Entry Title: "Ancient Temple"
Name: Ed Cooley , United States
Category and Expertise: Landscape|Landscapes, Non-Professional


Entry Description: The Northern Territory of Australia had more rain the summer of 2010/2011 than had been recorded in over 100 years. I planned a visit with the hope that plant life in the outback would be lush green providing a unique contrast to the red rock of Uluru. The morning of this photograph the cloud layer was high and scattered. I looked for a location close to the rock that would allow a wide angle lens to capture the lush plants and healthy trees against the backdrop of Uluru. Instead of heading for the usual sunrise vantage point I selected a location where the light would strike the side of the mountain. The side lighting provided more depth, dramatic shadows, texture on the rock and the spinifex grass turned golden.

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