As the Great Salt Lake declines in this time of drought, and as water evaporates, the surface area is smaller on the lake bed than the surface area of the previous lake levelt. The salt that had formed a crust at one point on the lakes's surface--probably when it was about 2 inches deep--does not "fit" on the lake bed, so these little ridges are formed.
In some places on the salt flats, it is flatter, such as the Bonneville Raceway, where jet cars break the speed of sound, but here, where the lake rises and falls, these formations are everywhere.
The Great Salt Lake is sometimes very beautiful, and sometimes it is just very interesting.
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joseelias (0) 2003-10-29 10:19
I agree with Caprice that something is missing in your photo, but togheter with your note it becomes quite interesting. The only images I saw from the lake were those of the cars, but I never actually seen the salt in it! Many times the name of the lake sounds like a title and nothing for real.
As I've commented on another picture, this photo is maynly very good to the travelog. It's a complementary and interesting detail of the landscapes.
I believe you could get a very interesting picture at the salt level until the horizon.
torben (3098) 2003-10-29 11:32
The "mountain-ridge" of salt is well-placed in the frame, but its profile is to weak to make a strong composition.
Maybe a vertical 2D-study of the texture could be efficient, but it would probably need some indicator of scale.
Getting the camera lower to make a juxtaposition of the salt-mountains and the real mountains in the distance seems like a promising option, if possible.
I agree with joseelias, this image works well in the context of a travelouge.
Darren (6823) 2003-10-29 20:16
What I really like about this shot David is that these small ridges of salt could be mistaken for sand dunes in a desert somewhere. Actually, my first thought was of the famous photos we have all seen of (I think) the Sahara, just white toned, not reddish. I think to make this really work well, you need to shoot this ata different time of day. Early morning or late afternoon light will give more appealing colors, but more importantly will cast long shadows and quite possibly create quite dramatic contrasts between light and dark. An even lower perspecitve might help even more. Good shot David.
henrye (3500) 2003-10-30 1:09
Interesting pic. I agree that the photo maybe lacks a subject to focus on, but otherwise (and together with your note) it is very good and informative.
touristdidi (8583) 2003-11-01 8:06
Been there, it sucked all the moisture out of my body... took the finish off my jewerly....... interstng photo!
- Copyright: David Sidwell (dsidwell) (9771)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-10-14
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Sony DSC F707, UV+Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Copper and Salt
- Theme(s): World Salt Lakes [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-10-29 5:29