A Salt Cedar tree beautifully framed by the undulating desert sand. The Al Qudra Desert is a conservation area in the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates and home to the Arabian Oryx. The almost extinct Oryx is being re-introduced into the area.
The area is accessible by car, preferably a 4 x 4 vehicle, and subjects can easily be reached by walking. Light and hazy skies are always a problem in the desert.
I was tracking and photographing the Oryx when I noticed the lone tree standing between the dunes. The sculptural trunk of the tree was particularly beautiful to me. The horizontal lines of the dunes seem to frame it perfectly. To give more power to the tree, I composed the image with the tree in the centre of the frame.
In post-production, the colours of the sand were desaturated and toned to remove the unappealing yellow and oranges and bring about softness in the image.
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