When exploring in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, I discovered this really neat rock formation. I really liked all the rings and layers of rock, and the peak that comes up from the lower rock and touches the top of the arch, like it was molded on a pottery wheel. It’s a very unusual formation.
The sun was just about to set so I positioned myself so that the sun would peak through the opening and I used a small aperture to create a sunburst.
Although I had my tripod with me, and I’m a firm believer in tripods, sometimes I find that using it can inhibit my creativity by limiting my perspective to something I can easily achieve on the tripod.
When I made this photo I was standing on a relatively steep hill, made of this same rock, and it was hard to get the tripod positioned just right so I could capture all the elements I wanted to include in the frame. I kept getting a cramp in my foot while crouching down trying to set up my tripod so it wouldn’t slide down the hill!
Eventually I decided to take my camera off the tripod and just increase the ISO so I could take handheld shots. Suddenly I was able to move around more freely and make images from different and more interesting perspectives.
Perhaps using a tripod doesn’t always mean getting better images.