Here is something we can learn from ThomasDenoulet about the techniques used to capture his awarded photo, photography tips, and the best monument valley photography spots.

1. ThomasDenoulet, where did you take this photo?

This picture was taken during a morning hike through Monument Valley.

2. What time of day?

We left on the hike Just after sunrise so that the heat would be bearable. The sun was rising quickly but there was still some mist left.

3. Anything worth sharing about lighting?

As the sun was already pretty high, the lightning was pretty harsh. Luckily the leftover mist from sunrise helped separate the dead tree from the mountains in the back. The result was pretty contrasty but this worked in my favor.

4. What equipment did you use?

This was a handheld shot with my Canon Eos 760d and my 75-300 USM telephoto lens. Taken at 150mm, 1/250 sec, f/5,6, and ISO 100.

5. What inspired you to take this photo?

I always look for a unique perspective in the, often very touristic, places I visit. In the dry and barren landscape of Monument Valley it is hard to look for something interesting besides the massive rock formations. I spotted this dead tree when I took a different photo and saw the potential it had.

6. Did you do any post-processing? If yes, tell us about it!

I processed the picture in Adobe Lightroom.

7. What equipment do you normally have in your bag?

I always have my Canon Eos 760d, my Canon 17-55 2.8 zoom lens, a 75-300 telephoto lens, my tripod, and some filters.

8. Any advice for others trying to capture something similar?

Always go with your own style! Don't give in to the pressure of social media and stay true to yourself! Go out as often as possible because every time you do, you'll learn new things.

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