandstone is part of what makes this area so special. I suppose there's no right choice.

Nikon D90 | Nikon 18-200VR@26mm | f/8 | 1/320s | ISO200 | Handheld

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