|Paria Mud Cracks: when the mud is moist, these are extremely slippery!|
In composing this photograph, I wanted the cracks to take center stage. I wanted them to lead to another interesting photography subject as well. I found a very shallow pool and a rock standing in front of a dark wall. I tried several compositions with a 16-35 mm lens but I was not satisfied. I switched to a 17 mm tilt shift lens and took several pictures, shifting the lens up and down in order to have a very good view of the mud cracks at my feet. These were stitched together in Photoshop. Black-and-white processing seemed appropriate for this dramatic subject.